My Friend's Got This Problem, Mr. Candler

My Friend's Got This Problem, Mr. Candler
By Mel Glenn
Clarion Books

Parents who don’t care, teachers who don’t understand, a little brother who’s a pest, a guy or girl who doesn’t know if you’re alive- if you’re a high school student, or know someone who is, then you know about problems like these. Perhaps – like Arthur Gabriel and Roxanne DeVerona - you’ve asked, “Does she like me?” or “Is he the one?” Or you may have wondered, as Terrance Kane does, when the pain of a breakup would go away.

Through the door of the guidance counselor’s office come Arthur, Roxanne, Terrance, and many others. Five days a week, eight periods a day, students- and some parents as well- bring Mr. Candler their questions, problems, sorrows, and dreams. Pull up a chair and listen, along with Mr. Candler. You may recognize some of these people as friends, as classmates… or as yourself.

"Continuing the series of poems he began in Class Dismissed! (Clarion), Glenn provides further slice-of-life vignettes about high school, this time as seen through the eyes of a guidance counselor. The accounts of the pressures on students brought on by exams, parents, sex, and drugs are painfully honest and direct."
– Horn Book

Best Books for Young Adults, 1992 
– American Library Association