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Dana Libonati

Dana Libonati

McMinnville, Oregon

Dana Libonati has been a high school and college teacher for the past 30 years. He is a mentor and often surrogate parent to his students.

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Dana Libonati has been a high school and college teacher for the past 30 years. He is often a mentor, counselor and often surrogate parent to his students. He has won numerous education awards, and was nominated for Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2019. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in music composition and theory from the University of Portland, and is also a published composer and arranger.
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Success! A Teenager's Guide to Living: Navigating the Challenges of Adolescence has already sold 110 pre-orders , was pitched to 13 publishers , and will be published by Isabella Media Inc .
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The Duet Option entitles you to two signed copies of the book and your choice of a digital copy of my piano cd "Musings" or my children's cd "Pasghetti and Other Delights".

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The Gold Option entitles you to ten signed copies of the book and a digital copy of both my piano cd "Musings" and my children's cd "Pasghetti and Other Delights". It also includes a signed copy of my original piano book "It's a Jazzy Christmas".

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A Teenager's Guide to Living: Navigating the Challenges of Adolescence

Navigating the Challenges of Adolescence

The book is a resource for teenagers, parents and teachers. It covers the topics that public high schools are neglecting. Teens, parents and educators will appreciate the content.

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Synopsis

Public high schools do a poor job of preparing teenagers for the realities of life. I know, I teach in one. It is not the fault of the high schools. They are forced to focus on state test scores, graduation rates and an outdated curriculum. Research tells us that employers don't care about state test scores. They want people who are reliable, work hard, get along well with others and are trainable. Students bound for college are ill-prepared for the stresses and challenges of life away from their families.

"A Teenager's Guide to Living: Navigating the Challenges of Adolescence" is designed to teach kids about the subjects that high school doesn't typically cover. Topics for chapters evolved out of interviews with teenagers. They include love, compassion, integrity, character, finding your passion, conflict resolution, money, grief, tolerance and acceptance, technology, stepping outside your comfort zone, taking responsibility for your life and much more. The book is written in a conversational tone with many anecdotes and lots of humor. Each chapter contains reflection questions.

I've worked as a high school and college teacher for the past 30 years. I've spent a great deal of time mentoring and counseling teenagers. Often I've been a surrogate parent for students. I was fortunate to teach a philosophy class at our school based on this book. Students could ask questions about anything, and we discussed them in a safe, loving environment. At the end of the class I asked the 28 students to review the class, and everyone said the course needs to be a requirement for high school students.

Sales arguments

  • High schools don't prepare kids for the real world and these kids are anxious to learn about reality.
  • Research indicates that teen depression, anxiety and suicide are at an all-time high.
  • Teenagers are struggling with establishing meaningful relationships.
  • The dynamics of contemporary family life have changed and teens spend less time with their parents.
  • Amy Fast, author of "It's the Mission, Not the Mandates: Defining the Purpose of Public Education" endorsed the book.

Similar titles

  • "The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People", written by Stephen Covey, teaches adults the habits necessary to create a successful life. My book does this for teenagers.
  • "The Book of Joy", written by the Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu, 2016 deal with how to live a life of contentment and joy. These topics are covered in my book in a very concise manner.
  • "Do what You Love, the Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood, written by Marsha Sinetar, 1989, deals with finding your passion and identifying a healthy, fulfilling career path. My book has a chapter on finding, your passion and one on doing your best.

Audience

This book is for teenagers, their parents and high school teachers.

Advance praise

“I’ve had the honor of working with Dana the past four years, and this book perfectly encapsulates his passion for not only helping the students acquire the content but also for helping them live ethical and fulfilling lives. Dana has a way of cutting through the noise to shine light on the heart of any given issue. Teens will find this an easy and profound read – two qualities that are sure to keep them turning the pages.” Dr. Amy Fast, author of "It’s the Mission, Not the Mandates: Defining the Purpose of Public Education"

"A teenager's Guide to Living: Navigating the Challenges of Adolescence is the culmination of 35 years of teaching, mentoring and in some cases being a surrogate parent. Dana's caring, honest, direct nature in the classroom translates beautifully to the written page. Thought-providing, funny and helpful, reading this book is like sitting down with an old friend. Dana's down-to-earth advice and simple, open-hearted approach to living is more than just a book for teens, it's a book for everyone."

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  • Update #8 - Just an Idea Dec. 12, 2019

    Maybe you know a teen or a parent of a teen who would enjoy this book as a Christmas present!


  • Update #7 - Student Picture Dec. 8, 2019

    Last night, at a party to celebrate my 5 years being cancer-free, four of my students grabbed copies of the book and started reading and ...


  • Update #6 - The book is traveling Dec. 7, 2019

    I've received book orders from people in France, the Netherlands, Arizona, Florida, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Connecticut, California, New York, Hawaii and more.


  • Update #5 - Update Dec. 3, 2019

    I've started sending out copies of the book, so you should receive them shortly.  Those of you in McMinnville, I will contact you ...


  • Update #4 - Here is the chapter on tolerance and acceptance. Nov. 23, 2019

    TOLERANCE & ACCEPTANCE

    "I HAVE A DREAM THAT MY LITTLE CHILDREN WILL ONE DAY LIVE IN A NATION WHERE THEY WILL NOT BE JUDGED BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN, BUT BY THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER.”                - MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. 

    Think about this. None of us are born intolerant. None of ...


  • Update #3 - What's Happening Nov. 20, 2019

    Here is what has happened since my book campaign began on publishizer.com three weeks ago:

    1.  88 copies of the book have been pre-purchased.

    2.  5 publishers ...


  • Update #2 - A Sample Chapter Nov. 13, 2019

    I wanted to share one of my chapters.  I start each chapter with a quote and end each chapter with reflection questions.

    Finding Your ...


  • Update #1 - Comments about the book from former students. Nov. 7, 2019

    "Hi Friends - My music professor from my college days at Linfield wrote this book!  I think it will be a gift to the world ...


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  • Jessica Spiegel
    on Nov. 5, 2019, 6:53 p.m.

    I can't wait to get my hands on this, Dana—it's pretty ideal timing, with a 13YO stepkid. :) (She's getting the hard copy, I'll keep the ebook!)

    • Dana Libonati
      on Dec. 3, 2019, 4:57 p.m.

      I'm sending out the hard copy today or tomorrow.