Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dr. Joyce Teal Releases New Book, Young Sister It's Not Okay, A Guide To Appropriate Adolescent Behavior

Dr. Joyce Teal’s 'Young Sister, It's Not Okay' provides tips to encourage appropriate behavior in girls age 11 through 18

Getting off to a good start early is the key to success in life. However, many of today’s young girls have been born to teen and preteen mothers who were themselves young girls when they gave birth. Because this is so, by the time these girls reach age 11, they have perhaps not had the benefit of a mature outlook and expectations during their developmental process. Dr. Joyce Teal has just released 'Young Sister, It's Not Okay'. The book was written to provide a framework for dialogue and teaching. It is appropriate for youth groups and church groups and others.

"I decided to write this book at this time," stated Dr. Teal, "because there are lots of girls between the ages of 11 and 18, the age group for whom the book is targeted, who do not have the advantage of being reared by mature parents who are knowledgeable regarding the book's content. Many of these girls were born to teen, and some even to pre-teen mothers who are little more than children themselves. It is my desire and hope that many of these girls and their parents will find the book helpful."

“Young Sister, It’s Not Okay” discusses the following which are also the thirteen chapter titles:

* Inappropriate Dress
* Co-habitation Prior to Marriage
* Having Sex While Courting
* Unmarried and Having a Baby
* Dating a Married Man
* Disrespecting/Dishonoring Yourself and Others
* Female-to-Female Sexual Relationships
* Dating Mature, Experienced Men
* Drug and Alcohol Use
* Yielding to Negative Peer Pressure
* Rude, Disrespectful Speech
* Love is not Enough
* Body Art; Body Piercing

"It is my sincere hope," stated Dr. Teal, "that this book will inspire dialogue between parents and daughters. Additionally, it will validate parents' teachings regarding behaviors that their daughters should avoid."

Dr. Teal is available for interview and can be reached using the contact information below. All of her books are available at her website, “Young Sister, It’s Not Okay” can also be ordered from Jokae’s Books in Dallas and from major bookstores across the country.


Dr. Joyce Teal
Phone: 214-349-7361


Joyce Willard Teal is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University. She is an award-winning retired teacher. She has taught school in Dallas for six years, but her career path has taken her through New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia where she taught community college and reading/language arts to boys and girls in the public schools.

Mrs. Teal began writing professionally in 1993 and has had several award-winning poems published. Her first book, It’s O.K. To Be Different, was written for boys and girls between the ages of nine and fifteen, but has universal appeal and is being read by children as well as adults. It is now in its fourth printing.

The Point System, a book targeted for children in the middle grades and their parents, was released by Ozark Press in November, 1998. It was illustrated by children in the author’s reading classes at Florence Middle School in Dallas, TX.

Sister, Its Not Okay was Dr. Teal’s first adult, non-fiction title. Like her other two books, it was inspired by her interactions with children and their parents as she has traveled and taught throughout this country.

The Yield, another adult, nonfiction, was released in December, 1999. It is about black couples, their failed or failing relationships, and the impact this has on the children who result from these relationships.

MotorVation, a book of original poems and other writings released in November 2002, was written in response to hundreds of requests for the poems the author has shared as she has spoken to audiences throughout the country.

Don’t Sweat It Kid is Volume 1 of a the trilogy. The three volumes contain 100 topics relevant to the lives of adolescents. Volume 1 contains topics 1-33; Volume 2 contains topics 34-65; Volume 3 contains topics 66-100. The trilogy was written for young people between the ages of eleven and eighteen, (middle grade through high school). It focuses on topics relevant to their lives and discusses positive ways to help them cope with situations they face day to day.

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