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Gr 9 Up-Greene encourages readers to think about what they are interested in and choose an opportunity to learn about it outside the classroom. Chapters explore a variety of traditional and nontraditional environments for volunteering, mentoring, alternative classes (dual enrollment, distance learning, etc.), job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, camps, and study abroad. Scattered throughout are tidbits of information in "F.Y.I." boxes, personal narratives highlighting teens' experiences, and lists of books and organizations. The clear layout is peppered with humorous spot art. This book will be a valuable resource for librarians and counselors, and students will come away from it with lots of ideas about how they can enrich their futures.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Gr. 8^-12. This useful and enticing guide to "alternative learning" is sure to provoke ideas and open an exciting world of possibilities for almost any teen. Greene did many of the things she writes about: volunteering, internships, summer programs, and study and work abroad. She discusses these and other possibilities (mentoring, job shadowing, apprenticeships) in a light but thorough fashion, opening each section with questions that engage the reader. FYI sidebars offer interesting related tidbits, and the "Find Out More" sections in each chapter list books, organizations, and Web sites. The conversational, upbeat but realistic tone of the text is a huge plus, as are firsthand accounts of experiences from teens. A highly readable source of welcome and well-organized information. --Debbie Carton