Annie Fox Events...

Words of Appreciation

NEW: Annie is also available for Skype
video classroom visits and seminars!
The quotes below were provided by teens, parents, educators and librarians after participating in an event led by Annie Fox.

Events for Kids: Presentations take place in elementary schools, churches, synagogues, private homes, or online via Skype.

Tween & Teen Events: Presentations take place in middle & high schools, churches, synagogues, youth centers, libraries, bookstores, or online via Skype.

Parent Education Events: Workshops and keynote speeches focus on breakthrough parenting approaches for 21st century tweens & teens.

Professional Development: In-service training — to increase the positive impact of educators and youth services providers.

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Events for Kids:

(via Skype video)
“Today was awesome, thanks! The kids were mesmerized and are so into the social issue topic right now that the timing couldn’t have been better. Honestly you could of heard a pin drop. Your rapport with the kids is so natural and your answers to their questions were spot-on. My co-teaching partner was super impressed.”

—Jayne Clare, Special Education Teacher and Co-Founder of Teachers With Apps

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“The time taken and the content of the sessions were very worth while. Annie’s presentation generated some excellent follow up discussions with our students.

“Should a Head of School ask me for good people to come speak to kids…Annie would be high on the list.”

—William H. Miller, Headmaster
The Seven Hills School
Walnut Creek, CA

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“Annie, thank you for a successful workshop. Based on feedback from the girls and parents, they have gained valuable tools via this workshop. You provided an enlightening message and at the same time successfully held and captivated the girls’ attention. We have already heard that some of the girls have put your tools to work for themselves. Thank you for your work!”

—Judy Giacometti Schrammel, Co-Leader Troop 32729, San Francisco, CA

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“Annie Fox’s fun, interactive teaching style makes her workshops for girls of all ages accessible and educational. Whether speaking to a roomful of high school teenagers or middle school girls, Annie’s communication style reflects her real connection to youth and passion for providing them with tools to create change in their own lives. Annie’s workshops touched off a chain reaction throughout our council of parents saying, ‘We need that!’ and her trainings deliver the goods. I recommend Annie Fox’s communication and friendship workshops for girls of all ages.”

—Terri Hague, Senior Program Director, Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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“Annie’s workshop was extremely well received by my 3rd grade Brownie Troop. The girls heard not only that they deserve to be treated with respect, but that they need to be a friend who respects others, as well. I think you can see a difference in the girls post workshop. It seems like they like themselves more—I don’t know how else to describe it. You provided some very powerful tools + insight to the girls. The parents also appreciate it! I have heard from a lot of parents saying, ‘I sure had a big talk with my daughter that night—it gave us some great things to talk about!’

“Since Annie’s examples were of relevant situations the girls could relate to, the learning was all the more meaningful. As a troop leader, it was great to have all the girls equipped with the skills to have healthy friendships. As a parent, it was exciting for me to see my daughter empowered with such a positive message about her own self worth. Thanks, again!”

—Mary Gagliardi, Girl Scout Troop Leader, Oakland, CA

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“Annie’s Real Friends vs. the Other Kind workshop was amazing! The information was so pertinent to our 5th grade girls who are transitioning to middle school. She was able to capture the minds of thirty-three girls, and keep their attention the whole time. I’m certain that each participant came away from the afternoon with tools to help solve any problems in their friendships and a better understanding of what makes them a good friend. I know the moms who attended learned just as much and were so appreciative of the Annie’s presentation.

“We loved it Annie! I got nothing but great feedback. Thanks again.”

—Erica Bachman, Girl Scout Troop Leader, Piedmont, CA

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“The girls got an awful lot from what you presented. Last meeting [they] reiterated so many
of your points it was like they were presenting your material in full. They were very impressed with one exercise on how to determine if your friend is really a true friend. In each case, scouts saw friends for who they really were. Also, the... exercise on defining true qualities of a friend was very effective on the scouts. They remembered the new terms they learned... and were able to teach others.

“Thank you again,”

—Tamara Duffey, Girl Scout leader, Oakland, CA

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Tween & Teen Events:

“Annie Fox is amazingly versatile in ways to talk about friendships to students, teachers and parents. Annie visited our school in Manhattan and was able to reach all three audiences and even continued the dialogue on her blog. We found her concept of ‘peer approval addiction’ very helpful in understanding the stress some students feel about being popular. With great visuals she explains how our brains react to stress and she walks us through ways to slow down and be in the moment before we act. Annie communicates well and seems to thrive on her audience’s questions.”

—Anne Santa, School Psychologist
Bank Street School for Children
New York City, NY

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“Students and teachers alike were very impressed with what Annie had to say to our students about real friendships vs. the ‘other kind’. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders especially were really ‘locked on’ to her presentation. The gym was especially quiet, not because the students were bored, but because Annie’s message really resonated with them and they were absorbed.”

—Kathleen Burroughs
St. Martin of Tours School, Development
San Jose, CA

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“Recently my community has been struggling to find a balance in their family life and the teens that I come in contact were in desperate need of some coping skills. The first person I thought of was Annie. Annie had visited our library years before and since then she has developed her website, published more books and I felt it was time we had her back. She and I arranged to have not one but TWO programs on the same day.

