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Girl stuff : a survival guide to growing up
Blackstone, Margaret.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt, [2000]

Physical Description:
170 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A guide for girls explaining both the physical and psychological aspects of puberty.

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RJ144 .B53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
RJ144 .B53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RJ144 .B53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RJ144 .B53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RJ144 .B53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RJ144 .B53 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Girls approaching puberty have lots of questions: What should they do if their period starts and they aren't prepared? Can they get rid of that zit before tomorrow? Why do they sometimes feel cranky and scared? This comprehensive, reassuring, and compassionate guide will help answer those questions, and many more. Useful sections explain both the physical and psychological changes that adolescence brings and how to cope with them. Written in a no-nonsense style--with quotes from dozens of girls about their own experiences--this essential resource provides practical information about the trials and tribulations of puberty.

Author Notes

MARGARET BLACKSTONE writes books about science as well as picture books. She lives in New York City. Elissa Haden Guest has written ten books about Iris and Walter. She lives in San Francisco, California. Visit her website at ."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-7. Conversational, nonjudgmental, accurate, practical, and broad in scope, this title gives girls an idea of what they can expect, physically and emotionally, as they become young women. Targeted to a younger audience than Lynda Madaras' titles, this book contains comparable information on the physical changes, for girls and boys, that take place with puberty. In the one section that feels clinical and less kid-accessible, the authors discuss the mechanics of sex and its emotional ramifications, birth control, homosexuality, and sexually transmitted diseases. But most of the book concentrates on such preteen concerns as body hair, acne, choosing a bra, menstruation, changing relationships, peer groups, and stress. Good health, safety, and emotional well-being are emphasized throughout, with frequent admonitions to discuss problems with a trusted adult. Some readers, however, might find the occasional editorial "we" intrusive. The cartoon-style illustrations by Barbara Pollak are hip and racially balanced, although the labels on some diagrams are difficult to read. Solid bibliographies for teens and parents are included, as is a list of organizations. --Catherine Andronik

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This resource for girls approaching puberty falls between Mavis Jukes's popular Growing Up (1998) and her It's a Girl Thing (1996, both Knopf), broadly covering female physical, emotional, and social development and sexuality. By covering such a wide range of topics in a compact book, the authors don't go into extensive detail in any particular area, but do an admirable job touching on a plethora of subjects of interest to this audience. Much of the information is shared by pairing frank, realistic questions that readers might ask with accurate, straightforward answers packed with facts. Topics include body hair and odor, nutrition and eating disorders, menstruation, friendship, peer pressure, stress, and alternative medicine. The chapter devoted to acne and skin care is filled with practical, safe, and effective techniques for dealing with related problems. Relationships, sexual identity, and birth control are also discussed but in less detail. Black-and-white spot drawings appear throughout. The accessible format, attractive design, and chatty narrative make this a worthy addition to the girls' development canon.-Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 What's Going On on the Outsidep. 4
2 The Zen of Acnep. 38
3 What's Going On on the Insidep. 58
4 What's Going On with Your Emotionsp. 84
5 Peer Pressure: The Good, the Silent, the Bad, and the Dangerousp. 108
6 Protecting Yourselfp. 116
7 What You Never Wanted Anyone to Know You Want to Know about Sexp. 124
8 Many Rivers to Crossp. 156
Resources for Preteens and Teensp. 158
Recommended Readingp. 161
Indexp. 165