Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 18
- Grade: 4 to 6
- Reading age: 9 to 11
Some psychologists argue that peers have a greater influence on one another than do their parents, siblings, and teachers. Sometimes this influence is positive, but all too often pressure from friends and bullies can have negative effects, from hurt feelings to seriously risky behaviour.
Using contemporary situations and language, Peer Pressure explores the pressures young people experience, how to walk away from it, and how kids can empower each other to stand up for their own interests.
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.
Ben Shannon is a Canadian-born, award-winning illustrator, animator, and father of two. An alumni of Sheridan College’s Illustration program, Ben has worked for numerous high profile clients including National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal, Nike, Universal Music, Marvel, and DC Comics. Winner of the ADCC interactive Design Illustration award in 2008, and the Applied Arts award of excellence in the field of illustration in 1998, his work was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2014. Ben is currently employed by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation by day and is a contributing artist to the First Nations comic anthology Moonshot by night.
"As wonderful as the words are, it is the visual format and illustrations that make this series so appealing and kid friendly. The information, straight-forward talk, and behavior-challenging questions are well done, but the art will surely make youth pick up these books."
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"The author does an excellent presentation of good and bad peer pressure. Readers will mature in reactions to peer pressure as they learn to make good choices and realize that they are empowered to choose how they will treat others with fairness and dignity. Recommended."
The SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"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