Long-time Bluffton resident, now residing in Beaufort, Carole Marsh Longmeyer adds a timely title to her portfolio of more than 15,000 children’s books including curriculum and supplemental educational materials for schools nationwide.

“How to be a Good Kid in a Rotten Apple World,” a straight-talking little book (124 pages plus 30 pages of workbook fun), is aimed at the 8 to 14 age group but there are valuable, relevant messages for 15- and 16-year-old kids too.

Immersed daily in social media and part of a broad community of people (including some they know nothing about), kids today are more vulnerable than previous generations their age. Longmeyer writes about self-esteem, that we all have free will to make our own decisions, the reality of consequences, not following along with the crowd and thinking for yourself, and more.

A great feature is the inclusion of several pages of checklists with thought-provoking questions and hypothetical situations children are likely to be exposed to. Reading and completing these, they will be encouraged to examine their personal experiences and reactions or habits – in an objective, nonjudgmental setting.

Longmeyer’s “voice” is kind, humorous and respectful as she talks to young people as if she is sitting down with them in person. In this latest endeavor, she shares personal childhood anecdotes, conveying her message clearly without preaching or admonishing.

Kids will come away with a sense of increased confidence, armed with practical tools for coping in a sometimes “rotten world.” This book should be a widely accessible resource in school libraries and media centers everywhere.

“How to be a Good Kid in a Rotten Apple World” would make a great gift for any pre-teen or teen, perfect for reading together, especially with younger kids. Also check out the author’s mystery series (51 titles) for kids 7 to 14, each one highly entertaining and set in a famous or historical location.

Born in Georgia, Longmeyer is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards throughout her writing and publishing career. Named the Teacher’s Choice for the Classroom six times, an honor bestowed by Learning Magazine, she was also the 2015 Moonbeam Silver Medal award winner and the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year.

All of her books can be ordered on Amazon or ordered directly from Gallopade.com, the website for the author’s family-owned publishing company located in Peachtree City, Ga.

Glenda Harris of Bluffton is a freelance writer and editor, nature lover and aspiring novelist.