Help!: A Girl's Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies (American Girl Library Series)

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When your parents split up, your world can turn upside down. In this third title in the Help! series, we answer girls' letters on every aspect of divorce, from the initial breakup to a parent's remarriage. The book includes tips, quizzes, and advice from girls who've been there.

Answers letters from girls dealing with various aspects of divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies. Includes tips, quizzes, and advice.

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1999 Trade paperback New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 128 p. Contains: Illustrations. American Girl Library (Paperback). Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Overview

When your parents split up, your world can turn upside down. In this third title in the Help! series, we answer girls' letters on every aspect of divorce, from the initial breakup to a parent's remarriage. The book includes tips, quizzes, and advice from girls who've been there.

Answers letters from girls dealing with various aspects of divorce, remarriage, and stepfamilies. Includes tips, quizzes, and advice.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Going through divorce is hard for everyone. Teenage girls might wonder: Will my parents still love me? How will I fit in? I'm scared and angry and hurt. This book is full of useful tips to help deal with real emotions and events and how to work through them. It explains the nitty gritty of divorce and how it is important not to take sides, but be able to express feelings in a positive way. It gives useful suggestions on how to deal with anger, talk with parents, move between two homes, relate to a person a parent is dating, and live with step families. Side bars give "Advice from Girls," letters that other teenage girls have written sharing their feelings and situations. For example Cheri writes, "To bring your spirits up about the divorce think about this: with two homes you get two birthdays, two Christmases, and two family trips!" The book ends with "A Girl's Bill of Rights" which include the right not to take sides or hear one parent criticize another and the right to express feelings and ask for help to deal with those feelings.
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Gr 4-8-This excellent self-help book draws on letters that have been sent to American Girl magazine over the years. The readable, general text includes advice from girls who have experienced parents' divorce, their dating and remarrying, and living with stepfamilies. In addition to offering words of encouragement to youngsters in these same situations, some of the letters pose questions or ask for help. This inquiry-and-response format and the inclusion of multiple-choice quizzes and peer input result in a reader-friendly nonfiction title. Yet there is plenty of solid information here. The upbeat and lively presentation stresses that divorce is never the child's fault and emphasizes that it is usually the best solution to the parents' problems. Plentiful full-color and black-and-white cartoons further enhance the book's appeal. Jane Hurwitz's Coping in a Blended Family (Rosen, 1997) includes a resource list of books, Web sites, newsletters, hot lines, and even a board game. Zoe, Evan, and Ellen Sue Stern's Divorce Is Not the End of the World (Tricycle, 1997), written by teenage siblings, takes a more in-depth approach. Nonetheless, Help! offers just that-help-and should be added to most collections.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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A down-to-earth, practical advice manual gleaned from readers' letters to American Girl, asking for advice about divorce. With "one out of every two marriages in America ends in divorce," readers are told that, if it happens in their families, the most important thing they can do is to "talk." Beginning with the split-up and explaining how divorce works, this guide discusses the problems: wishful thinking (that parents will reunite), the one girl/two homes tug-of-war, stepparents, and stepfamilies. Holyoke's tone is one of love and understanding—she validates the hurt and confusion while giving wise advice on how to deal with the pain and how then to move on. Interspersed with the text are quizzes (which, unfortunately for institutions, ask readers to "circle" and "check" their answers); the answers offer insight into all sorts of situations. A savvy, simple book that will become a must for some girls of divorcing parents. (further reading) (Nonfiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562477493
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: American Girl Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 7.03 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2002

    Excellent reading with you daughters

    I have found this book to help my daughter understand everything that is and has happening to her. She finds the book comforting when she reads it on her own and with me. I recommend this book to any girl whose parents are divorcing or already divorced....it helps understand everything and good reading for both if the child has questions for you!

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