Saturday, June 28, 2014

Release of 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween', by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Scheduled For July 1, 2014

Sky Pony Press will release Dr. Holstein's very popular book for tweens, "The Truth I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything". The re-release is scheduled for July 1

 An expanded and updated edition of "The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything" will be released by Sky Pony Press on July 1, 2014.  The book has been retitled to "The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween".

Dr Holstein's novel is a fictional diary, written by an 11 year old girl, for girls, tweens and teens. The novel centers on the development of self-esteem and resiliency.

"Of course there are other diary books out for girls and tweens and even boys," Dr. Holstein stated. "But the difference between mine and say a series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, is that 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween', has been written by a positive psychologist (that’s me!) and every page is designed to encourage positive thinking, resiliency, positive self-regard, hopefulness, optimism, a recognition and valuing of one’s talents, strengths and potential, and much more. Every page can be used as a separate guidance lesson if one wished to. At the same time, the book is a page turner in its own right and kids enjoy the quick, easy read as they would any other really good fiction."

A Facebook page, thetruthforgirls, highlights many of the topics woven into "The Truth".  Articles, videos, remarks, conversations, visuals, on this page center around many of the issues that tweens face growing up.  These include: self-esteem issues, quarreling in families, divorce, moving to a new home, a new school, best friends, a crush, bullies, a death in the family, money issues, not feeling pretty, feeling sad, feeling lonely, jealousy and more. Dr. Holstein's book for teens and tweens is a first in using fiction for positive psychology.

Holstein's book covers issues that impact  today's teens and tweens. A secret entry written by the girl in The Truth in her  diary, demonstrates how a Selfie picture helps her feel better about  herself. 

"I hate Andrea.  She laughed as a walked by and said something about I looked like a toad.  It didn't make any sense what she said, except my sweater was green and maybe toads are green.  But after she said it I felt miserable anyway.  All day long I felt more and more ugly, hearing her chuckle and words in my head over and over.  When I got home I lay down on my bed and couldn't move.  I felt like everything good about me was sucked out of me.  Finally, I had to get up for supper.  Everyone asked what was wrong.  I didn't tell anyone.  It felt too bad to even share.  Later, after eating almost nothing but some peas (I love peas) I got an idea.  I went into the bathroom with my phone and locked the door.  I started to take Selfie pictures of myself.  At first it was hard to smile, but after awhile I felt a little better and I not only smiled, I was began to pose like I used to when I loved to look at myself in the mirror.  That was when I was a little kid, like 9.  Anyway, after I took about 20 pictures I mailed some of them to Angela and she wrote back right away saying how cute I looked!  Then she sent me some of herself and we began to text.  Soon I was okay again. I had found a way to get back at Andrea."

Her second book in The Truth Series is “Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine…Maybe!”  Now the girl is 13. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with girlfriends.  'Secrets' provides a book kids and parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for needed communication between the generations.

Both “The Truth” and “Secrets” are great for grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens in their lives. Both books will be re-released by Sky Pony Press.

Dr. Holstein believes that getting in touch with one's strengths, talents and potential at every age, as well as learning how to hold on to the wise, playful, happy, gutsy and energetic girl that still resides within each woman is essential for mental health.

To assist this process she has written many books, including: case study material as presented in ‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’; inspirational stories as presented in ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU’ and romance, mystery books designed to bring fun, excitement, romance and positive psychological truths into women's lives.  Latest books are:  Parts 1 and 2 of ‘Next Year in Jerusalem’, available in paper and as e-books; Parts 1,2 and 3 of ‘Next Year in Jerusalem’ are now available, incorporated into ‘Around Every Corner’ on Kindle.

In addition to running a thriving practice, Dr. Holstein is a very successful author. She is available for media interview and can be reached using the information below or by email at All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for increasing happiness.  Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for over 25 years. She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara speaks regularly on radio programs around the country, and appears on television in New York and New Jersey. Her inspiring audio shows and podcasts can be found on the web, along with hundreds of her articles and stories. She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, and Family Circle Magazine.

Her pathfinder book ‘The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy’ was published in 1997 by Harwood Academic Publishers and is now in its second printing through Brunner-Routledge. Her second book ‘Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU!’ has received rave reviews as a wonderful inspirational story book. ‘DELIGHT’, Dr. Holstein’s third book is available in two versions, paperback and a CD-rom that includes music, art, and Dr. Holstein’s voice.

Other works include ‘The Truth, (I’m a girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything)’, 'Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I’ll Tell You Mine…Maybe!’, and 'Around Every Corner: Romance And Mystery . . . '


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
Twitter: @truth4girls