Bick Publishing House Reviews

OUT OF ORDER: Young Adult Manual of Mental Illness and Recovery

ALA Notable author Dale Carlson presents Out of Order: Young Adult Manual of Mental Illness and Recovery, a straightforward, accessible, and thorough guide to mental disorders. Though written especially for teens and young adults, Out of Order’s plan, matter-of-fact language (all psychological jargon is presented with definitions, and a glossary for easy reference) demystifies mental problems and treatment options for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Chapters cover mood disorders, anxiety and personality disorders, addictions, sex and gender disorders, learning and intellectual disabilities, and much more. “…we all exhibit ‘abnormal’ patterns of behavior sometimes. The boy who is shy and withdrawn at a party is exhibiting the same form of behavior as the schizophrenic patient curled up against a hospital wall. The girl, all excited, whirling about, talking and laughing without taking a breath is as hyper as someone gripped in mania. The difference is that relatively healthy people bounce back from a mood or stress, do not lose touch entirely with reality, and go on with their lives. It’s a matter of degree and extent.” For its honest treatment of a difficult subject – one that young people need to know about in order to prevent suicides, control harmful behaviors, or seek help when needed – Out of Order is worthy of the highest recommendation, especially for public and school library collections. — Midwest Book Review

“All human beings occasionally suffer from some type of mental issue or negative feeling, such as sadness, anxiety, doubt, or grief. As these thoughts or feelings increase in severity, they may impair the ability to carry out ordinary tasks or develop interpersonal relationships. Research indicates that one in five teens suffers from a developmental, behavioral, or emotional problem. Carlson and Bower’s Out of Order: Young Adult Manual of Mental Illness and Recovery offers practical, nonjudgmental guidance for troubled young people to identify, treat, and prevent mental problems. The authors’ calm, reassuring narrative discusses the types of psychoses, including mood disorders, addictions, and learning disabilities, as well as the entire spectrum of treatment options, from traditional and nontraditional therapies to medications. Throughout, the authors reiterate overarching themes of the universality of mental illnesses and the need and right of teens to identify and seek help for these problems. Personal stories, screening tests, a dictionary of mental disorders, and a list of hotlines and resources add greatly to the volume’s effectiveness. In addition, Nicklaus’s illustrations are both quirky and thought provoking. Beautifully blending careful research and a caring and compassionate tone, this work is a necessary purchase for all collections serving adolescents and should be required reading for anyone working with young people. The volume should serve as a model for self-help books.” —Jamie Hansen, VOYA Magazine

“This sweeping synopsis of mental conditions is presented in four sections, each of which includes the perspective of someone who’s “been there.” Chapters provide descriptions of various symptoms, treatments, and causes along with prescriptions for coping and recovery. “Self-Test Questions,” a “Mental Disorders Dictionary,” and, finally, correlative resources, including websites, hotlines, and addresses for various organizations, are included. The illustrations are slightly reminiscent of the works of Hieronymus Bosch; they are thought-provoking yet might inadvertently seem disconcerting. This accessible book offers a narrative enriched with first-person vignettes personalizing topics relating to mental disorders.” — Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, MEα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc.

“I had just started reading OUT OF ORDER: YOUNG ADULT MANUAL OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND RECOVERY when the most recent school shooting tragedy in Colorado occurred, which ultimately left one innocent student mortally wounded, and another student dead by his own hand. Dale Carlson’s newest title for young adults is desperately needed in all school and public libraries so that teens can begin to understand mental illness and the potential for recovery not only in themselves, but in those around them. Each chapter includes a focused personal account on a topic–addiction, psychoses, suicide, for example–and sections two, three, and four provide self-test questions, a mental disorders dictionary, and hotlines respectively. An excellent bibliography and resource directory round out this critical work. Carlson, an ALA Notable Book Author, can really speak to teens, making this examination of mental health issues highly accessible, approachable, and relatable for its intended audience. Co-author Dr. Michael Bower (Center for Change, New Haven, CT), is past clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale’s School of Medicine and provides valuable advice on counseling options, and Christopher Award illustrator Carol Nicklaus produces images as vivid as the anxieties and concerns that teens experience.” — Dodie Ownes, School Library Editor, Goodreads

