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The Warrior Challenge: 8 Quests for Boys to Grow Up with Kindness, Courage, and Grit

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Practical advice for kids to be humans with integrity.

Book John Beede Advice 2020
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Packed with real advice, true stories, and concrete examples, this advice book tries, and mostly succeeds, to balance between helpful advice kids won't read and trite advice kids don't need. The Warrior Challenge starts off with a lot of bravado, as if the only way to be a warrior is through physical strength and achievement. But it soon settles into deeper topics of integrity, self-worth, personal responsibility, awareness of others, and a serious amount of introspection for this age group. The book sets them up for success by providing a framework for thinking and talking about their feelings and priorities. And readers will find Johnny Dombrowski's dramatic comic-style back-and-white illustrations complement the text and help drive home the messages.

The chapter about pornography and sexual relationships uses clear language, with a big focus on consent and respect. Beede is sure to say that the warrior journey applies to everyone, but he wrote the book from his perspective as a straight, White male, because that's his frame of reference. The resources at the end of the book reaffirm his statement that it takes strength to ask for help, and that everyone needs help throughout their lives.

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