Enter to Win Notable Nonfiction for YA Readers!

giveaway button © by Free Spirit Publishing lgThis month we’re giving away all of the YA titles pictured here. Entries must be received by midnight, November 28, 2014.


How Rude!®
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide
Being Me with OCD
Words Wound

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us how you help teens succeed. This giveaway is now closed.

For additional entries, complete the following tasks and leave a separate comment below for each:

Each comment counts as a separate entry—that’s up to four chances to win! Entries must be received by midnight November 28, 2014.

The winner will be contacted via email on or around December 1, 2014, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winner must be a U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older.

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71 Responses to Enter to Win Notable Nonfiction for YA Readers!

  1. Melissa Theis says:

    I help teens succeed by being assisting them in identifying their strengths

  2. Rachel says:

    You guys are a great resource. I always know I have a reliable source to turn to when I need something!!

  3. Teresa Riddle says:

    I am a teacher, and I constantly tell my students that I believe in them and to not listen to those people who say they can’t.

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  5. I help teens succeed by working with them in a setting and way they can relate to. It is different for every child I see. We usually break up lessons from books with games and flash cards or power point quizzes to review topics. My favorite free spirit book is Stick up for Yourself.

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  7. Almeta says:

    I help teens succeed by working with them a lot while they are in the primary grades. I try my best to leave a good impression upon them and to let them know that I am a resource that always be available to them within reason. Often times, I do continue to work with many students (upper elementary to teens) as they face many endeavors and need guidance and/or advice because I have established the necessary rapport with them. My goal is to ensure that all students get what they need in order to succeed in life.

  8. nohemi diaz says:

    I provide couneling services to different schools and know my students would benefit greatly from having these books. My student range from kindergarten to fifth grade.

  9. Erin Hough says:

    I created a classroom library for my Special Needs middle school students that include several Free Spirit books in the nonfiction section. Many of those books came from my daughters’ collection, but I add to it whenever I can. Because the reading level of my students varies from 1st grade to 6th grade, the accessibility of Free Spirit books makes them favorites!

  10. Diane Angst says:

    As a middle school teacher, the best thing I can do is listen to my students when they want to talk. I try to honor who they are by allowing them the freedom to be themselves.

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  12. aralynlove says:

    By guiding them to find there inner passions.

  13. Angela says:

    I help teens succeed by listening and help guide them towards their future. I am a school counselor at a K-6 school.

  14. Joanne Jackal says:

    I’m a psychotherapist who works with teens. Free Spirit has been a reliable and inspiring source for materials to help them through this often challenging phase of life.

  15. Barb Best says:

    As a comedy writer, I am committed to helping teens succeed by encouraging them to develop their senses of humor. It is important that they perceive humor as a critical life skill that will aid them in achieving success, balance, and happiness.

  16. As a librarian in a middle school in South Dakota I’m a firm believer in letting kids be free range readers. That’s letting them read what they like when they like. A little fantasy on Monday, nonfiction military on Tuesday, followed by a classic on Wed. it means that I need to have a wide variety of books to let them follow their interests.

  17. Robin prosser says:

    I am a secondary teacher at a small, rural CO school where I also serve as the G/T coordinator. We have few outside sources of assistance for any of our students in special populations other than the basics (classroom teachers and aids, a special education teacher, and a G/T coordinator). I hope that I help students everyday by listening to them, caring for them, making them feel comfortable in my classroom, and teaching them to believe in themselves no matter what.

  18. Christine Powyszynski says:

    Thank you for offering this entry. My son just received a diagnoses and I think these books can be helpful.

  19. Elizabeth Coble says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook!

  20. Elizabeth Coble says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  21. Elizabeth Coble says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Twitter.

  22. Elizabeth Coble says:

    As an educator, I help students everyday. Working with pre-teens and teens, I get a chance to listen and talk to them. I am happy to help them, both academically and socially.

  23. Victoria DeOrnellis says:

    I follow on Pinterest (magoosmom)

  24. Victoria DeOrnellis says:

    I follow on Twitter (magoosmom75)

  25. Victoria DeOrnellis says:

    I like Free Spirit on Facebook

  26. Victoria DeOrnellis says:

    I teach gifted students at a small school…I see my students year after year from 2nd grade to 8th. I encourage my teens to stay true to themselves and to be proud of who they are and who they are becoming.

  27. Lynn says:

    I help teens be successful by teaching them everyday life issues. I am a social worker who works with all ages. I especially listen to what they have to say about anything.

  28. Valerie says:

    I help students succeed by listening to them. Sometimes their problems are major issues and sometimes they just want to unload for stress relief. I have an open door policy and students can talk to me about anything!

  29. I think it’s important to be an adult who listens to them and allows them to make mistakes but still supports them and gives them good advice and support through it all!

  30. lalisa fletcher says:

    I help my teens by being that adult who listens to them and not judge and berate them. I allow them to express themselves freely.

  31. Brittany says:

    I teach in a low social economic climate, and many of my students would benefit from extra resources.

  32. dsmith1314 says:

    I help teens by helping them realize their true potential and showing them I believe in them.

  33. dsmith1314 says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Twitter.

  34. dsmith1314 says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook.

  35. jennifer says:

    I am an MFT intern, working for a non profit on a jr high campus. I am honored each day to work with my students and help them navigate their way through jr. high and their chaotic lives. I love to learn and read, and I could use these amazing resources in my “tool box” and in my classroom library!