Understand Your Self

“I’ve been a fan of Dale Carlson’s books for years, and her latest, Understand Your Sel, leaves no doubt that this author knows how to write for teens about what is going on in their lives and brains. She deftly walks readers through the concepts of self, and self-awareness (which you’ll discover are quite different!) and then proceeds to help teens relate these to their everyday actions at home, school, work, their relationships and communication. As the mother of a teenager, I truly appreciate Carlson’s observations of adult influences on their children’s behaviors, expectations, and ability to relate to the world around them, making this manual not only highly recommended for teens, but also for those that care about them. Carol Nicklaus’ delightfully simple illustrations punctuate the fine points with humor and affection. A bibliography, list of additional reading resources, websites, and index are included. Appropriate for ages 12 and up, Understand Your Self should be on all school and public library shelves.” —Dodie Ownes, MLS Editor, SLJ Teen

“This self-help manual can best be described as a psychological survival guide for the stage of life that can often be the most confusing and challenging: the teenage years. Carlson, a seasoned author of young adult nonfiction, argues that there is no one magic key that unlocks a happy existence and that there is no “self” that one must find, as many other books in this genre claim. She encourages readers to consider the commonalities between all humans and also the special sets of inherited circumstances that are not only unique to each person but inescapable. Relinquishing fear and self-doubt and strengthening relationships are common themes. Carlson incorporates many philosophies, including Christianity, Buddhism, postmodernist thought, and hard science. Illustrations by Nicklaus tease out the most meaningful quotes from the text to bring abstractions into an understandable and visual format. A good starting place for practical and comprehensive tools in the counteracting of common teen problems, such as alienation and insecurity.” — Erin Anderson, Reviewer, ALA Booklist

Cosmic Calendar: The Big Bang To Your Consciousness

“Overview of the origin of the universe…brain, body, genes, sex, consciousness and intelligence…Carlson makes readers comfortable with her probing tone…accurate and informative…good addition science collections, good choice teen readers.” – Dodie Ownes, School Library Journal,

Addiction: The Brain Disease

Addiction: The Brain Disease breaks down the stigma regarding the nature of addiction. The raw truth regarding the physical, social, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction, as well as help and recovery, are presented medically and through personal stories. This book unlocks the door of hope to any suffering from the disease of addiction to substances and/or behaviors. Carlson covers every base from medical neuroscientific information to self-tests to solutions in recovery.” – Jason DeFrancesco, Young Adult Editor, Yale-New Haven Medic

Are You Human or What?

“Humans tend to view themselves as separate from the rest of the species and life on Earth, instead of connected. However, humans have the ability to reprogram their thinking. Humanity will be responsible for its own next psychological evolutionary step by the choices it makes. The book…focuses on the brain as it relates to teen issues such as loneliness, aggression, and sex.” – School Library Journal

“Carlson examines the new science of evolutionary psychology, explaining the psychology of early man as it relates to human action today. The objective is to show how we can evolve further into human creatures who actually take and give joy in our lives…Evolutionary aspects of the fear system, aggression and anger, evil, sex, lust and human bonding are discussed, as well as how aspects of each emotion might be changed to result in more humane behavior…The objective of the book, to make teens recognize the source of their emotions and that they can control and even change them, is admirable.”  – Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

TALK: Teen Art of Communication

“Wonderfully consistent quality reads for young adults.” — Jim Cox, The Midwest Book Review

“Only something in education deeply affecting relationships will begin to address the serious problems with youth. They should be in revolt, and are, but no one is listening who understands why. Keep up your clarion call.” — R.E. Mark Lee, Executive Director, Krishnamurti Foundation of America

