Faking Happiness, Feeling Sadness

This chapter book gives hope and guidance to preteens and teens struggling to understand their emotions

Author: Jennifer Licate
Illustrator: Suzanne Beaky
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Will Anika ever feel happy again? She has her doubts.    

Sadness is a feeling Anika cannot shake. She feels as if her life has no purpose or passion. Her unhappiness has been with her for so long, she’s forgotten what joy feels like. Still, she tries to put on a happy face. She fakes being happy for the sake of her friends and family. But they’re starting to see cracks in her cheerful façade, and Anika doesn’t have the energy to keep on pretending.     

With support and encouragement from her two best friends, Anika agrees to talk with a school counselor. She hopes for a quick fix, a speedy remedy, a permanent cure. But she soon learns that the path to feeling better is a process that may require patience, practice, and effort.    

Faking Happiness, Feeling Sadness is a dramatic, empowering chapter book that gives young readers, especially girls, the hope and guidance they need to work through uncomfortable feelings and find emotional relief.

Educators and group leaders can supplement the story with a Teacher and Counselor Activity Guide. The guide provides self-reflection questions and group activities to thoughtfully engage readers with the content, which includes strategies for coping with sadness, such as meditation, exercise, healthy eating, vision boards, journaling, and joy seeking.

Award-winning author and school counselor Jennifer Licate’s celebrated series, Navigating Friendships, also includes these popular titles: Why Is Drama Always Following Me?, Why Is He Spreading Rumors About Me?, My Anxiety Is Messing Things Up, He’s Not Just Teasing!, I Lost My BFF, and Am I Weird?

Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 979-8-88907-013-9
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
59 pages
Softcover, 6"x9"
Grades 4-8; Ages 9-14
Lexile Measure: 730L
F&P Level: W