The O'Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families

The O'Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families

by Bill O'Reilly, Charles Flowers

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The bestselling author ofThe O'Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, and Who's Looking Out for You? talks straight to kids this time. He is as demanding, direct, and wry asever—but he's also more revealing too, sharing candid snapshots of his own childhood throughout.

Bill O'Reilly, a former schoolteacher, now an award-winning broadcast news journalist, husband, and father of two, joins forces with an experienced educator to bring you, America's youth, a code of ethics by which to live.In this latest book, Bill takes to task bullies, cheaters, advertisers who target you irresponsibly, and parents who fight for their children to win undeserved honors instead of earning them on their own merit.

He lays bare the unvarnished truths about sex, money, smoking, drugs, alcohol, and friends. What he has to say about these issues may very well surprise you. He offers coping devices for those enduring a divorce, struggling with teacher, parent, or sibling relationships, and planning their futures. He also shares wisdom on such subjects as death, politics, and God.

Whether you take the tests he's provided, take the advice he doles out, or just take a cue from the personal stories he shares, you're bound to make smarter choices in your life, and that's all Bill asks for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061751387
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 602 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

For more than thirteen years, three-time Emmy Award winner Bill O’REillyhas presided over The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest-ratednews program on cable. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABCNews and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program InsideEdition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Pieceof Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.

Charles Flowers, the award-winning author or coauthor of sixty-two books, has also written television documentaries, magazine articles, art and theater criticism, and opinion columns in such publications as the New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and City Newspaper. A former newspaper reporter, high school teacher, and university professor, he wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Nation, and, with composer Sorrel Hays, the three-act opera Our Giraffe.

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The O'Reilly Factor for Kids
A Survival Guide for America's Families


Almost everybody watched the TV show Friends on NBC. Unfortunately, some kids think that's what real friends are like. Of course, we can learn a lot of things from our Friends on television, but sitcoms are very different from real life.

In real life, true friends stand by you when things get rough. If you get sick or have a tragedy in your family, your real friends will be there to listen and to help. Sure, they do that in the TV program, but the tragedies those characters experience last only twenty-three minutes. Yours will last much longer, so your friends will have to last much longer, too.

TV friends are also always fooling around. You can't do that in real life. There will be times when you will have to do some very difficult things. If you have friends who will help you, you'll be a lot better off.

My Story:

I once had a friend in high school whom I confided in. This guy and I had known each other since first grade and we were pretty solid. At least, I thought we were. Freshman year is always tough because you are the youngest in the school and are still trying to figure out the program. There was this dance I wanted to go to, but I didn't want to go alone. I wanted some guys to hang with so the girls would think I was cool. So I asked my friend, who was usually up for this kind of thing, if he would come along. He said he couldn't go. I said fine and found a couple of other guys to go with me. But when we arrived at the hop (that's what they called a dance back then), I couldn't believe my eyes. My so-called friend who told me he couldn't go to the dance was out there doing the twist like a madman. What was up with that? I cornered this so-called friend later, and he admitted that some of the guys he went to the dance with didn't like me, so he didn't want me around.

If that situation had happened in a TV sitcom, everybody would have made up and had a few laughs. But life is different. I never trusted that guy again and rarely spoke to him. Since he never apologized, I think I made the smart decision. He wasn't a true friend, and that happens a lot in life. By not wasting any more time with him, I went on to make real friends, many of whom I hang around with to this day. I'm that kind of guy: once I become friends with you, I'm in for life unless you do something bad to me. Even though I am now famous and successful, I still keep my old friends. And believe me, none of them looks like Jennifer Aniston. It would not be hard being her friend.

Okay, you know I've made money. It was a long time coming, so I don't usually spend much of it and I certainly don't show it off. (We're going to talk about money smarts later in this book.) But one thing I do that costs a few bucks is set up a trip every year to some exotic faraway place -- the Caribbean, the Hawaiian Islands -- where I sail and swim and dive with old friends.

And I do mean "old friends." I've known some of these guys since we were four years old, others from high school and college, and still others from my early years in television. I've been lucky to have such friends, but I've also worked hard at it. We trust one another. We care about one another's families. We laugh a lot. We remember a lot.

I hope you can have such friends when you're my age.

Of course, you can't control all of the circumstances that help friendships develop and last. I grew up in the same house until I went away to college. The kids in my neighborhood really knew one another. We went to the same schools, terrorized the same teachers, dated the same girls.

Now, I don't want you to think that I sat around when I was your age and carefully chose my companions because of their virtues. No way. I ran with the loudmouthed, brash, unruly kids. We looked like bums; we acted like maniacs. We did very stupid things.

But even though we would not have used these words back then, we were loyal to one another. One for all, all for one: we really were like that.

