It’s always a pleasure to have Nicole O’Dell, author of the Scenarios Series for Girls at Peeking Between the Pages. I have great respect for all she does for teen girls. Her Scenarios books, most recently Magna and Making Waves are great, interactive books that get teen girls involved and thinking about the decisions they might make in the same situation. I also love that they are faith based because I think that’s important for young people as well – something to believe in and guide them on the right path. Nicole was nice enough to guest post for us and as she says…‘share my heart with you about my books’…
Darlene graciously asked me to do a post about why I think my Scenarios for Girls books are important for girls (10-15) to read. So, I’m thrilled to have to opportunity to share my heart with you about my books.
When I was a young girl, my mom was my hero. I really believed that she could do anything and that she knew everything. Somehow, when I entered my early teen years, that all changed. I became angry and really gave her a hard time. I regret much of those years now that I can see the truth of them. My mom is now my very best friend. I wish I had known then what I know now and had some kind of grasp on just how temporary all of that angst and confusion really was.
Ever since I had my six kids—four of them girls–I’ve feared those years. My parenting has really been shaped by my desire to avoid as much of that destruction as possible. From that focus grew a heart’s desire to reach hormonal, confused, pre-teen and early teen girls, and to protect them from themselves, and their families from the confusion that can ensue as the girls face those life changes.
How do Scenarios for Girls book do that?
Well, of course, they don’t. They are just one tool in a hopefully very large arsenal that parents, educators, youth workers and teens can use to help prepare good decisions in advance. You see, it’s my belief that if teens wait until they’re staring peer pressure in the face before they make up their minds about what they’ll do in any given situation, they’ll most likely follow their friends. It’s far easier for them to do the right thing if they’ve pre-determined it.
Scenarios books follow the main character through a series of escalating situations until she eventually arrives at a life-altering moral dilemma. At that point in the story, the reader gets to make the choice for her and follow that decision to one of two alternate endings. This forces the reader to take ownership for her decision and lets her experience the consequences and outcomes of her choice. At the end of each book, there’s a contract and a prayer designed to help her commit to her choice.
The goal is that these tools, along with others like my announcement below, will help forge a path toward good choices.
Teen Talk Radio: It’s all about Choices!
Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts with us Nicole! I’ve started Magna and am already drawn into the story! I can’t wait for the next set of books coming out Nicole! Best of luck in the future in your writing and family life. Visit Nicole O’Dell’s website here to learn more about her work and Teen Talk Radio!
I have 1 set of the Scenarios books: Magna and Making Waves by Nicole O’Dell up for grabs courtesy of Nicole. Best of all the giveaway is open to anyone! To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment with a way to contact you.
- For 2 entries share with me something from your teen years where you felt pressured and had to make a decision between right and wrong. Did you make the right one?
I’ll share one with you. I was about 14 I think it would have been and at the mall with a friend who I had hung out with a lot. We lived near each other and our parents were friends. She had gone into a dressing room to try on a bathing suit and came out without it. I questioned her and she told me she was wearing it; that it was easy and I should do it as well. I’m proud to say that I told her there was absolutely no way I would do that and neither should she. I turned around and left her standing there in the store. Needless to say our friendship suffered from that point as her stealing never quit.