Trueit’s book will get reluctant writers writing and will excite those who already love to express themselves. It covers topics of maintaining a positive attitude, has sidebars with points of interest, and writing exercises and prompts for a 30-day journal. The tips on how to begin and activities to overcome writers block are a real plus. When writing just isn’t in the cards check out the alternatives of drawing, collecting photographs, and scrapbooking, all which can eventually lead to great writing. Excerpts from Anne Frank’s, Amelia Earhart’s, and other historical journals are included. The content covers several national social studies standards for upper elementary and middle school, but will still be a great tool for higher level younger students. Besides building personal growth and knowing your self better, journaling builds better organizational skills and focus. Encourage. Reflect. Express.