“TALK: Teen Art of Communication, is essential for any reader, teen or adult. Close, powerful relationships are based on communication. We talk all the time, but our talk is a battle of opinions, a fight to be right, not true communication. This book covers how to talk to yourself, parents, siblings, best friends, bosses, people you don’t like, the universe…readers learn what constitutes actual communication: to discover; to think together, really listen to ourselves and other people.” — ForeWord Magazine

The Human Apes

“A stimulating and entertaining story.” — Publishers Weekly

“The idea is fascinating.” — Library Journal

“Such issues as freedom versus control, the nature of progress, mind versus body…ultimately the definition of humanity makes this book of interest to rational beings…unexpected poignancy at the end.” — The New York Times Book Review

“Vastness of this solution to the human dilemma.” — Kirkus Reviews

The Mountain of Truth

“Anyone who writes a teenage novel that deals…with a search for Truth must have a great respect for the young…. Mature literary style…should speak hopefully to the secret restlessness in many an adolescent thinker.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Gripping futuristic tale…working for a better world through…psychic powers rather than technology…Suspense is compelling.” —The Booklist

“Drugs and sex, both heterosexual and homosexual, are realistically treated…incorporates Eastern philosophy and parapsychology.” —School Library Journal

“Slickly plotted science fiction.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Teen Brain Book

“Carlson has produced an excellent guide to the teen years…appeals to the reader’s intelligence.” — ForeWord Magazine

“The Teen Brain Book will help teenagers understand why the teens are so tough and terrifying, why their parents and other adult figures seem against them. It also provides a look at the least understood part of the human body, an examination of the functions of the different parts of the brain, the effects the brain has on our lives, and ways to rewire one’s own brain when it causes pain and suffering. The Teen Brain Book also serves as a compilation of the ideas of many of the world’s leading scientists on the brain and human existence.” –Eric Fox, 18, Teen Editorial Director

Who Said What? Philosophy Quotes for Teens

“Evocative, thought-provoking compilation and very highly recommended reading for teens and young adults.” —The Midwest Book Review

“With her introductory remarks and selected quotes, Carlson invites the reader to meditate on a subject and make a personal judgment as to its meaning.” —Voice of Youth Advocates

“A superb reference…could help student to see the world though many sets of eyes. The author encourages the reader to see the diversity of philosophies and to use this to forms one’s own philosophy…a good addition to any junior high or high school library.” –Lorgnette of Texas

“In a time of such world conflict…it is natural to seek to understand the nature of other people…to find common ground in the hope of ending misunderstanding…Who Said What? has located the common threads of Eastern and Western thought, old thought and new, and compiled them into one work….This book encourages those who live only in conformity not to give in.” –Eric Fox, 18, Teen Editorial Director

In and Out of Your Mind, Teen Science: Human Bites

“Heady stuff…Carson delves into the mysteries of Earth and outer and inner space in an approachable way…drawings are informational and humorous…quirky cover of a teen dressed as a caveman, playing guitar and crooning to the cosmos.”–School Library Journal

“Carlson explains the scientific viewpoint on the origins of life, cosmology, genetics, intelligence, bioethics, and the environment in terms that teens…can understand…challenges her readers with questions to make them think…how ordinary people can help change things.” —Voice of Youth Advocates

“Dale Carlson has written over 50 books, and she is deeply committed to opening up young minds. This is quite a book–just the names of the scientists and writers here will help…with a reading program, and the psychological-scientific wisdom of Carlson makes this a sophisticated survey that’s very easy to read.”–The Book Reader

What Are You Doing with Your Life?

