Author(s): Grace Halphen (Editor)
Melbourne teenager Grace Halphen had a tough time transitioning to high school - she struggled to make friends and fit in. When she realised this was a common experience, she wondered why she'd felt so alone. When she was 13, she embarked on a project to contact all the public figures she admires, and asked them to provide advice to help teenagers navigate the inevitable ups and downs of adolescence.
In Letter to my Teenage Self, 50 prominent Australians write heartfelt letters to their younger selves, passing on the wisdom they wish they'd had at the time. From learning to laugh at yourself (Adam Gilchrist), realising that the qualities that make you stand out are the ones that makes you SO RAD (Missy Higgins), not letting the negative things that happen shape who you become (Guy Sebastian), practising gratitude (Nathan Buckley), and the reassurance that you'll get over anger about people treating you badly because you'll get better at treating yourself well (Judith Lucy), Letter to my Teenage Self provides inspiration and reassurance for parents and teenagers alike.
Contributors include: Maggie Beer, Chris Judd, Judith Lucy, Matt Tilley, Jen Cloher, Jackie French, Julian McMahon, Missy Higgins, Nathan Buckley, Kate Cebrano, Josh Frydenberg, Sir Gus Nossal, Layne Beachley, Stephanie Rice, David Koch, Guy Sebastian, Alice Pung, Danni Minogue, Chet Faker, Shaun Tan, Richard Frankland, Lisa Mitchell, Mim and Liv Nervo, Jo Stanley, Peter Alexander
All profits from the sale of this book go to the REACH FOUNDATION, helping all teenagers reach their full potential.
Grace Halphen is 15 years old, and has just started Year 10 at Wesley College in Melbourne. She began Letter to my Teenage Self while still at another High School after she'd had a difficult time transitioning there from Primary School. That experience made her want to create something to help people going through similar challenges.