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girlSpoken: from pen, brush & tongue
     

girlSpoken: from pen, brush & tongue

by Jessica Hein, Heather Holland, Carol Kauppi
 
From pen, brush, and tongue, girls and young women (ages 13-19) speak their truths, tell it like it is, and call for change. This collection of creative works is an exploration of young women's identities, self-expression and voice. Their voices are quirky and flirtatious, strong and adventurous, outraged and scared —and often are searching for truth. Taken

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From pen, brush, and tongue, girls and young women (ages 13-19) speak their truths, tell it like it is, and call for change. This collection of creative works is an exploration of young women's identities, self-expression and voice. Their voices are quirky and flirtatious, strong and adventurous, outraged and scared —and often are searching for truth. Taken collectively, the girls' pieces read like a whispered conversation between friends. The contributors want to tell other girls that they are not alone in what they're experiencing as they navigate adolescence. Each contributor invites you into a piece of her life.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Review of Materials Magazine
"girlSpoken contains the words and artwork of girls teetering on the brink between girlhood and adulthood. The contributors comment on the power of words and self-expression, and while they donít hold back in expressing pain and heartbreak, their message is ultimately hopeful. This book belongs where girls can pick it up and browse."
CM Magazine
"girlSpoken contains the words and artwork of girls teetering on the brink between girlhood and adulthood. The contributors comment on the power of words and self-expression, and while they donít hold back in expressing pain and heartbreak, their message is ultimately hopeful. This book belongs where girls can pick it up and browse."
School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

This collection of personal stories, poems, and art by young Canadian women is a true testament to the power of the arts in girls' lives. The selections give expression to teens' struggles and joys. The themes are universal: "voices: telling truths about ourselves and our girlhoods"; "beauty: rants & reflections on love, desire & the beauty beast"; "strength: speaking out about our struggles & calling for change"; and "becoming: tales of where we've been & visions of where we're going." Among the standouts are Kyra Shaughnessy's "Forget Me Not," a teen's musings on her place in the world, and Claire Heisler's haunting poem, "In My Head," which offers a glimpse of a young girl's image of self filtered through her mind's eye. Diana Biacora's "Open Letter," a powerful story of immigration, is a journey of self-acceptance and discovery. Especially poignant is Hannah Schultz-Durkacz's "when you're yourself," a letter to her former BFF. Anonymous's "Finding the Pieces" is a heartbreaking story of a young girl learning to trust after her birth mother gives up parental rights. The only weak spot is the artwork-the quality of the reproductions does not always do justice to the selections. This exploration of the up and downs of being female is sometimes raw but always real. It is sure to strike a chord with its intended audience.-Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897187302
Publisher:
Second Story Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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