“The afternoon session was geared towards middle school students and friendship ‘Real Friends Vs. the Other Kind’ and I purchased some of the books to be raffled off as door prizes. One lucky boy received a phone call from his mom while he waited in line to have his book signed (he selected ‘Too Stressed to Think?’) He exclaimed, ‘Yeah I had a good time. And I won a book!’ That was music to both Annie’s and my ears. And a true testament to how she engaged the kids and got them thinking. I believe she empowered them to understand their peers and what motivates them so they can make better decisions.

“The evening session for the parents (21st Century Kids Need 21st Century Parents) was well attended. Parents looking for some insight and understanding to their children’s struggles during this time of their lives found comfort in the fact that they were NOT alone. I know books were purchased for the kids but it was obvious the parents were now armed with some great tools and Annie’s website as a resource.

“I look forward to having Annie back to talk to high school students and perhaps another parenting workshop. I would recommend any school, library or other organization that works with youth or parents to book Annie and see for themselves. She’s the real deal.”

—Teresa Parham
Teen Services Librarian
Pleasanton Public Library
Pleasanton CA

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“Thank you for the workshop you had last week at Pleasanton’s library. Both of my girls enjoyed your program and said it was awesome.”

—Parent
Pleasanton CA

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“Our students thoroughly enjoyed Annie’s presentation on ‘Real Friends vs. the Other Kind.’ The Middle School students are now openly talking about ‘peer approval addiction’ and where to ‘draw the line.’ As a teacher, I was impressed with the presentation on the different parts of the brain and their functions, as well as the section on stress. Her final thought for the students was a powerful reminder: ‘You can not change others, but you can change yourself.’ I hope Annie will come back to our school once again and share her wisdom about the challenges of friendship and helping children to develop confidence in themselves.”

—Scott Espinosa-Brown
Assistant Headmaster and Head of Middle School
The Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek, CA

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“Hi Annie — thank you for two really great presentations! Both kids and parents have given me positive feedback.”

—Richard Hof, Head
Beacon Day School, Oakland, CA

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“Thank YOU, Annie! Your talk was engaging and so relevant for this [high school juniors] age group. I will definitely recommend you to other NCL [National Charity League] groups and beyond!”

—Jennifer Lipson, NCL - San Rafael Mission Belles, San Rafael, CA

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“Hi Annie, We thought you were great! What a good message and BREATHE ... I have really taken that to heart. I understand you were also terrific at the other NCL (National Charity League) class. It was a pleasure meeting you.”

—High School Parent, San Rafael, CA

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“Annie, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I rated you and your presentation a 10 out of 10. Super!!! Already spreading the word.”

—Monda Oewel, Parent, Professional Educator, Tiburon, CA

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“...your presentation was both informative and entertaining! It is wonderful that there is someone out there who can make us stop and think and be alert to what is going on with our kids. Thanks!”

—Janine Graham Barnes, Parent, Tiburon, CA

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“Annie, thanks SO much for presenting at our ‘healthy relationships’ themed 8th grade retreat Friday. The kids were engaged, your presentation & group activities were a perfect fit for our students! Thanks again.”

—Allyson Byrd, Counselor, Del Mar Middle School, Tiburon, CA

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“Annie, our 9th graders were rapt during your presentation! One of the key elements you brought out was that stress isn’t just about school work--our friendships, family, and love life can all be sources of stress. ‘Your next best move’ and the other techniques you mentioned are concrete ways that our teens can manage their stress and develop responsible solutions of their own.”

—Rabbi Lisa Levenberg, Educator, Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos, CA

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“Thanks again for coming to DHS! Our teachers and students are still talking about it! In fact our Video Bulletin TV Productions class is also working on a bulletin discussing the stress seminar w/you, interviewing students as well as a few teachers who attended. And they are going to read a few excerpts from your books too! Again thank you for the wonderful opportunity you have given our students! What you do is amazing and affects so many! You are awesome! :-)”

—Julia Jones, Counselor, Dublin High School, Dublin, CA

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“Thanks so much for working with our group on Sunday. My favorite response from a kid after the event was an email to me admitting. ‘Well I guess she did know a thing or two about parents and youth!’ I agree. You touched many lives that night. Thanks so much for all you do.

“I look forward to working with you again.”

—Kellor Smith, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Oakland, CA

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“I just wanted to say Thank You for doing a workshop for my Girls Behind Bars in the Solano County Juvenile Hall. The group was inspired by you and got a good insight from your relationship workshop. Not only were they inspired to work on their relationships and friendships, you had inspired them to continue to work on their goals to write! They were truly impressed by you and enjoyed your workshop tremendously!”

—Shalon Maral, Community Specialist Coordinator, Girl Scout Council of Napa Solano, CA

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“Annie Fox is a gift to teenagers and last week she was a gift to our teenagers. A rare combination of sensitivity, perspicacity, humor and wisdom, Annie was able in a very short time to do that thing that we all wish we could do better: connect. Each student, from the bold to the shy, left her workshop feeling understood, and more able to understand. Thank you Annie!”

—Sarah Flowers, Head, Archway School, Berkeley, CA

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“Annie, your presentation was to the point, kid-centered, safe, and very well done. We’re lucky you found us. Thanks for being you.”

