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Children's Nonfiction Anatomy & Physiology

Under Pressure

The Science of Stress

by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi

illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Anatomy & Physiology, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Emotions & Feelings
Recommended Age
11 to 14
Recommended Grade
6 to 9
Recommended Reading age
11 to 14
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price

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Adolescents are no strangers to stress. Here's a book just for them that explores the science behind that sweaty, heart-racing, under-pressure feeling they sometimes get as they struggle to navigate their changing world. It covers the fight-or-flight reaction to sudden danger, how people cope with chronic stress, how trauma can affect the brain, the ways athletes put pressure to work and the surprising treatments scientists have found for stress in everyday life. By examining how pressure affects the human body and different ways to manage it, this book allows middle graders to get a handle on what normal stress is and isn't --- and how to deal with it either way. Because knowing the facts can make all the difference.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi has written a clear, well-organized, fact-packed book that is meant to empower adolescents with information about stress. With experts increasingly embracing mindfulness techniques and stress-reduction programs for children, this book is an ideal tool for parents, teachers and students to learn the science behind it all. And its unique focus means it supports science, social studies and health education curricula. The book is divided into chapters and sections that break the information into easily readable chunks, with sidebars and factoids throughout. And the text contains loads of stories and examples, along with simple and often humorous illustrations by Marie-Ève Tremblay, which make learning about stress an enjoyable and interesting experience.

About the authors

Tanya Lloyd Kyi claims to be a peaceful and non-threatening person, despite having written three books about fire and one about poison. She has never set a building aflame, handled dynamite, or intentionally poisoned anyone … although a suspicious number of friends did have stomachaches after eating her Christmas party meatballs one year.Tanya writes both fiction and non-fiction, often choosing topics related to science, pop culture, or social history—or a combination of the three. She enjoys combining factual research with intriguing narratives, or the life stories of interesting folks.Tanya began her writing “career” as a poet in high school, producing pages and pages of really bad poems that her mother adored. Her love of writing led to the University of Victoria, where she took creative writing and English. Tanya’s early writing jobs were as a newspaper reporter and brochure writer for the government. She also worked as a dishwasher, busgi

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Marie-Ève Tremblay est une illustratrice qui habite à Montréal. Elle a illustré La vengeresse masquée et le loup ainsi que les albums tout carton de la série Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers.


Marie-Ève Tremblay is an illustrator living in Montreal, Quebec. Books she has illustrated include La vengeresse masquée et le Loup, as well as the interactive board books series Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers.


Marie-Eve Tremblay's profile page


  • Short-listed, Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Unknown, Middle Grades Science Book Award, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize

Editorial Reviews

This title packs a great deal of useful information in a thoroughly engaging package.

School Library Journal

Excellent for research into the subject as well as personal enjoyment for science lovers.

Kirkus Reviews

... a helpful resource for any reader - adolescents, parents, educators, counsellors - seeking to understand the concrete processes that human bodies and brains undergo in stressful situations.—Montreal Review of Books

Under Pressure provides a good overview of the science of stress, including types of stress, how to manage stress and stress research.—CM Magazine

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