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Nicola Morgan
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5 Nov 2007
Contrary to popular (parental) opinion, teenagers are not the lazy, unpleasant - frankly, spotty - louts they occasionally appear to be. During the teenage years the brain is undergoing its most radical and fundamental change since the age of two. Nicola Morgan's carefully researched, accessible and humorous examination of the ups and downs of the teenage brain has chapters dealing with powerful emotions, the need for more sleep, the urge to take risks, the difference between genders, the reasons behind addiction or depression, and what lies ahead.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406311162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406311167
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "I only wish that this book had been around when dealing with my own teenager's antisocial behaviour." TES * "It is very rare that an author succeeds in writing a book for teenagers which is also a 'must read' for their parents and teachers." The Scotsman"

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A comprehensive guide to the biological mysteries that lie behind teenage behaviour. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 19 April 2007
This is an excellent book. The author explains a highly complex subject so clearly - and so many of the observations struck me as making complete sense. I tried out the visual exercises on my teenagers and we all agreed we understood each other better as a result. Overall: just fascinating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My brain is soo cool!!! 18 Sep 2006
By R G D
i actually won this book while meeting the author, Nicola Morgan. it is perfect for teenagers, parents and teachers as it explains behavourial issues, development and the overall mind of teens. morgan also contributes her theories along with scientifc evidence. a definate must read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So that's why I used to do that! 28 July 2013
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'Blame my brain' has confirmed to me that I was not demented after all or angst-ridden just for the hell of it back when I was a hormonal teenager. It is also a great relief to me to know now that the earth was not resting its weary weight on my shoulders but there was in-fact a logical explanation for the way I was feeling. The insights into the young brain supplied by Nicola Morgan on her roller-coaster ride of the teenage mind and why they do the things they do, almost convince you that it was OK to pour juice over your brother because he was pressing all the wrong buttons or to write on your sisters jewellery box because you couldn't quite understand why she annoyed you so much. Well, almost.

From strops to tantrums to Neanderthal behaviour in boys and princess-like diva nonsense in girls - this should be read by every teenager, sibling and parent in the world. It offers a more feasible answer instead of 'that's just the way he/she is'.

My new 'how to cope' guide will not be in use for a few years yet but I will hold it close when the time comes. Thank you for writing this Ms Morgan - you are truly an inspiration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs B 7 Nov 2008
Brilliant book. As a professional working in Behaviour management in school and supporting students and their parents every day this has been wonderful. I have quoted parts and talked alot about various parts that have been useful just in the last 2 weeks! I am making it one of my top 10 essentail reads for parents and children entering adolescents. I have reassured parents and children alike that they are 'normal' and they will change and to accept themselves at present. A must read and to have on your shelf ready.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 6 April 2010
I would recommend this book to any parent who has a teenager. Our daughter is about to start her Standard Grades and the house has been fraught with tension. This book really opened my eyes and reminded me that I wasn't always an adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 9 Mar 2010
This is well written and is easy to understand. I would recommend it for parents as it will give you an insight in to your teenagers thoughts and behaviours. I found it to be very useful as it covered a wide range of issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening! 6 Jan 2010
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An excellent book for teenagers and the unfortunate parents that have to try and understand them. Presented in an easy and informative format, I would recommend it to anyone 14+ as essential reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Good relatively short book on the topic. Helped my daughter understand the changes going on in her head so (hopefully) she can manage herself better, but also helped the levels of understanding in her parents too and brought back a few teeenage memories !
Only 'fault' not really a fault to be honest is on a few areas I would have really enjoyed more detail and a bit more on the theory but that's my own preferences coming through there, rather than a problem with the book.
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Published 14 days ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
Informative and enlightening. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in a day.
Published 1 month ago by Avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I would recommend this book to all parents of teens and pre-teens. Really easy to read,lots of research-based evidence and examples. Read more
Published 3 months ago by cathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended reading for parents of teenagers
A few years ago, I borrowed this book from a friend and it really helped improve my relationship with my teenage son. A fascinating subject dealt with so well by Nicola Morgan. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs G A Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars For every parent and teenager
Easy to read, makes you look at your teenager in a different light. Helps your teenager see why they are behaving the way they are and easy to start the conversation as to how to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rachel flattery
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Worth while to read esp if your kids have problems my son has aspergers which I have taken a while to get my head round
Published 4 months ago by Paul Brewster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
This book was brought to my attention by an Educational Psychologist and proved a worthwhile read for both myself and my 16 year old daughter. Read more
Published 5 months ago by GEH
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanity saver
It explains why the world goes mad when puberty kicks in. Understanding what is going on helps and this book explains in simple language!
Published 6 months ago by Earnsh
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
good value,A1 seller, would recommend to every one with teenage children, great book ,so much information,lots of things explained, fantastic
Published 6 months ago by melissa evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I work with teens and recently did a course called Solihull training for Adolescents. This book was recommended by the course leaders & I now understand more about teens so keep my... Read more
Published 6 months ago by maureen sumner
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