—Judith Drotar, Middle Division Head, Prospect Sierra School, El Cerrito, CA

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“Friday night as we prepared for Shabbat the kids were talking about ‘Stop. Breathe’. They heard you!!! Thank you again for your sharing your wisdom and insight with the students.”

—Rabbi Mimi Weisel, Rabbi-in-Residence, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, San Francisco, CA

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“Annie, thanks for coming and speaking to our freshman. In an achievement-oriented environment like a college prep school, managing stress is incredibly important. Thank you for sharing relevant information about stress and especially for the techniques to help kids deal with the stress they are already experiencing. It was a valuable lesson that could go a long way in helping them with productivity and more importantly with happiness.”

—Eric Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Student Counseling, Branson School, Ross, CA

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“Annie spoke to our school about relationships and stress, two closely related topics for teens. She did a great job of helping students to see how their bodies react under stress and helping them to see the terrible spiral we can all get into when stressors dominate our lives. I believe students left her talk better informed and better equipped to deal with some of the day to day things in their own lives that can impact their ability to function at their best.”

—Saul B Drevitch, Head of School, Arrowsmith Academy, Berkeley, CA

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“Scottsdale Public Library was lucky enough to host Annie as part of our ‘Get Real’ programming for Teen Read Week. Her programs offered middle school students valuable tools for dealing with stress and relationships presented in a conversational style resulting in an interactive program that was fun and educational. The teens felt an instant comfort level with her and were able to talk openly about their experiences. As an adult working with teens, listening to her speak reminded me of how important it is for teens to have someone to talk to that is REALLY listening. Thank you Annie!”

—Anna Mathews, Librarian Scottsdale Public Library Scottsdale, AZ

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“Thank you... Annie! I felt the information you gave was very helpful and useful for the kids. Thanks for coming to Branson and sharing very important ‘pearls’.”

—Lisa C. Beritzhoff, MFT, Director of Counseling, The Branson School, Ross, CA

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“I would like to thank you for speaking to our 11th graders on the topic of relationships. Your knowledge and expertise were greatly appreciated by the students. You shared a lot of valuable information with them on aspects of a healthy relationship, how to deal with a broken heart, recognizing what we do/don’t have control over, plus so much more. I look forward to working with you again.

“Many thanks,”

—Tracy Lum, MA, MFT, School Health Counselor, Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, CA

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“Annie’s conversation with our middle school students was both educational and enlightening. Through her wisdom, sensitivity, and sense of humor, she let them know that they needn’t feel alone in their journey through adolescence; they just need to be willing to reach out to their friends, their family, their teachers, or even to her. While Annie never promises that all their problems will be solved, she does guarantee that their voices will be heard. At this critical age, that might just be the most important thing.”

—Curtis Maine, Teacher, Sea Crest School, Half Moon Bay, CA

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“Annie Fox gave a lively presentation at our library and I was most impressed with how she connected with the teens in the group. She has a unique ability to draw kids out and encourage them to participate, which they did.”

—Shereen Ash, YA Librarian, Fairfax Public Library, Fairfax, CA

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“Your presentation was a treat for the students, and I know they learned a lot. Thank you for all of your work preparing for the assembly and for all of the energy and enthusiasm you put into your presentation. Tackling a huge topic like stress and mental health challenges that face teens in such a short window of time is quite a challenge, but you were certainly up to the task and I think your program was quite successful and worthwhile!”

—Jane-Rachel Schonbrun, Director of Student Life, Kehillah Jewish High School, Palo Alto, CA

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“Thank you for coming to the Library. The workshop had a good mix of scientific background, practical tips and one-on-one advice. One of the teens who attended told me that he’s already used the techniques for controlling stress that you taught at the workshop.

“I’ll pass your info on to colleagues at the next Bay Area Young Adult Librarians meeting.

“Thanks again.”

—Kate Brown, YA Librarian, Benicia Public Library, Benicia, CA

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“Annie certainly has a lot of helpful information to share with teens, and her quiet, ‘non-preachy’ approach to communicating that information is appreciated by her youthful listeners.”

—Marian Partridge, YA librarian Pittsburg Library, Pittsburg, CA

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“Thank you so much for coming to present to the 8th grade at The Hamlin School. Teenagers are a formidable group for any speaker and you make it look like a piece of cake! I was amazed at how the girls were so honest and open—even with their Head of School right behind them! So many aspects of your presentation were extremely helpful to the girls from merely venting to listening to their own stress to problem solving solutions. Great timing by the way—they are right in the throws of a very stressful period with impending high school applications. It is so interesting to hear the variety of responses, too. What a great window into adolescence—thank you!”

—Marie Crouch, Book Faire Co-ordinator, The Hamlin School, San Francisco, CA

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“Annie Fox you are amazing. Your presence and calm is so refreshing to experience in a school setting where students tend to be labeled, judged and stuffed into the school system box. You brought with you a sense of enlightenment and showed us we are all bright smiling stars and for that you are deeply appreciated.”

—Vivian Hyun Garlick, Counselor, Tierra Linda Middle School, San Carlos, CA

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“Hey Annie! You were at my school today. I wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed the speech you gave us, and I think you’re awesome. I came to you with my friends, we were 4, and I asked you a question, (so did my friend). And you helped me and I really appreciate that. So thanx!”

