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“The splashy, magazine-style layout, with lots of illustrations and sidebar activities, make this an attractive read for girls.”—Youth Today
“Junior and senior high girls, as well as their older sisters and mothers, will find it challenging and clarifying.”—Voice of Youth Advocates
“Powerful and positive message.”—Children’s Literature
“Informative and interactive.”—Chicago Tribune
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"The splashy, magazine-style layout, with lots of illustrations and sidebar activities, make this an attractive read for girls."
"Cleverly written and often powerful."
Free Spirit is known for quality books that inform and teach in really delightful ways. The format of this book is appealing; it is the size of a magazine like Teen Vogue, which will immediately give it visual appeal to readers. The main emphasis of the book, of course, is getting people to treat you with respect, which, naturally, must first come from within yourself. The reader learns how to determine how she wants to be treated and respected, and how to get people to react to her. One of the notable features of this book is that many stereotypes and myths get debunked. The issues of the day are covered: body image, family, friends, school, rumors. There is information about serious concerns such as date rape, sexual harassment, drugs and alcohol, and the authors offer practical ways to deal with them. This book gives the reader verbal weapons to manage these stressful years, and every library should own at least one copy. KLIATT Codes: JS*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Free Spirit, 228p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages 12 to 18.
It is tough being a teenage girl in today's world. They are faced with hard decisions and many girls do not know how to react. The authors of this book want to change that. Their purpose is to empower girls by teaching them self-respect. They tackle the issues that girls facegetting along with family, maintaining healthy relationships, and escaping abuse. Not only do they talk about the issues, they also teach the readers how to talk about them. Each chapter includes scripts and discussion starters to help girls speak up when they do not know what to say. Another great feature of this book is the extensive resource section that lists pages of websites that girls can go to for more information or to get help if they need it. Despite its powerful and positive message, it may not be the book for everyone. The authors do not say do not have sex, but treat it as a choice. This may upset some parents who have more traditional views on the subject. For the same reason, the book is more appropriate for high-school students than middle- school students, though some 12- and 13-year-olds may be ready for it. It is not a book to recommend to everyone, but many girls will find it helpful. Councilors and mentors will find this book particularly useful. 2005, Free Spirit, Ages 14 to 18.