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Alexandra Robbins

Alexandra Robbins has opened up the self-help genre to children and youth in a big way. She is a journalist, author, and public speaker. Most of her work goes toward acknowledging and addressing the struggles and concerns of young adults as they decide on colleges and what to do with the rest of their lives.

A few of her books have focused on these issues, which taken together she calls the “quarter-life crisis.” However, her most well-received book, “The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids,” addresses life even before that stage. It vividly portrays the mounting stresses leading up to college as well.

With her talent for bringing children’s mental health issues to the forefront, it is no wonder that she won the 2007 Heartsong Award. Robbins is originally from Bethesda, Maryland. She describes herself as a former geek who now benefits from the skills that earned her that label in high school.