—6th grade student, Central Middle School, San Carlos, CA

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“Annie skillfully helps teens learn how to identify stress, its causes, and its effect on their state of being. Annie’s approach is refreshingly candid and down to earth. Her helpful advice and techniques for managing stress can be used immediately by young and old alike.”

—Elsie Tep, Teen Program Coordinator, Lafayette Branch of the Contra Costa County Library, Lafayette, CA

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“Last Thursday, November 4, 2004, author Annie Fox presented a very well received program for teens and their parents. 21 teens and parents filled the Teen Homework Center to hear Annie talk about teens and their relationships. Annie is very skilled at helping teens keep a kind and wise perspective on stress and confusion of the adolescent years. Thanks again.”

—Diane Casey , YA Librarian, Redwood City Library, Redwood City, CA

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“Annie Fox connected with our teens in a big way. Her approach is laid back and her advice straightforward and no-nonsense, which is refreshing. Some of our teens were so impressed that they asked her for her email address so that they could ask her for advice regularly. On behalf of the teens at Teen Central: Thanks Annie!”

—Karl J. Kendall, Librarian II, Teen Central, Phoenix, AZ

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“Annie Fox has a special gift of being able to listen and communicate with teens. She encourages them to find the right path without lecturing them. She has a way of making the teens feel comfortable about sharing their thoughts, emotions, experiences, and ideas. Her workshops are not lectures; they are very interactive presentations. Thank you for coming to speak to the teens at our library.”

—Lisa Loomis, YA Librarian, Contra Cost County Library, Antioch, CA

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“Annie’s programs are a HUGE hit with teachers, students, and teens. Annie has a way of making teens feel comfortable. Her presentations have truly impacted the participants. We can’t keep her books on our shelves!”

—Debbie Chavez, Librarian, Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, AZ

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“Annie, you are like a saint. Your audience was mostly teens on probation. With your engaging presentation style, you broke through their tough barriers. Thus, you were able to have a meaningful conversation with them. I truly believe this is a miracle. Thank you for coming to my library.”

—Lawrence Johnson, Jr., YA Librarian, Solano County Library, Vallejo, CA

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“Outstanding! Provocative! Inspirational!”

—Sereptha Strong, Information Services Librarian, East Palo Alto Library, East Palo Alto, CA

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“For anyone considering hosting a teen event, Annie Fox, the self described ‘Dear Abby’ of cyberspace, is a wonderful presenter. She recognizes that teens are the best resource to answer questions about other teens and she involves them in the process. Kids, who may be shy and reserved, are suddenly talking with her and their peers about real life experiences and gaining confidence along the way. Highly recommended.”

—Alison Anson, Librarian, San Carlos Library, San Carlos, CA

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“Annie, thank you so much for touching the minds and hearts of our middle school students yesterday with a clear understanding of their development, with respectful, knowledgeable and gracious candor. Every grade, both boys and girls, responded positively to my questions about the day, and the students’ emails expressed that great relief that they were understood—heard! The workshops were terrific!”

—Barbara Ore, Head of Middle School, Sacramento Country Day School, Sacramento, CA

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“After listening to Annie Fox interact with my seventh grade students, I can completely understand why her web site and her book are so popular. Besides the kids learning how to communicate and relate to their peers, their family, and their own problems, I learned some better ways to talk to my own teenage son. Her book will be a real guide for me in the future.”

—Shirley Berow, Desert Harbor School, Peoria, AZ

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Thank you for coming to Pinole to talk to the teens . My impression of the program was that it could have lasted another hour easily. You have a very good rapport with teens allowing them to open up quickly, providing information about some of their on-going relationship concerns.

—Laura Eistadter, YA Librarian, Pinole Public Library, Pinole, CA

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“I think your program was an unqualified success. I was really impressed by the way you were able to draw each participant into the conversation and get them to open up so much.”

—Ashley Barrows, YA Librarian Fairfield Library, Fairfield, CA

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“…the kids who were there seemed thoroughly engaged.”

—Charlotte Gerstein, YA Librarian, Benicia Public Library, Benicia, CA

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“All of the participants were present and actively engaged. I am sure they all left with new ideas (as well as homework) to try in the future. we (the adults) did marvel at number of boys in attendance. This is a good thing since they are not generally socialized to openly communicate. I am looking forward to the next time you are in Berkeley. Thanks again.”

—Viola Dyas, Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Library, Berkeley, CA

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“This is an author who really can relate to teens! She engaged every member of her young audience with non-judgmental, honest advice.”

—Ann Dutton, Middle School Library Media Specialist, Phoenix, AZ

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Parent Education Events:

“We sought out Annie to help our parent community manage our kids’ emergence into social media and prevent cyberbullying. She made us realize that cyberbullying wasn’t just exclusive to the technology but it was about instilling core values in our children. She provided a common sense approach for parents, equipping us with a practical toolbox on guiding growing kids through inevitable stresses in their friendships and lives. Her passion in the subject thoroughly engaged us parents. Annie is warm hearted, generous with her time, and a pleasure to work with. Thank you for a great evening!!”

—Lucy Leong Chen, Chabot Elementary School PTA,
Oakland, CA

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“I enjoyed the seminar on 21st century parenting led by Annie Fox. Her presentation was excellent and the materials that were offered were very useful. I would attend her talks in the future and would recommend it to other parents.”

