Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain with Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers 

Summary:  Susan Cain wrote the best-selling book Quiet,  and delivered an extremely popular TED talk, both on the subject of people who are introverted.  Now she has written a book to help introverted kids and teens survive and thrive in a world that often favors extroverts.  Divided into four parts—school, socializing, hobbies, and home—Quiet assures introverts that being quiet and needing time alone are good things, and that they can bring unique qualities to the classroom, their friends, and organizations they are a part of.  Cain acknowledges the importance of making friends, getting along with family, and staying engaged in classroom discussions, but she also recognizes the value of the solitary time introverts need to recharge and how their quiet listening can add an important dimension to discussions.  Introverts have succeeded in many arenas, including unexpected ones such as the stage, screen, and at the helm of many corporations and nonprofits.  An afterword offers tips to teachers and parents on how to make sure the introverted kids in their classrooms and homes reach their full potential.  288 pages; grades 5 and up.

Pros:  As an introvert who was often told to participate more in class, let me say, “Thank you, Susan Cain!”  I wish I had had this book when I was in middle school and high school, busily comparing myself unfavorably to my more extroverted peers.  Put this book in the hands of those quiet kids who may tend to slip under the radar to let them know they have much to contribute to the world.

Cons:  As the mother of two introverted children, I can attest to the fact that many teachers are still nagging introverts to participate more in class.

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