  36. jennifer says:

    I follow you on Pinterest

  37. Morgan Cranford says:

    I teach language arts, and one of the biggest way I help support students is by showing them how much I love reading, I work hard all year to help them love reading as well. One of the biggest challenges I have is showing students how great nonfiction can be.

  38. Linda says:

    I teach middle school health, run a social skill group for boys, and a girls group in an inner city school. My students have learned so much from resources I have purchased like the survival guides, Middle School controversial series, the older edition of How Rude, I’ve drooled over these new resources and I know that kids would love them.

  39. Sharon Mertes says:

    I think that one of the most important things I do is to help students identify areas where they feel they need to improve and assist them in finding ways to make those changes in themselves. I think that it is so important for students to self-evaluate and develop their own path to improvement or change.

  40. K Merchant says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  41. K Merchant says:

    I follow you on twitter.

  42. K Merchant says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  43. K Merchant says:

    I help teens by truly listening and doing my best to provide the resources they need to succeed.

  44. Randy de Jong says:

    I help the kids see themselves as capable and loved as we meet challenges together.

  45. My gifted students love discussions about these topics mainly because they realize they are not alone in their feelings and then we generate ideas to overcome their hurdles.

  46. Bradley Evans says:

    By leading the way and leading by example I help students succeed everyday.

  47. Rebecca Jung says:

    I help teens succeed by providing resources and experiences to ease growing pains, scale hurdles, share dreams, and make connections…and just by being a friend.

  48. Shelley says:

    I help teens succeed by listening and supporting them. As the school counselor, I try to help student discover the best of who they are or can be.

  49. Amy Hagins says:

    I use books and reading to help middle school kids in therapy sessions. It shows them they are not alone and other kids have similar problems.

  50. I read biographies and stories about people succeeding against the odds – aloud to teens and young adults with disabilities. I use some Free-Spirit titles. They love being read to and sit still to listen and always want more.

  51. Teresa says:

    I help teens succeed by supporting them and letting them know that I am in their corner or on their side. I think sometimes they feel like all the adults in their life are always against them. I also think that sometimes they can feel like their opinions are not valued. I try to be a good listener also.

  52. LaTia Reed says:

    The way that I help teens succeed is providing the True Belles Mentoring Program, a non profit youth organization for girls. We teach girls conflict resolution, life skills, etiquette and prevention. True Belles has utilized a few of your publications and we were very pleased. To recieve more of your tools would be nothing less than amazing.

  53. Emily Brown Murphrey says:

    I am a psychotherapist with a nonprofit agency, and we do a great deal of school based mental health with children and adolescents as well as working with adolescents in our clinic. Anytime I am able to recommend ( or even better, place in their hands) books that reflect their own lives, struggles, and situations, most of them are not only very grateful, but in many ways healed just by learning that they are not alone in their struggles. I would love to have these resources to share with my clients!

  54. Mona Edwards says:

    Free Spirit embraces the affective domain to meet individual and very personal needs of students privately through books. We want happy, well adjusted students who are ABLE to learn academics and function productively because they have the tools to meet their emotional needs.

  55. Autumn Shaffer says:

    I use free spirit books to help assist with the social skills and counseling sessions I have with preteens and teens

  56. Autumn Shaffer says:

    I follow you on pintrest

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  58. Pam Raytick says:

    As a former ELA teacher and now a librarian, finding the book that speaks to a student is my favorite activity. If I can engage them in one book, the second one is easier. The third selection is usually their own flight plan.

  59. Gayle says:

    As a pastor, I help teens by encouraging them to embrace who God has made them to be – incredible individuals! I serve as a sounding board and support for them. Free Spirit books helped me through my adolescence, and I know they can help teens now.

  60. Sarah D says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest.

  61. Sarah D says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Twitter.

  62. Sarah D says:

    I like Free Spirit on Facebook.

  63. Sarah D says:

    I often use Free Spirit books with teens at school, either individually, in small groups, or in the classroom. Teens respond well to the engaging format and graphics that are common in Free Spirit books. Overall, I find that building relationships with my teenage students is the best way to help them succeed.

  64. I help students share and grow with the help of Annie Fox’s Middle School Confidential series. The series is a fun tool for the lunch discussion groups I facilitate for students in grades 4-9.

  65. Jessica says:

    As a counselor I always strive to help students with their individual needs. I love using Free Spirit books for this as they well written and seem to really reach the older students. These would be a great addition to my library!

  66. Julie Baumgart says:

    As a Jr/Sr High School Counselor, I help students succeed by helping them identify their interests, strengths, and weaknesses, helping them develop an individual plan for success, and providing support, resources, and encouragement as they work toward their personal goals.

  67. Nini Engel says:

    I buy Free Spirit books AND recommend them to parents and teacher, frequently!

  68. Gary Metzenbacher says:

    I help teens succeed by providing a safe space for them AND by trying to instill in them a love of learning.

  69. Madison says:

    As a middle school counselor, I strive to be a role model of enviable character for my impressionable students. I push them to do their best, whatever grade they may earn or place they may rank. I try my best to help teens succeed by gently shaping the character of my students through support, optimism, and encouragement.

  70. Madison says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  71. Madison says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook!

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