—Cheryl Simone Messner, Parent
Marin County, CA

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“Recently my community has been struggling to find a balance in their family life and the teens that I come in contact were in desperate need of some coping skills. The first person I thought of was Annie. Annie had visited our library years before and since then she has developed her website, published more books and I felt it was time we had her back. She and I arranged to have not one but TWO programs on the same day.

“The afternoon session was geared towards middle school students and friendship ‘Real Friends Vs. the Other Kind’ and I purchased some of the books to be raffled off as door prizes. One lucky boy received a phone call from his mom while he waited in line to have his book signed (he selected ‘Too Stressed to Think?’) He exclaimed, ‘Yeah I had a good time. And I won a book!’ That was music to both Annie’s and my ears. And a true testament to how she engaged the kids and got them thinking. I believe she empowered them to understand their peers and what motivates them so they can make better decisions.

“The evening session for the parents (21st Century Kids Need 21st Century Parents) was well attended. Parents looking for some insight and understanding to their children’s struggles during this time of their lives found comfort in the fact that they were NOT alone. I know books were purchased for the kids but it was obvious the parents were now armed with some great tools and Annie’s website as a resource.

“I look forward to having Annie back to talk to high school students and perhaps another parenting workshop. I would recommend any school, library or other organization that works with youth or parents to book Annie and see for themselves. She’s the real deal.”

—Teresa Parham
Teen Services Librarian
Pleasanton Public Library
Pleasanton CA

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“I found Annie to be very engaging with the students and parents. She shared some wonderful strategies to help ease the stress in our daily lives and offered advice on how to encourage the growth of independence in our children.”

—Parent, St. Martin of Tours School
San Jose, CA

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“Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation last evening. It’s always great to get new ways to approach parenting and, also, to be reminded of what we know but forget to do. I found myself breathing last night as I came home to teenagers. My daughter got a kick out of having a personal inscription from an author in a book to her, and I know she will enjoy the book.”

—Deirdre Demorest, PTSA
Wilcox High School
Santa Clara, CA

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“Thank you again for driving down and giving that great presentation. I know that all the attendees enjoyed the talk and many, if not all, were able to walk away with new tools.”

—Anna Strauss, PTSA
Santa Clara High School
Santa Clara, CA

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“Thanks so much for coming out here yesterday. The response I have received about both [the girls and parents] workshops has been really positive. The parents, in particular, found it really useful and said that you gave them much to think about and try to incorporate with their daughters. They really appreciated your honest and practical approach.”

—Amy Price, Alameda, CA

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“Great presentation! ... you are a dynamic speaker with heart and experience and that we really enjoyed the presesntation tonight. With respect and admiration for what you are doing and the connection you have with all our lives...”

—Sharon Zurcher, parent
National Charity League
San Rafael, CA

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“Annie – It was wonderful to have you be a part of our Middle School Summit last night. Thank you so much for fitting us into your schedule and sharing all the awesome services you offer to teens, tweens, parents and educators – I have no doubt that there will be many more people seeking your help in the months to come. I find that middle school parents and teachers often feel like they are so alone in this journey – the support that was there for them during the elementary years seems to disappear and they just don’t know where to turn for advice – to say nothing of the kids themselves. You are simply an amazing resource for all of us – thank you – thank you – thank you!!!”

—Linda Silvius, School Partnerships Director
Project Cornerstone
San Jose, CA

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“Annie, it was a great evening! I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. The information you presented and your facilitation of the ensuing discussion was informative and thought provoking and offered practical strategies. You did an excellent job of engaging the students and the adults in a non-intimidating manner.

“We are having a district meeting tomorrow and I will be sharing my positive feedback and happy to give you any additional feedback from those who attended.

“Thanks again for working with us!”

—Claire Russo
Las Lomas High School/Parent Ed Committee
Walnut Creek, CA

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“Hi, Annie, just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much we appreciated your talk at Temple Beth Torah. Several parents of teens (including dads!) came up to me after and told me that they gained a better appreciation in understanding their teens. Personnally I keep thinking about your story about the parent who said that she still packs a lunch for her post high school child...that she is robbing the child of the pleasure to be independent and self sufficient! I especially think about it in the morning as I am preparing to leave for work and my 11 year old asks me to make his lunch. I can say ‘no’ to him without feeling guilty as I know I am helping him prepare to be an adult.

“Thanks Again, I hope to see you again in the near future.”

—Annette Schaps
Co-president Women of Temple Beth Torah
Fremont, CA

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“Hi, Annie. Thank you again for your presentations yesterday. I know the kids and the parents appreciated them very much. You do wonderful work, and we really appreciate the insights and offer of help along the way, for the kids and for the adults.”

—Gretchen Bartzen
Director of Development and Parent Relations
The Seven Hills School
Walnut Creek, CA

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“Thank you for your entertaining, practical and insightful talk to Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School parents on Friday! The crowd was delighted and engrossed. Many parents came up to me after the talk and later in the afternoon to tell me how much they enjoyed your talk and that they will use what they learned right away with their kids. Even the parents of younger kids were glad they came to get a glimpse of what is in store as their kids reach the pre-teen and teen years.”

