Sage advice for gifted teens who want to think for themselves, relate well with others, and reach their potential in life.

Written by:  Judy Galbraith, M.A.  /  Jim Delisle, Ph.D.


Support gifted teenagers with this one-of-a-kind book full of sage advice to help them understand themselves, relate well with others, and reach their potential in life. Based on surveys of nearly 1,400 gifted teenagers, this updated classic is the ultimate guide to thriving in a world that doesn’t always support or understand high ability. Full of surprising facts, cutting-edge research, revealing quizzes and survey results, step-by-step strategies, inspiring teen quotes and stories, and insightful expert essays, the guide gives readers the tools they need to appreciate their giftedness as an asset and use it to make the most of who they are.

The fourth edition has been revised to provide a new generation of gifted teens with strategies and facts about giftedness, including:


  • information about twice-exceptionality
  • the truth about IQ, tests, and intelligence (emotional, social, and creative intelligence)
  • in-depth discussions about intensities and personality types associated with giftedness
  • research findings about brain development in gifted teens
  • strategies for dealing with expectations, perfectionism, study habits, and stress
  • ways to take charge of their education
  • advice on choosing a college or college alternative
  • ways to deal with teasing, bullying, and cyberbullying
  • guidelines for being “net smart” and staying safe online
  • information about depression, suicide, and giftedness
  • sections on being gifted and queer, developing wisdom and a personal philosophy, and handling existential crises
  • a wealth of additional resources including books, publications, associations, programs, websites, and much more


With more than a quarter-million copies in print, The Gifted Teen Survival Guide is essential reading for gifted teens, their parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about smart, talented, curious young people.


Part of Self-Help for Teens®
Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support teens’ social-emotional health.

  • Midwest Book Award
  • Read, America! Selection



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Praise for The Gifted Teen Survival Guide

“This revision of its predecessor continues the same high standards . . . Likely to appeal to the secondary gifted student.”—Lincoln Public Schools


“Teachers and parents of gifted adolescents will glean insight into social and emotional challenges faced by gifted teens as they explore this valuable resource.”—Gifted Child Today


“Readable, engaging, and positive without being moralistic . . . offers answers and suggestions that are not simplistic. This book can help [teens] negotiate their way through the snares of being a teenager with confidence and success.”—VOYA


“What was good about the previous edition is even better in the new, fourth edition.”—Lisa Rivero, Everyday Intensity blog and author of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents


“Offers specific, often pithy advice. This updated edition . . . feels fresh and timely. An intelligent, entertaining look at the unique and not-so-unique issues that gifted teens face.”—Kirkus Reviews


“A truly excellent, thorough, and up-to-date book! It will help gifted teens understand themselves in ways that will change their lives.”—James T. Webb, Ph.D., psychologist and founder of Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted


“Reading this guide is like having an expert on giftedness, an excellent teacher or mentor, and a best friend to talk with—all at the same time. The combination of great information and great writing makes it a ‘can’t put it down’ book! I recommend it highly for all gifted teens.”—Susan Daniels, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology and counseling at California State University in San Bernardino, and coauthor of Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults


ISBN: 978-1-57542-381-4
Reading Level: Grades 7 & up
Interest Level: Ages 11 & up
Guided Reading Level: Z
Lexile Measure: 1150L
Illustrated: two-color, illust.
Trim Size: 7" x 9"
Page Count: 272

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide


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