A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles (American Girl Library)

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From backstabbing to bullying to just being left out, here's advice for girls about a whole host of friendship problems. How do you speak up for yourself when you're worried about hurting your friend's feelings? What if your best friend leaves you for the more popular crowd? What do you do when your friend the "rule setter" decides you're not cool anymore? When- and how- do you get your parents involved without making things worse? Tips, quizzes, and real life stories about girls who've solved their friendship ...
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From backstabbing to bullying to just being left out, here's advice for girls about a whole host of friendship problems. How do you speak up for yourself when you're worried about hurting your friend's feelings? What if your best friend leaves you for the more popular crowd? What do you do when your friend the "rule setter" decides you're not cool anymore? When- and how- do you get your parents involved without making things worse? Tips, quizzes, and real life stories about girls who've solved their friendship problems round out this timely advice book.
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Learning how to handle friend problems has never been easier than with this straightforward guide from the creators of A Smart Girl's Guide to Boys and Yikes!: A Smart Girl's Guide to Surviving Tricky, Icky, Sticky Situations. In several chapters like "Friendship Hot Spots" and "Bullies and Rule Setters," this helpful, quick-reference tool challenges girls to examine their friends while advising them how to work out troubles and keep the peace. Themed sections like "Jealousy" and "Betrayal" will help girls identify and be thoughtful about their emotions, while several "Friendship Files" throughout the book present fictional scenarios that will help readers spot similarities to their own friends. With bright pictures, quizzes, and writing exercises, this stellar self-help book will help manage those precious friendships while giving girls the confidence to be open and honest with themselves, too. Shana Taylor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584857112
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: American Girl Series
  • Pages: 87
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

All about friends 6
What makes a great friend?
Quiz true friend test
Friendship file Lydia
Respect
Friendship hot spots 16
Best friends?
Left out
Friendship file Jasmine
Jealousy
Tough stuff
Working it out 28
Quiz do you speak up?
The big picture
Decision time
Talk it out
More talking tips
When you lose it
Fight over?
Betrayal 44
The on-again, off-again friend
Friendship file Jenna
The loose-lipped friend
The backstabber
Quiz are you in a toxic friendship?
Time to go?
Bullies & rule setters 58
The whole popularity thing
Friendship file Brenna
Just ignore her!
Clever comebacks
Talking to your parents
Friends being cruel to others
Quiz could You be a bully?
All about you 74
Quiz how much are you being swayed by the crowd?
Friendship file Janie
Feeling good about yourself
Quick fixes
Not-so-quick fixes
Friends forever?
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2005

    REALLY HELPFUL (FROM A MOM)!

    Finally some help with 'friend' problems that provides real problem-solving ideas and examples from real girls! Very nice little quizzes, questions and stories. Also very helpful for discussion with siblings. I recommend to ages 9-12 and think EVERY girl should read it to become a better friend or figure out why she is having problems with them.

    40 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    My 7th grader found this helpful...

    She was going through some tough times in middle school, and this book helped her to think through her problems with peers. I want her to re-read parts of it again because the advise is useful. Thanks to the author for writing it.

    While your son or daughter reads, I would also recommend reading the book in my recommended list below. It will help you to stay calm during the middle school years & will keep you focused on what is important (Power of Inner Guidance by Garcy).

    24 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2011

    Great for tweens.

    I am a School Counselor and I use this book for small group counseling of 3-5th grade girls. I get a lot of visits to my office about friendship troubles and the girls really enjoy reading and discussing the content of the book. They are learning new skills which will benefit them for a lifetime. I would even use this for middle schoolers as well. I wished someone had given me this book when I was their age.

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Good for my 10 year old but it hasn't hit her yet!

    My ten year old enjoyed it somewhat except that she had to read it out loud to me for practice! She knew most of it and chose some parts to explain what happened to her in real life. Any book that deals with real life, everyday happenings in a kid's world is good with me!

