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Justin Bieber's mother releases teenage book

Pattie Mallette said she hopes to help teenagers identify with their own stories.

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - Pattie Mallette, mother of teenage singing sensation Justin Bieber, is releasing a special edition of her best-selling book Nowhere but Up aimed at teens, her publisher said on Tuesday.

The new edition, published by Baker Publishing's Revell Books and due out on 2 July, directs Mallette's life story as mother of the 19-year-old pop idol toward teenage readers, and includes new features including a group discussion guide and side bars addressing topics based on questions from Mallette's Twitter followers.

In announcing the book Mallette said, "When I was a teenager, it always helped me to hear the stories of others, and how they made it through difficult circumstances."

With the added features, "I hope to help teenagers identify with their own stories and navigate through some of their own pain," she added.

Mallette's book, Nowhere but Up: The Story of Justin Bieber's Mom, chronicled her past struggles with abandonment issues, depression, sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy, but included notes of hope driven by her Christian faith.

Mallette collaborated with author A.J. Gregory for both the original and the new edition of the book.

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