—Lois Lazar
Co-Chair Gideon Hausner Parent Kesher
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Palo Alto, CA

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“I heard you speak this morning at Gideon Hausner. I found your talk interesting, helpful, and thought-provoking. As both a marriage and family therapist and a parent, I appreciated the material you presented and the manner in which you presented. I’ve just purchased one of your books for my daughter, and I will read it with her to enhance our current ongoing discussions.”

—A parent at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
Palo Alto, CA

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“Your presentation at our Parent Educator Program Refresher Day was insightful, interesting and fun. All the attendees enjoyed the presentation and felt you were a fabulous speaker. The information provided was very pertinent to everyone, both as a parent and as a youth educator! We would love to collaborate with you again as we feel there is so much more to learn from you.”

Quotes from attendees:

“Great, dynamic speaker!”

“WOW! Great information and a great presentation. I learned so much.”

“Great for me personally, as well as for my kids.”

“Very engaging speaker-excellent material!”

—Jo Newbigging & Kristin Pascoe, PEP Coordinators
Center for Human Development, Pleasant Hill, CA

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“Thank you so much for your presentation today. The topics you covered are so important for kids and adults alike – you struck a lot of chords! I look forward to reading your books.”

—Laurie Dubin,
Hall Middle School PTA, Larkspur, CA

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“I want to thank you so much for your presentation at Beacon. I took notes on things pertinent to me; I have two boys, and am starting to realize some of the elements you mentioned in my older son. When I can carve out some time to do so, I plan to review your website again and will most likely email you with some questions!!! Thanks again and I hope to hear you again ‘live’ in the future, whether at Beacon or another venue!”

—Mary Ellen Proctor, Parent,
Beacon Day School, Oakland, CA

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“Hi Annie — thank you for two really great presentations! Both kids and parents have given me positive feedback.”

—Richard Hof, Head
Beacon Day School, Oakland, CA

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“We were so honored to have you speak at our event. Everyone I spoke to afterwards was very impressed with the content and with how relevant the suggestions were. For me, the deep breathing was a sure fire reminder of something I should be doing all the time!!! Thank you again and it meant so much to us to have you come...”

—Sara Jane Somers and Wynne Dubovoy, Parent Association
Crystal Springs Upland School, Hillsborough, CA

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“Last night’s discussion is a great help for making parents realize, whether what they are doing with their kids is right or wrong. It helps us from being mechanical with our daily routine, where there is no time to think from a different point of view.

“From now on, I think I have a right person in you, to look upon for proper help that benefits in raising my two daughters. Thanks!”

—Shailaja Sreekantham, Faria A+ Elementary School parent, Cupertino, CA

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“I just wanted you to know that people raved about your workshop (at the Parent Education Mini-Conference) in particular. I was very impressed as well.

“You are engaging and so very centered and right on target. I wish I had been taking notes. I’ll just have to visit your web site. I do need to print out your hand out. That was great. I loved the practical, step by step advice.

“Thanks for doing what you do.”

—Joyce Feeney, Parent Ed. Conference Chair, Mill Valley Middle School PTSA, Mill Valley, CA

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“You gave a great talk at our parent dinner on Friday – I received many positive comments from people afterwards. Thank you so much for sharing your advice with the group. As you could tell from the questions, we all have a desire to have more insight into the minds of our teens.”

—Bob Egan, Piedmont Community Church, Piedmont, CA

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“I continue to share your messages with other parents and encourage them to check out your website and also sign up for your parent newsletter. You inspired many of us at NOVA. Keep up your good work!”

—Shaughn Jarvis, Parent Volunteer, NOVA School, Olympia, WA

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“On behalf of the San Rafael Mission Belles, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to you for taking the time to come and speak to our group. It was truly a pleasure to hear you talk about ‘our’ teenagers. It is very reassuring to know that there are people on the internet that are looking out for our kids in such an insightful and caring manner.”

—Sloane Drake, Correspondence Secretary, San Rafael Mission Belles, San Rafael, CA

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“Hall Middle School PTA was thrilled with the discussion that Annie Fox led regarding teenage stress. Stress related issues affect all of us, so parents were able to take away important tools to help themselves recognize stress related behavior, as well as help their teens recognize behavior that is brought on by stress. Annie was very knowledgeable on the the topic, as well as very entertaining in her delivery.”

—Jeannie Perry, Parent Ed. Chair, Hall Middle School PTA, Larkspur, CA

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“What a privilege it was to have Annie Fox come to our school and speak to our parents! She has such a warm, genuine presence that put us all at ease. Her clarity when speaking about teen issues and responding to parents’ concerns was empowering. She has a brilliant way of breaking down issues into manageable components (or tips), reminding us all that positive change is well within reach.”

—Melissa Castello, Lower School Head, Archway School, Berkeley, CA

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“What a treat it was to have Annie Fox speak at our parent education night at Archway School! Annie has a rare combination of wisdom, insight, and listening skills that make a great presenter. Our parents felt that they had become acquainted with a new friend and a valuable resource.”

—Pamela Landes Brenman, English Teacher, Archway School, Berkeley, CA

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“I took lots of notes and liked how [Annie] explained the brain and how it works in a teenager’s life. The stress response is a good lesson to learn.”

—High school parent who attended the Tenth Annual Parent University, San Rafael, CA

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“This was a very well thought out presentation which provided me with some concrete steps to follow. Annie did an excellent job of listening to the parents’ questions and comments and offering good advice.”

