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School Library Journal Review
Gr 5-8-Beyoncé, J.K. Rowling, and Albert Einstein are examples of introverts who harnessed their "quiet power" to become iconic successes. Cain here offers an entertaining, illuminating adaptation of her adult best seller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking to help younger readers to discover their own "superpowers," especially during the pivotal, challenging adolescent years. With plenty of supporting data-"introversion is also one of the most researched personality traits"-Cain explains how introverts and extroverts have different nervous systems and reactions to stimulation and that introverts are not antisocial, just "differently social." Using ordinary kids' experiences, which will resonate more effectively than those of the impossibly famous, Cain offers achievable, adaptive behaviors as antidotes to stress, including how to understand your needs, find "your own circle," communicate clearly, and move beyond your comfort zone. Kathe Mazur's crisp, encouraging narration will keep kids listening. VERDICT Since somewhere between a third and a half of the human population is introverted, Cain's potential audience is enormous, making this an ideal acquisition for all libraries with teen patrons. ["Many will find value in this title that emphasizes that being an introvert is not a blemish on one's personality but a benefit": SLJ 5/16 starred review of the Dial book.]-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The author of the adult best-seller Quiet (2012) brings her introvert revolution to tweens and teens in this thought-provoking guide. Cain begins by defining introverts and extroverts, before questioning the Extrovert Ideal, in which society idolizes talkers and spotlight seekers. The text is divided into four typical settings in which introverts must interact with others: school, socializing, hobbies, and home. Chapters within these sections feature brief profiles of conventionally introverted kids and celebrities and explain how introverts normally react in these settings and problems that can arise. The emphasis, however, is on self-acceptance and the recognition of introverts' secret strengths, such as listening, reflection, and focus. Playful spot illustrations and comic panels will help Cain's advice connect with young readers, and each chapter ends with practical tips to empower introverts. The most notable chapter is on quiet leadership and how introverts make great, and possibly even better, leaders. Concluding guides for parents and educators help adults understand the introverts they are raising. For kids who want to roar on the inside.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2016 Booklist
Horn Book Review
A distillation of the concepts in Cain's adult book Quiet, here focused on situations likely to affect kids and teens with anecdotes from young introverts. Quiet Power discusses the challenges of introversion as well as the titular strengths, providing the same validation as the original without being patronizing. Occasional cartoons lighten the overall tone. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
The author of the bestselling Quiet (2012) collaborates with Mone and Moroz to bring her message of empowerment for quiet types to teen readers. Cain opens by placing introverts on "what's called a spectrum" (an infelicitous term, considering its more common usage in psychology) with extroverts on the opposite end and vaguely defined "ambiverts" in the middle. She goes on to draw from her own experiences as well as those of psychologists and a dozen or so first-name-only teens to affirm that there's nothing abnormal about preferring to work alone rather than in groups, thinking before speaking, being "differently social," and needing a place to unwind in solitude. Along with assuring less outgoing readers that they have plenty of company, from Einstein to Beyonc, she discusses distinctive "superpowers" that introverts can employspecifically at school and in managing peer relationshipseither for their own comfort or as coping mechanisms for public speaking and like stress producers. In her view "introverted" is not the same as "shy," but these techniques will be equally useful to both sorts of readers. For those with short attention spans she closes each chapter with summary lists of points and behavioral tools (for those with even shorter ones, Web cartoonist Snider converts many to visual form), and she goes on in a pair of afterwords to provide guidelines for parents and make a case against forced participation in classroom discussions. Standard-issue self-help: worthy enough but wordy and heavily earnest, addressed to a broad audience but unlikely to attract one. (notes, index) (Nonfiction. 13-17) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.