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    A good book for young girls

    This book helped get a dialogue going with my daughter about bullying and friendship troubles which can be prevalant at her age (9)

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Very helpful!

    So to those people that said that this book is a waste of money, they are completely wrong. This book gives not just advice on friends, it gives advice on life and people. To the people that said, "It said to punch my friends in the nose!" or "If a friends likes the same guy you do you should poison in her food!" they are so wrong. I've read this book over a hundred times and practically memorized it and it does not say anything close to those things. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT PEOPLE!!! Anyway, this book was really helpful. I recommend getting it for ages 10 and up, because that is when real friendship troubles begin. It's a great book, you should get it, you will learn a lot just like I did!

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Helped

    This book helps a lot!!!
    It helped through fights with my friends and the mean things other girls say about you!! Must have for every girl!!!

    15 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

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    Awesome

    Words can not express the comfort I have found in this book. It addresses issues that little girls do not want to talk about with adults. Once they have read this book they find it easier to talk with their parents.
    In fact all of this series has been wonderful. I am glad I found it.
    Thank you!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2008

    A reviewer

    I have enjoyed every single American Girl book I read. They are all so helpful in ddealing with problems. In this book, I really enjoyed how they had friendship files stories about other girls who went through different friendship criseses. It makes you feel like you're not alone in the world and there are lots of girls who are going through problems with friends too. Parents: PLEASE give this book to your daughter if she is going through jealosy, popularity, bullying, on-again-off-again-friends, and other problems. Everythings is explained gently but clearly.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2008

    This book's a helper!

    OMG...this book was very good. It helped me with a lot of issues that went on with my friends..when I was done with it, it brought me closer to my friends, and thats a good thing!

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Enlightening

    My daughter found this book very enlightening and helpful. She was able to relate to the situations presented and also able to look at the situation objectively. The book gave her options on how to handle different situations that might come up at school with her classmates. We will definitely reread this book during the summer.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Good

    I would recommnd this book to all girls because it helps you understand the real meening of friendship READ THIS BOOK it is so GOOD

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2006

    Narly

    This book was very helpful for me. This is because I moved ,and it's usaully hard to make new pals.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2005

    Read the book better adults!!!

    Mary-Kathryn and Ulana,read this awesome book better!!!the thing about punching your friend and poisoning her was in a QUIZ!to see what kind of person you are!!!LOL(laugh out loud)aren't you supposed to get SMARTER as you get older!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    worthless

    This book is a complete waste of time and money! I spent money on this terrible book! It says,' If your friend is angry with you, you must punch them in the nose.' As a parent, I highly disagree! My daughter Julia got this book as a present from her friend, and I just returned it to the store for a different book. It was worth the exchange. Trust me, this book is horrible!

    6 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    One of a kind excellent book!

    Believe it or not i've read many American Girl Library books but none exactly were as good as this one. I've actually had a couple of friendship problems at school but i didn't have this book until i got out of school for summer vacation. I will definately turn to this book next year if i really need to. THANKS AMERICAN GIRL!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    My daughter loved this book!

    My daughter had been experiencing some difficulties towards the end of the school year with some bullying girls. This book was right on target and gave us some good practical ideas we can try this summer! It really made my daughter realize she was not alone.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Great

    I think that this is a good book and like all of the others books from american girl, this book helped me with my trouble with a friend in a way that i could resolve the problem without any fights or major work

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    This book is helpful

    I was staisfied with this book. It's not like it's one of my favorites but, it is very easy to follow and has simple answers to your friendship troubles. Sometimes when I'm in a fight with one of my friend I'll look through the book to find a way to approach my friend and fix the problem.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    Completely Satisfied

    Yes, it's a good book. It's worth your money. It's not like you HAVE to have it, but I would highly recommend it. It's simple and gets straight to the point. It's not a 500-page novel on how to be someone's friend. It has helpful hints and tips how to solve quarrels between friends. I recommend it for all ages.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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