Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 14
- Grade: 4 to 8
- Reading age: 8 to 14
Schoolyard fights used to be viewed as an inevitable part of growing up, especially for boys. But escalating violence in schools--including many incidents involving weapons--has made conflict resolution among young people a serious issue across the country.
All people experience feelings of anger and hostility, but as we mature we learn how to control these feelings and find positive outlets for them. Fighting was written for students when they need to understand and manage aggression -- their own or someone else's -- in order to avoid getting into physical fights. [Fry Reading Level - 5.6
About the authors
ELAINE SLAVENS is the former Consultant of Guidance and Social/Personal Skills for the Toronto District School Board and was previously Conflict Resolution Advisor for the Toronto Board of Education. This book reflects her deep and sympathetic understanding of young people and her experience with issues of conflict in school settings. The Deal With It Series helps adolescents cope with conflicts in everyday life and aims to promote peaceful homes, schools, and communities.
STEVEN MURRAY is an award-winning, Toronto-based illustrator and a graduate of Sheridan College's prestigious Interpretive Illustration program. His unique blend of humour and art has been consistently on display in publications such as The Globe and Mail, National Post, and The Toronto Star.
"This book is recommended for several reasons. The excellent use of white space, illustrations and different fonts helps keep the reader's attention. The question and answer section will appeal to young adults. ... This is a simple, direct approach to a common problem in some high schools. Recommended."
The Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Fighting is a strong stand-alone book. Fighting not only focuses on the instigator and defender, but also reminds witnesses of their social responsibility. Just because one does not get into a fight, does not mean that one can ignore the problem. The excellence of this well-done series makes this reviewer anxious to see forthcoming books."
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"Text is simple and uses the popular language of tweens and young teens. Short sections and a good variety of presentation formats will keep the reader's attention, while sound advice, sample scenarios and suggestions for altering behaviour, without sounding preachy, will give young people plenty of ideas for gaining control of their own behaviours."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials