What do you do when a parent, a grandparent, your brother, cousins and an uncle are doing drugs? You are also expected to do drugs, right? Fifteen-year-old Savanna Peterson went beyond the expectations of others and took a stand against drugs, even when her older brother had parties while her mother was at work, the cops were watching her house, and her dad spent most of her life in prision for drug-related crimes.
Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is written by a high school student and her grandmother. The book includes stories of people who have abused drugs and interviews with actors and professionals. Learn facts about drugs and hear about goal-oriented kids who, like Savanna, have made a choice to remain drug-free.
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Savanna Peterson, nicknamed Bab Sav because she is not very tall, is a tenth grader from Utah. Her favorite thing to do is ghost hunting with her friends. Her favorite band is Sleeping Giant. Her favorite movies are The Sandlot and Stand by Me. Savanna says, "I try to have as much fun as I possibly can, and that doen't include drugs or drinking. You have more fun when you can remember your memories. I like to remember what I did the night before."Jill Ammon Vanderwood is Savanna's grandmother and the author of four children's books. She is the winner of the 2008 Writer of the Year Award from the Leauge of Utah Writers. Her book, What's It Like, Living Green, Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live is the winner of three national book awards.Jill has witnessed first hand how drugs affect a family through marriage to an alcoholic and the addiction of several family members. Jill also lives a drug and alcohol-free life.
Jill Ammon Vanderwood is the winner of the Writer of the Year Award for 2008, presented by the League of Utah Writers. She was noted for her published works, as well as mentoring other writers, and community service to the Literacy Action Center, the Northwest Kiwanis Camp and the Wheelchair Foundation.Jill participated in the first Earth Day celebration in Portland, Oregon. Now living in Utah, she is a mother and grandmother who wants to help the next generation work toward creating a healthier future for our planet.Other books by Jill Ammon Vanderwood:Through the Rug; Through the Rug 2: Follow that Dog; and The San Francisco Adventures of Sara, the Pineapple CatSchools are invited to join the Green Leap for Literacy campaign, free of charge. For information visit: www.jillvanderwood.com