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Given their battles with disillusionment, boredom, peer pressure, confusion, and the lures of our materialist culture, teens are ideal candidates for introduction to the Four Noble Truths. Diana Winston, who spent a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma and has been teaching Buddhism to teens for a decade, has written a smart, empathetic, accessible introduction to the Eightfold Path for teenage seekers. She describes the awakening and teachings of the Buddha, provides beginning instruction in meditation, and delineates key precepts for living, all in a tone and language keyed to the ears and sensibilities of teenagers. Her skill is such that she easily realizes her aim to make Wide Awake “a handbook for the roller coaster of the teenage years.”