“Teens can learn for themselves about their relationship to the…world and the meaning and purpose of life. And by transforming the violence in themselves, they can change the world. The book serves as an excellent introductory book…to Krishnamurti’s teachings.” — Bodhi Tree Book Review

“Presented clearly and evocatively, high school readers who have cut their spiritual and philosophical teeth on the Chicken Soup series will find this book a richer and more complex stew.” — Voice of Youth Advocates Book Review

Stop the Pain: Teen Meditations

“Much good advice is contained in these pages.” — School Library Journal

“Five hundred years ago, Dale Carlson would have been the village elder who, in the quietness and wisdom of her life, would have helped you to see beyond the veil of the known.” — R.E. Mark Lee, Director Krishnamurti Foundation of America

Where’s Your Head: Psychology for Teenagers

“Practical focus on psychological survival skills and covers theories of human behavior, emotional development, mental illness, and treatment.” — Publishers Weekly

“A readable introduction to psychology for junior and senior high school…conversation…humorous.” — School Library Journal

“Thoughtful discussion of different theories of mental and emotional development…common teenage problems and their causes.” — The Science Teacher, National Science Teachers Assoc.

Girls Are Equal Too: The Teenage Girl’s How-To-Survive Book

“Spirited, chatty, polemical…a crash course in gender discrimination from subordination to self-empowerment today.” — Publishers Weekly

“An easy-to-read, clearly documented approach to cultural sexism in our society…in the media, in dating and marriage.” — School Library Journal

“…Writes with intelligence, spunk, and wit.” — The New York Times

“How girls grow up, what is expected (and not expected) of them, how girls got where they are, and what they can do about it.” — Booklist

The Courage to Lead

“Complete ‘how-to’ manual for creating support groups…invaluable supplement to formal treatments…Hannah Carlson ably covers all aspects of forming and leading group. Very highly recommended.” — The Midwest Book Review

Stop the Pain: Adult Meditations

“Carlson demystifies meditation using the mirrors of insight and science to reflect what is elusive and beyond words.” — R.E. Mark Lee, Director, Krishnamurti Publications America

Confessions of a Brain-Impaired Writer

“Confessions is an important read for any person with a learning disability, or for anyone who…seeks to understand. Dale Carlson captures with ferocity the dilemmas experienced by people who have right hemisphere learning disabilities…she exposes the most intimate details of her life….Her gift with words demonstrates how people with social disabilities compensate for struggles with relationships.”

— Dr. Kathleen C. Laundry, Psy.D., M.S.W., Yale School of Medicine

“Worth twice the price of admission. An uplifting, sassy, and entertaining read.” — The Book Reader

Living with Disabilities

“A practical guide for general audiences…to learn about disabilities in terms we can all understand. A significant contribution to people with learning disabilities and their families.” — Kathleen C. Laundry, Psy.D., M.S.W. Yale School of Medicine

“Excellent introductory books about disabilities and special needs.” — Lynn McCrystal, M.Ed., vice-president, The Kennedy Center

“These books are an important service. They are informed, practical guides to feelings, behavior patterns, medical facts, technology, and resources for people who care about people with disabilities.” — Richard Fucci, president, National Spinal Cord Association

“Excellent, very informative.” — Alan R. Ecker, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Opthalmology, Yale University

“It is what the mental health field needs.” – – Deborah H. Ward-O’Brien R.N., M.S.W., Chief of Nursing, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University

Wildlife Care for Birds and Mammals

“Informative and to the point…ethical…wonderful illustrating…I would recommend the series as a good introduction to rehabilitation…well-organized, quick to look through.” — Gail Buhl, wildlife biologist, National Wildlife Rehabilitation Quarterly

“These are responsible, instructional handbooks for wildlife care in the immediate stabilization of rescued wildlife, emergency first aid treatment, appropriate food, habitat design, and basic rehabilitation and release techniques.” — R. Aller, DVM

“…wildlife care with appropriate food, habitat design, and basic rehab techniques in an easy-to-use, quick reference, ‘how-to’ style.” — Wildlife Rehabilitation Today Magazine

“These books are for anyone who loves and cares about wildlife. They provide basic techniques in rescue, diet, and housing, resources, do’s and don’t’s about when to help, when not, and how.” — Cathy Zamecnik, founder and director, Little Feet Rehabilitation