—Middle school parent who attended the Tenth Annual Parent University, San Rafael, CA

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“Annie, thanks so much for sharing your wisdom and insight with our middle school parent group. Your talk wonderfully balanced expert opinions and research with funny and interesting anecdotal stories. Our parents were very engaged and left feeling empowered and enlightened in dealing with our middle schoolers. Thanks again for coming down!”

—Tina Bird, PTO Vice President Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park, CA

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“We found Annie’s information to be very valuable for both students and parents to hear. Her use of imagery and clear, concrete suggestions are very useful in helping kids better understand and manage their own stress.”

—Heidi Brunette and Lisa Richter, Counselors, San Domenico School, San Anselmo, CA

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“We so much enjoyed your presentation last night – you were wonderful!! I will work with [our school counselor] to see if you can come and talk to the kids. I know they could get a tremendous amount from you.”

—Miriam Butrimovitz, Parent Association President, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, San Francisco, CA

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“Thank you for your wonderful talk last night at White Hill. Although my daughter is only 9 years old, I learned much about the future and a bit about her now. You gave us all more understanding and hope. Thank you again.”

—Laura Colteaux, Healthy Choices Committee, Ross Valley School District, Marin County, CA

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“As a single father of a twelve-year old, the excellent presentation you gave on Teens and Stress at Miller Creek Middle School last month gave me (and her mother [who also attended]) refreshing and thought-provoking insight into the forces that are shaping our daughter’s coming years, even as we see those forces foreshadowing our relationships today.

“Equally appreciated are the useful tips and tools you provided all of the parents to further our own individual coping and role-modeling skills.

“I can’t thank you enough. Please keep up this vital work; and recognize that you already have a following! Bravo!”

—Gregory Atwood, Parent, Miller Creek Middle School, San Rafael, CA

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“I was very fortunate to attend one of Annie Fox’s ‘parent/teen’ workshops. I gained important insight on anticipating the changing nature of my relationship with my kids, and how to communicate with them more effectively through the changes. Annie’s encouragement and practical advice on what is important and what is not in relating to kids is invaluable. I continue to try to attend Annie’s seminars and I highly recommend doing so to every parent I know.”

—Greg Sudmeier, Parent, San Carlos, CA

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“Annie, thanks for coming last night to address the PTA. Your talk was very helpful. Your list of steps to counteract stress... was very sensible, and I’d like to share it with my family and a friend who couldn’t make it to the meeting.”

—Julie Merk, Parent, Menlo Park, CA

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“The response to your talk was quite favorable. Parents appreciated your tips on relationships and insights into the lives of teens today. Your use of humor was excellent! The interest in your books seemed strong. I think parents appreciated hearing your thoughts on how teens process their environment and how we can best support them. On behalf of the Saint Mark’s Parents’ Association, I would like to thank you for your time and presentation. I enjoyed meeting you and hope to see you again soon.”

—Alison Mauze, President, St. Mark’s School Parents’ Association, San Rafael, CA

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“Annie, I attended your talk at St. Marks School the other night but I am a parent of children who go to another school. Thanks for a wonderful evening and I hope that I can help facilitate something for our district!”

—Carole Nelson, Parent, Marin County, CA

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“Thanks for coming [to Miller creek Middle School] last night Annie. The parents were very interested in your program and it was well received. Thanks also for taking so many questions from the parents. For every question asked, there are several parents who seek the answer. I’m sure the whole of Marinwood will remember to BREATHE!”

—Valerie Green, President, Miller Creek Middle School Home and School Club, San Rafael, CA

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“Thanks, Annie. You did a nice job connecting with and respecting the [parent] audience! Well done.”

—Greg Johnson, Principal, Miller Creek Middle School, San Rafael, CA

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“I enjoyed having you at Central yesterday. Last evening was amazing! The parent education piece was so well received due to your wonderful rapport with the adults. It was obvious everyone learned a lot from your presentation and eagerly participated, as well.”

—Jerrie Welch, Principal, Central Middle School, San Carlos, CA

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Professional Development:

“Afternoon sessions were filled by various In-Depth workshops. Workshops such as ‘Teaching Kids to Be Good People’ led by respected educator, Annie Fox, gave participants in this dynamic, provocative workshop an opportunity to explore how to help students internalize positive character traits. In addition to exploring methods in character education, Fox also clearly laid out a clear and compelling message to parents. In her words, ‘If you don’t teach your kids how to behave, who will?’”

Jesse Marble
Character Education Partnership
19th Annual National Forum on Character Education

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“Thanks for the presentation I think it was fantastic. What you do is wonderful and exactly what so many young people need.

“This was a class that so many (educators) needed! It was great to hear (you) present... I once taught middle schoolers however I feel that I am a bit behind in who they are, this freshened me up on them once again. I feel that this will help in my Middle School programs. Thank you again for the presentation.”

—Colleen Potton
South Metro Fire Rescue
Centennial, CO

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“Annie, I wanted to thank you for your presentation last week. The feedback was all very positive and I think it was terrific to bring your energy and point of view to the day. I hope the congregations will use you as a resource, and that we’ll find other ways to collaborate. Todah Rabah, thank you and be well.”

