Each book takes the form of extended interviews with four or five children/young adults who have had the experience specified in the title. The interviews are carefully constructed to cover both the emotional as well as the practical consequences. The aim is not to be sensational but sympathetic and informative. Extended endmatter provides advice, contact numbers and addresses. The text itself is in a question and answer format, recording as literally as possible the answers of the person being interviewed.
Suzie Hayman trained as a teacher, and is now a counsellor, broadcaster and author of eighteen books. She has been a national agony aunt for 15 years. Angela Neustatter is a journalist and writer who has written extensively for and about young people.