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Girl Stuff: A Survival Guide to Growing Up

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Are You Worried about getting your period, wondering how to get rid of that zit, confused about all these changes in your body and facing all sorts of new choices? Most of all, are you wondering: Am I normal? Don't panic! Going through puberty isn't easy, but this incredibly honest book of thoughtful explanations, practical tips, and quotes from other girls ages ten to fourteen about their own experiences will ensure it's not the worst experience. Share Girl Stuff with your friends and parents, dip into it when ...
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Overview

Are You Worried about getting your period, wondering how to get rid of that zit, confused about all these changes in your body and facing all sorts of new choices? Most of all, are you wondering: Am I normal? Don't panic! Going through puberty isn't easy, but this incredibly honest book of thoughtful explanations, practical tips, and quotes from other girls ages ten to fourteen about their own experiences will ensure it's not the worst experience. Share Girl Stuff with your friends and parents, dip into it when you have a question, and read it over and over until what you're going through doesn't seem so confusing after all.

A guide for girls explaining both the physical and psychological aspects of puberty.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a straightforward tone laced with humor, Girl Stuff: A Survival Guide to Growing Up by Margaret Blackstone and Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Barbara Pollak (updated from the original 2000 publication), covers everything from body and hormonal changes (menstruation and acne) to the emotional roller coaster of adolescence to how to protect yourself. Do's and Don'ts sidebars and close-up categories (e.g., an alternative medicine mini-chapter explaining aromatherapy, yoga, etc.) offer factual information; candid b&w illustrations show such things as the difference between a circumcised and uncircumcised penis, and a girl and woman. A valuable handbook for clearing up common questions and misconceptions. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This is a survival guide to growing up. Every subject that a young girl would like to know about is covered in honest and factual information. The authors interviewed and surveyed young girls and spent hours in sex education classrooms, gathering information and topics that were of most interest to girls going through puberty. A full range of adolescent concerns are discussed, such as physical changes, sex, peer pressure, friendships, and a very useful vocabulary. The additional resources, including toll-free hotlines, organizations and a recommended reading list for teens and parents are invaluable. The book is most appealing in its format. A must for every young girl, and the adults that nurture and guide her growth. 2000, Gulliver Books, Ages 10 to 14, $14.95 and $8.95. Reviewer: Karen Werner
School Library Journal
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 Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From the Publisher
"The accessible format, attractive design, and chatty narrative make this a worthy addition to the girls' development canon."—School Library Journal

"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."—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613253352
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 170
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

MARGARET BLACKSTONE writes books about science as well as picture books. She lives in New York City.

ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the author of the Iris and Walter easy reader series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

BARBARA POLLAK has illustrated several children's books, including her own Our Community Garden. She lives in San Francisco, California.

While working on Girl Stuff, the authors consulted a gynecologist, two psychologists, a sex educator, a dermatologist, and a pediatric nurse.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 What's Going On on the Outside 4
2 The Zen of Acne 38
3 What's Going On on the Inside 58
4 What's Going On with Your Emotions 84
5 Peer Pressure: The Good, the Silent, the Bad, and the Dangerous 108
6 Protecting Yourself 116
7 What You Never Wanted Anyone to Know You Want to Know about Sex 124
8 Many Rivers to Cross 156
Resources for Preteens and Teens 158
Recommended Reading 161
Index 165
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    DO NOT let your 9-12 yr olds read this stuff

    This should be titled WOMAN STUFF. The sex chapter is very explicit. Not appropriate for girls of this age. I bought it based on what I read on the back. I could not believe my eyes as I was looking over the book. I am returning it to the store. My 11 yr old will not be reading it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2009

    Awsome Book!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am a 10 year old girl.My sister got this from the libray for me.My mom,siter,and I all think this is a very good book.It describes everything that goes on during puberty.You should get it for your daughter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    wanted to know

    it is a really great book.it told you about everything. the surprising parts were that it showed boy parts and told really detailed stuff about sex.parents get mad but kids need to know before the kids get to old and OTHER KIDS TELL THEM THE WRONG STUFF if a girl wants answers this is the book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    helped me A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book was outstanding. much better than the first edition! everything in this book is true and i don't think the author left out even one part of puberty. i recommened this highly to girls that are going through puberty right now.it will help you think a lot about you becoming an adult. no dought about it!! i think that every girl should read it even if they have gone through puberty already. its just so much fun to read! there are parts only girls can read so, dont let any guys(boys,dads, guy friends) read this beause it is totally inapropriate for boys.how would you lik it if you read about guys and how they go through puberty?! anyway, this book is very helpful. if you need a book on puberty, this is deffinetly THE ONE!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2006

    a reviewer

    This book is so totally awesome! It talks about absolutely EVERYTHING A GIRL IS AFRAID TO ASK ABOUT!!! There are all these questions that probably seem dumb to most adults. Girl in puberty are craving the answers to these 'dumb' questions. I felt so. . . good reading this book, especially in chapter seven. Now, I feel way more comfortable and informed. Believe me, your parents don't tell you everything there is to know about 'it'. It's a wonderful book that ALL girls in the whole, wide universe should have forever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2002

    Great Book for Growing Girls

    This book was awesome. It spoke about some parts of puberty that I knew, but a lot of it I didn't know. It also spoke about peer pressure, harrassment, relieving stress, and sex. An excellent book for grades 8-12 or older.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    COOL BOOK!

    This book is just the best! It tells me everything I didn't even know! While I read I was suprised at ALL the information! This book deserves more than 5 stars, mabe 5x20!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    Great!!!

    This is the best book my daughter undertstands what happens I will awalys keep this book because I am pregnant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    Tought me all about sex.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2007

    Amazin

    Hey Everyone The book was amazing it prepares you for puberty and not one part is left out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    A Girls Life

    I thought this book was very helpful. It can give you a lot of information you dont want to ask about because you feel akward. It can guide you through puberty, or anything you are going through. I think that this is a good book for girls through the ages of 10-15. After that you wont need it because you have gone through it all! I Loved this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004

    Every girl needs one!

    This book really helped my through life. I have always and always will tell girls about this book. I LOVE IT! I have read and re-read this book 3 times! If you're having a rough time through life YOU NEED THIS BOOK! I don't think any other book out there would give you so much info about your body and how to work your way through it! Buy this book today! PLEASE! YOU WILL LOVE IT! I PROMISE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    Great Book

    This book answered all my questions in a easy way so that I could understand. It is a straight forward book and gets you to understand your body.

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