And because I had experienced true friendship, which grew over the years through many different situations (not all of them fun, by any means), I got very, very spoiled. I mean, throughout the rest of my life, I have expected new friends to be as honest and loyal as my old friends.

Is that stupid?

Maybe. But that's the way I am.

Other people will tell you to forgive a friend for lying to you. Not me. Others will say that it is "mature" to expect your friends to have faults. Agreed. They can have all kinds of faults except dishonesty and disloyalty. Either of those is poison to a friendship. Sorry, but I can't see it any other way. Someone can lie to me once, but only once, if he or she wants to be a friend.

See, you heard I could be stubborn.

And I want you to be the same way, at least on this subject. You deserve friendship with people who can be trusted. You don't need to accept a so-called friendship with someone because he or she is "popular" or good-looking. None of that matters. I am surrounded in television by people who choose "friends" because they're rich or famous or sexy. That kind of friendship is called "groveling." And it lasts, such as it is, only as long as the other person has money, gets recognized on the street, or looks good in lowriders ...

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A Survival Guide for America's Families
. Copyright © by Bill O'Reilly. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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O'Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America's Families 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
jbm More than 1 year ago
I got this book for our twelve year old son and he has LOVED IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who counts out this book because they dislike O'Reilly can't be very open minded. You should read the book if you're going to make an opinion. Truth be told, the book is solid and good for young audiences as family is the basic building block of society.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this for Christmas (Merry Christmas!) from my Grandparents! It was an easy read. I liked how he didn't push, but guided you. He told his story and uses it for life lessons. Here is a quote that is a good picture of what I think of this book. 'Some things you may never understand But knowledge from lessons not your own Can save you from the unknown Which may stop your fall'(Kutless, Mistakes) I recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
O'reilly was never someone I thought would write as helpful a book as this one was. It put most of if not all of the components that make up a teenage life in perspective. It explained how to deal with parents, friends, smoking (which i don't do by the way), and tells how to deal with all these situations. Definitley a great book for teens. Don't let the 'for kids' fool you. The book deals more with teenage life then a regular young kid's life. If you are a teen that needs help or thinks it wouldn't hurt to learn more about how to deal with your everyday life then buy this book for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, Mr. O'Reilly gives kids no-nonsense, clear, and helpful advice about what happens when kids ignore red flags and potentially dangerous situations. He tells it like it is which is the way it should be. He's proven his advice is good to take as he himself has become a successful citizen. I like his traditionalist AND moderate view of the world. I'm happy that it comes at a time when my son can use it as a guide before high school.
Kriss356 More than 1 year ago
My parents never told me how to think, what to set as my views, and I never let anyone tell me what to think. I know O'Riley from Fox News and his award-winning books, and I know that he's lived quite a life and he's learned from it, he's made his mistakes; now he's trying to prevent today's kids from making those mistakes. We already have huge bucks to pay over our lifetimes, we can try to avoid some trivial mistakes, and that's O'Riley's aim with this book. I respect him to no end. I like his way of thinking; and I can relate to him, too. I saw this book, and I, by myself chose this as my next read. I loved it. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the fact that someone was trying to provide kids truth, which we are not provided with these days. When teachers teach us this stuff, they present them in their own light, not how it is, no sugar coating, just the good ol' tarnished truth. The book tells us the facts in a bold, loud and clear way, with O'Riley's opinions included, though not cloaking the truth, which I especially like. Among my peers and me, we do have a whirlwind of confusion confusing us; and no-one tells us everything there is; no full story, just one side of it -- in different versions. And though most adults think that they know how the teenage mind works, their ideas are pretty darn foggy and wrong. They don't understand what some of us deal with -- worse than what they had to deal with in their day. Modern times heavily affect children. For some kids, it's war. Reading this pretty much cleared my head. I was lucky enough to experience and learn life early and well, so I tend to do well in school, with friends, good relationships with adults, etc. Sadly, some of my friends are not as lucky. I recommend this book to all of my friends if they want to know about truth and clarity. It's a great way for kids to learn and know about the world. The real, true, tarnished world. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is moderately good. people i know have read it and say it is wonderful. i have to say props to Mr. O'reilly. its great how he's comfortable speaking his mind!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book really talked about how the world really is, and what us teenagers have to face. He takes the mask off of life and helps us understand. I connected with this book and it has helped me when I encounter conflict. I encourage all to read it-especially us confused teens. Love O'Reily, I get a kick out of him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. O'Reilly did a fantastic job on this book. Very blunt and in kids language. I highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Bill is being a great wise man. He wants everyone to make their own decisions and opinions. I highly recomend all of Bill's books.
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Dancer4144 More than 1 year ago
I think this is agreat book! I am twelve and watch the factor with my dad and loved the book. It has many life lessons andnways to guide you through life!
Regina Harmon More than 1 year ago
I am a mom and i read this to my kids great book
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