How to Stay Healthy, Safe and in Chargeby Mavis Jukes, Debbie Tilley (Illustrator)
The highly acclaimed girls' guide to adolescence by a Newbery Honor-winning author is now available in a rack-sized paperback edition. Reviewers were unanimous in their praise for this useful and important book.
Combining her own and friends' reminiscences with current research, Jukes discusses a wide variety of subjects from buying a bra to sexual harassment and abuse. In a warm, conversational style, she covers body changes in both boys and girls, menstruation, general health, drinking and drugs, sexual feelings, pregnancy, contraceptives, and sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS. The text is sometimes humorous, but always conveys caring, respect, and concern. Illustrations consist of only a few small cartoons. Several styles of type are used to vary the look of the pages. The list for further reading offers good suggestions. Written for the same audience as Karen and Jennifer Gravelle's The Period Book (Walker, 1996), Jukes's book shares the same scope of coverage as Lynda Madaras's What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls (Newmarket, 1987) and Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman's The New Teenage Body Book (Berkley, 1992). A fine and thoughtful effort.
-- Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
-- Ms. Magazine
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Meet the Author
* Mavis Jukes is the award-winning author of several books for children and teenagers, including the Newbery Honor Book Like Jake and Me . Her other titles include No One is Going to Nashville , Blackberries in the Dark , Getting Even , Wild Iris Bloom , and I'll See You in My Dreams .
* Mavis taught school for several years -- and was a lawyer -- before becoming a children's book writer.
* She volunteers as an attorney in the area of juvenile defense and is presently a language arts specialist in a public elementary school.
* She lives with her husband, the artist Robert Hudson, and their teenage daughters in Sonoma County, California.
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THIS BOOK IS VERY GOOD WHEN GIRLS ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE SEX THEY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT WILL HAVING SEX WHAT IS AN ORGASIM AND HOW DOES IT FILL LIKE IT GETS THEM MORE OPEN WIDE TOWARD IT'S SEXUAL PARTHNER...