—Dana Sheanin, Director of Youth and Informal Education
Union for Reform Judaism, Pacific Central West Council
San Francisco, CA

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“Annie presented to the community members, volunteers and facilitators  of our organization, DrawBridge. She immediately drew us in with her  warmth, charisma and intellect while discussing the social and  physiological issues challenging our youth today.  We all walked away  more clear-headed, and with an effective and simple set of tools we can mmediately use to reduce the maladaptive effects of stress on our  clients as well as on ourselves. I appreciated how she adapted her  presentation to meet the needs of our community. In short:  Two Thumbs  up, and a big, stress-releasing exhale!”

—Jacqueline Tabb, Director of Programs, DrawBridge, San Rafael, CA

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“Thank you, Annie, for sharing so much of yourself, for engaging this incredible faculty in deep, deep ways, for modeling what you teach and for taking a leap of faith with us!”

—Naomi Less, Vice President of Programs Foundation for Jewish Camping, New York, NY

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“Annie, I wanted to thank you for your presentation last week. The feedback was all very positive and I think it was terrific to bring your energy and point of view to the day. I hope the congregations will use you as a resource, and that we’ll find other ways to collaborate. Todah Rabah, thank you and be well.”

—Dana Sheanin, Director of Youth and Informal Education
Union for Reform Judaism, Pacific Central West Council
San Francisco, CA

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“Annie Fox provided our school with a framework for our advisory program. By developing young people with the ability to make conscious decisions, we are empowering them to create healthy relationships with their peers, their teachers, and with their parents. And, by learning more about their emotional intelligence, they will come to accept themselves for who they are, and will be able to decide for themselves what has meaning and purpose, thereby fostering a transitional stage of human development, from adolescent child to young adult.”

—Barry Hasson, Middle School Head, Sea Crest School, Half Moon Bay, CA

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“Thank you for presenting at our quarterly Teen Staff ‘in-service’. Your level of detail, insight, and confidence were all very useful. As our teen staff is developing teen audiences for programs, your name will certainly be on the list of possibilities.”

—Anthony Bernier, Director, Teen Services
Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA

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“Annie Fox did an amazing job at fulfilling on an agenda while comfortably engaging the Teen Mentors in a conversation style workshop. She described an ‘invisible curriculum’ that children may come into a homework assistance program with, such as ours. She painted a vivid picture of how stress works to shut down the body and mind, and contribute to why a student may experience trouble thinking and concentrating. She then engaged the Mentors in basic breathing exercises they may use to assist a student in relaxation and restore focus on homework.”

—Medea Maraia, PASS! Mentor Coordinator
Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA

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“One of the highlights of the 2003 AZLA conference for me was getting to know the delightful YA author Annie Fox. Annie’s AZLA program, ‘Can You Relate? Teen Talk from the Trenches’ was lively and insightful for those of us involved in service to teens. My favorite anecdote that Annie shared with us was her own experience with the power of mentoring when she was a young page at her local library. Annie showed the librarian a children’s book that she herself had written as a lark. The librarian showed the book to a publisher friend from New York and the next thing Annie knew she was a published children’s book author. Just a first of many successes.”

—Julie Tronson, YA Librarian, Nanini Branch
Tucson Pima Public Library, Tucson, Arizona

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“Annie’s comfortable presentation style was wonderful, and staff was very impressed with her willingness and ability to answer questions and give advice.”

—Susan Caldwell, Administrative Services Officer
Contra Costa County Library, CA

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“Many at your presentation spoke highly of your remarks supporting young adult literature and if they hadn’t already read your books, they were inspired to do so and to recommend them to other readers. I am deeply grateful that you could share your expertise with us...”

—Frances Benham, PhD
2002 Missouri Library Association President

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What's New?
''The Girls Q&A Book on Friendship: 50 Ways to Fix a Friendship Without the DRAMA'' by Annie Fox, M.Ed., illustrated by Erica De Chavez ''Teaching Kids to Be Good People'' by Annie Fox, M.Ed. “People Are Like Lollipops” by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Brian Narelle
“People Are Like Lollipops” iBook by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Brian Narelle available on the iBookstore
Download ''Are We Lost?'' on Kindle
“People Are Like Lollipops” by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Brian Narelle, Print Edition available on CreateSpace
Books and Apps for Kids
''Are We Lost?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes
Download ''Are We Lost?'' on Kindle
''Are We Lost?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes, Print Edition available on CreateSpace
''Are You My Friend?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes
''Are You My Friend?'' iBook by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes available on the iBookstore
''Are You My Friend?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes, Print Edition available on CreateSpace
Books & Apps for Teens
''Middle School Confidential 3: What's Up With My Family?'' iOS app ''Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind'' iOS app ''Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are'' iOS app ''The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & Relating: Real-World Advice on Guys, Girls, Growing Up, and Getting Along'' by Annie Fox M.Ed.
''Middle School Confidential, Book 3: What's Up with My Family?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Matt Kindt
''Middle School Confidential, Book 2: Real Friends vs. The Other Kind'' by Annie Fox M.Ed., Illustrated by Matt Kindt
''Middle School Confidential, Book 1: Be Confident in Who You Are'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Matt Kindt
''Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You CRAZY'' by Annie Fox, M.Ed. and Ruth Kirschner