33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, Poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women

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While everyone's probably got 33 different answes to that question, we're betting that thee's a lot of commong ground, and this book will show it. We've collected 33 different experiences from 33 different women, who are older, younger, and in-between, but who all have one thing in common: they've picked up some clues along their journey and want to share them with you.

This isn't a guidebook that's going to tell you how to live. Instead, it's a celebration of ways to enjoy life when you're up, and comforting words to help you get through bad times when you're down. There are comic strips to make you laugh, conversations to make you think, short stories to help you escape, and a whole lot more. Wish you could be more carefree? Check out Natalie Merchant's poem for simple ideas on how to get more fun out of life. Feeling unpopular? Tabitha Soren has a few stories that will make you laugh and realize that if she can get through it, so can you. Do you love science but don't want anyone to know? Juliann Willey came up with a list of reasons why science is cool, and beign dumb isn't. With contributioins from Fairth Ringgold, Vera Wang, Rebecca Lobo, Sigourney Weaver, Lynda Barry, and lots of other strong women, this book is about more than just getting through life. It's about being smart, doing your own thing, having fun, and standing proud. So whether you think you're clueless and confused or have all the answers, here are 33 different ideas to help you map out a journey all your own.

A mix of short stories, essays, a comic strip, a speech, an interview, poems, and more which offer insights and advice for girls.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpMuch has been written and studied about the fragile self-esteem of adolescent girls. These selections, all by different authors, aim to offer advice that could help make them more confident and give them a positive direction and outlook. The contributors, such as M.E. Kerr, Vera Wang, Wendy Wasserstein, and Faith Ringgold, represent a wide range of backgrounds and professions and include scientists, athletes, artists, sociologists, writers, and others. A varied spectrum of quality is found in the stories, essays, fairy tales, poetry, cartoons, and memoirs. Some, though well written, give clichd advice. Judith Ortiz Cofer recommends, "Love your work, and enjoy your play." The actress Sigourney Weaver touts the benefit of hard work and commitment. The underlying message throughout shouts that readers must be true to themselves and follow personal passions. The topics covered vary greatly and include dealing with one's sexual orientation, overcoming and triumphing despite physical handicaps, combating the pervasive "thin is beautiful" culture, dealing with insensitive people, and just finding oneself. Some selections are heavy-handed and preachy, but others speak with a true voice easily heard by adolescents. There's something here for everyone. Perhaps the title is a bit misleading since it seems to promise 33 different ideas. This is a worthwhile purchase for any library. The challenge is to channel it to its intended audience.Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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A terribly earnest collection of advice that ranges from preachy to peachy. Bolden (And Not Afraid to Dare, p. 54, etc.) has chosen her contributors well in this assembly of essays, short fiction, poems, and comics: It includes pieces by such contemporary figures as Natalie Merchant, Tabitha Soren, Wendy Wasserstein, and teen diarist Latoya Hunter. Most of them resemble commencement addresses more than words intended for print, and in fact, Sigourney Weaver's piece is just such an address. Some pieces are moving and empowering: Lynda Barry's comic "Mean Girls Are Real" is painfully hilarious but very strong; basketball star Rebecca Lobo's "Get a Game Plan!" is unvarnished but heartfelt; linguist Deborah Tannen offers wisdom about the different ways boys and girls communicate. The whole, however, is a little wearing, as if a favorite, well-intentioned aunt is nattering on too long. Bolden mentions in the introduction her wish that a book similar to this one had existed when she was 12; of the few available now, Mavis Jukes's It's a Girl Thing (1996, not reviewed) and Judith Harlan's Girl Talk (1997) offer more. (Anthology. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517709993
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 159
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Tonya Bolden is the author of the children's book Through Loona's Door: A Tammy and Owen Adventure with Carte G. Woodson.  Her books for teenagers include the novels Mama, I Want to Sing (co-authored with Vy Higginsen) and Just Family; the anthology Rites of Passage: Stories About Growing Up by Black Writers from Around the World; and a collection of biographies of ten epic women, And Not Afraid to Dare.   Her books for grownups include The Book of African American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters .  She is a native New Yorker.
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