Don't Cramp My Style: Stories About "That" Time of the Month

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Whether your cycle is regular or random, you prefer chocolate or chips, you break out or stay zit-free, your period is an indelible fact of life....

Finally, a book that forgets "Aunt Flow" and "the curse" and deals with that time of the month head-on. In twelve stirring fictional narratives, celebrated authors including Han Nolan and David Lubar explore with spirit and strength everything from boyfriends buying tampons, to embarrassing encounters in white, to heart-wrenching ...

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Overview

Whether your cycle is regular or random, you prefer chocolate or chips, you break out or stay zit-free, your period is an indelible fact of life....

Finally, a book that forgets "Aunt Flow" and "the curse" and deals with that time of the month head-on. In twelve stirring fictional narratives, celebrated authors including Han Nolan and David Lubar explore with spirit and strength everything from boyfriends buying tampons, to embarrassing encounters in white, to heart-wrenching pregnancy scares. This is a must-have collection for young women everywhere!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442481091
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Rowe Fraustinois the award-winning editor of the acclaimed anthology Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets and the celebrated collection Soul Searching: Thirteen Stories About Faith and Belief. She is also the author of the ALA Notable Book The Hickory Chair, illustrated by Benny Andrews. Lisa resides in Ashford, Connecticut, and is a professor of English and children's
literature at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Table of Contents

contents

introduction "snapshots in blood" by Michelle H. Martin

"taking care of things" by Pat Brisson

"the heroic quest of douglas mcgawain" by David Lubar

"moon time child" by Alice McGill

"the women's house" by Dianne Ochiltree

"the czarevna of muscovy" by Joan Elizabeth Goodman

"sleeping beauty" by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

"transfusion" by Joyce McDonald

"maroon" by Han Nolan

"ritual purity" by Deborah Heiligman

"losing it" by Julie Stockler

"the uterus fairy" by Linda Oatman High

afterword

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    A girl who likes books........ just not this one!!!!

    I normally like books about teenage stuff, but when I read this book I got really scared! Half of the stories were weird and the other half were weirder! One was so scared I started to cry! I wouldnt suggest this book unless you like this kind of thing?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    Wow!

    This book was pretty good. Some of the stories I didn't enjoy like the moon time. That was just stupid. Otherwise it was all good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Most of the stories are boring

    I havent even finished it because the last 2 stories just were long an very boring. It was a good idea though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2004

    Excellent Anthology

    I may not be the target audience for this book (I'm an adult male, I suspect most of its readers will be adolescent females), but I thought this was a terrific anthology, and a great way to get a discussion started about 'that time of month.' For girls, it gives some perspective, and for boys (if you could get them to read it), it would go a long way toward demystifying the ways of women (!). I especially liked Dianne Ochiltree's 'The Woman's House,' and David Lubar's very funny 'The Heroic Quest of Douglas McGawain' (a teenage boy goes out to buy tampons for his girlfriend!).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    Great Concept, Poorly Executed

    What could have been a funny, insightful, authentic anthology just doesn't quite make it. Many of the stories seem to have menstruation thrown in: the event doesn't add anything to the plot. 'Heroic Quest,' about a guy buying tampoons for his girlfriend, is the best of the bunch. The rest range from 'pretty good' to 'downright stupid.' I'd like to see this redone with better stories from better-known authors.

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