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Be Resilient: How to Build a Strong Teenage Mind for Tough Times

Written by Nicola Morgan

Key Stage 3 Politics, Law, Philosophy & Ethics Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on Be Resilient: How to Build a Strong Teenage Mind for Tough Times

The book every teenager needs to read in 2021 by an award-winning author

This is a book that was inspired by the issues teens were facing as a result of the lockdowns and lack of contact with peers and school. Nicola Morgan, known for her no-nonsense very approachable way with incredibly difficult and important subjects for teenagers set herself the task of writing this very readable guide to growing their own resilience. 


The pandemic was not a situation any one person could control – but this book sets out lots of strategies for dealing with whatever the world throws at you – be it pandemic, personal crisis, or just navigating that difficult time we call teenage! The book is arranged into five specific areas that will work in different combinations for individuals. Not every reader will need every section, but there is definitely something in here for everyone.  Reading this book will give everyone a set of tools – whether to build your personal network, or in coping strategies or other areas with an approach that uses character studies, simple activities, as well as giving lots of space and time for reflection on what has been read. 


Knowing Nicola is an expert on the teenage brain and mental health you know the subject is well researched and based on the latest scientific research. The topic I had not encountered before in any other book was the idea of ‘heartsong’ and knowing what your heartsong is.  Heartsong is defined by Nicola as a feeling of joy, of satisfaction, of fulfilment, of happiness – different from well-being – a positive emotion just for the individual. It’s the ‘I’m glad I did that’ of life. I’m glad I read this – and I know just the right person who will value this, too. 

Meanwhile, every school with teenagers in it should have this book available in multiple copies for their students – so many will get benefit from it. 

Tricia Adams

Be Resilient: How to Build a Strong Teenage Mind for Tough Times Synopsis

The essential teenage guide to building resilience for challenging times, from award-winning well-being expert Nicola Morgan, author of the bestselling Blame My Brain and The Teenage Guide to Stress.

With a book triggered by and written at the start of the first lockdown in 2020, Nicola Morgan is back to explore practical ways to identify and grow personal resilience strategies and practices – enabling teens to get better at coping with whatever the world throws at them, as the lessons learned now can be used throughout their lives - pandemic times or not. From building a support network to building optimism, find positive, practical advice for preparing for, coping with and bouncing back from the toughest of times. Authoritative and backed by the latest science, this is a reassuring companion for teenagers everywhere.

Some events in life will always be out of our control, whether it's a global crisis or a traumatic event at home - but Be Resilient shows that the power to cope is in our hands. Discover how to develop the skill of mental resilience in this fascinating guide from award-winning author and teenage brain expert Nicola Morgan. 

Be Resilient: How to Build a Strong Teenage Mind for Tough Times Press Reviews

This is a much-needed book and I'm so pleased Nicola Morgan has brought her approachable and down to earth style to the subject. Reassuring, insightful and full of practical tips to help our teens build resilience and coping skills to tackle life's ups and downs. An essential read for your teenager. (Us parents could do with dipping in as well for a reminder!) - Francesca Geens, The Happy Self Journal

Featured as 'one to watch' in The Bookseller's July Previews. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406399257
Publication date: 1st July 2021
Author: Nicola Morgan
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Politics & Law, Personal Social Health Economic

About Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan is an international speaker and award-winning author for and about teenagers. She has written nearly 100 books, including novels such as Fleshmarket (currently being adapted for the London stage) and Mondays are Red, but in the last twelve years she has become increasingly well known for her passionate factual work on adolescence, with Blame My Brain - The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed and The Teenage Guide to Stress being seminal titles for teenagers and the adults who work with and care about them. A former teacher and dyslexia specialist, Nicola now writes and speaks around the world on a ...

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