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A girl's guide to growing up : making the right choices
Greenberg, Judith E.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [2000]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Discusses the issued faced by middle-school girls as they grow up, including personal relationships, school responsibilities, personal style and self-image, temptations, risky behavior, and the many decisions they must make.
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.9 8 Quiz: 33387 Guided reading level: V.
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HQ798 .G69 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Leaving lectures behind, each chapter addresses real issues like personal relationships, alcohol and drugs, eating disorders, gangs, cliques, and sex. Internet resources, hotlines, and questionnaires are also included.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. An empathetic tone and lots of personal stories distinguish this self-help title for preteens and younger teen girls. Greenberg covers such issues as school, risky behaviors, dating, sex, self-esteem, eating disorders, and cliques. She begins each chapter with a poem by a teenager, uses many examples taken from real-life situations, and offers advice from counselors, doctors, and consultants in "What do the experts say?" snippets. A final chapter addressed to parents and caregivers is noteworthy for its tact, sensitivity, and support of both teens and parents. The text is nicely broken up with lots of black-and-white photos showing teens of different ethnicities and social groups. Though some of the photos look posed, they nonetheless form an effective counterpoint to the text. Greenberg tackles many subjects here, none in depth, but she refers readers to some excellent books, Web sites, and hotlines where they can learn more. --Debbie Carton

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-This short, nicely packaged book presents little in the way of new information but is written in an easy-to-read, nonjudgmental style. As if delivered by a favorite aunt or big sister, the material is easily digested and should be readily accepted. Common-sense advice is warmly offered on setting limits, avoiding risky behaviors such as drug use and getting pierced or tattooed, getting along with peers and parents, and developing relationships. Readers will relate to the black-and-white photos of young teens of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Brief, moving poems begin each chapter, and an excellent list of Web sites and helpful national organizations is appended. Lynda Madaras's What's Happening to My Body: A Growing up Guide for Parents and Daughters (Newmarket, 1988) is more comprehensive and is more accessible for older teens. Ellen Kahaner's Everything You Need to Know about Growing up Female (Rosen, 1997) addresses a similar audience but lacks current Web sites and organizational contact information. A welcome addition to most collections.-Susan Riley, Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.