I cannot walk into a book store without buying more books than I intended. I went in to get The Explosive Child to take to the school and ask whomever is going to be the case manager next year and (hopefully) the priincipal to read this summer. Then, I saw the book that Star always recommends, so I got it, too. Mind you, I have 3 books upstairs on BiPolar (BP) that I have yet to read cover to cover, not to mention the other books I have never read- but will someday, LOL! I have read The Explosive Child and New Hope for Teen and Adolescent BiPolar (BP) cover to cover- they were both well worth it. I do use the other 3 BiPolar (BP) books like reference books- reading a chapter at a time as the need arises. So, maybe it isn't all that bad. But, then, since difficult child had asked for a book for him about BiPolar (BP)- one written for young teens who actually have BiPolar (BP)- and I had run across the name of one online but couldn't remember it, I went looking for that. I couldn't find any. But, while I was in that section I see a book titled "The Burn Journals". Some here might not be aware, but difficult child was first put in the psychiatric hospital 2 years ago after the final straw with me was seeing him push a tire swing back and forth into his chest, and the tire swing had flaming dried leaves in the bottom of it. He swears that he was not trying to catch himself on fire, but come on- I figured it was not rational either way and was a sign of something seriously wrong. Then last year, prozac induced or not, 3 days after sd "rejected" him by putting him a long term suspension for the rest of the school year, difficult child starts a brush fire by dropping lit matches around his feet while standing in a wooded area full of dried leaves. (he's done other illegal things, too- mainly violating other people's property.) So, I look at that book and see that it is about a 14 yo boy who deliberately set himself on fire, then survived, barely and after many surgeries, and has "recovered" mentally and wrote this book. It was in the teen section but I'm thinking I will read it first, then if it still seems appropriate, I will give it to difficult child when he comes home. (He would NEVER read it while in juvy.) I just thought I'd give everyone a heads up- I might be posting about this book while in tears and nerve-racked within the next week or so. I hope I can make it through the entire book. By any slim chance, has anyone here read it?