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Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World
     

Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World

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by Christine Fonseca
 

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Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard. Very hard. But not if you have a great guide! "The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World" is a must read for girls in grades 6-8 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women, "The Girl Guide" covers

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Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard. Very hard. But not if you have a great guide! "The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World" is a must read for girls in grades 6-8 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women, "The Girl Guide" covers everything a teenage girl needs to know on the journey toward her own identity. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, confronting relational aggression, being safe online, navigating the changing mother-daughter relationship, and more make this the ultimate guide for any girl to get through the teen years and discover her unique point of view in the world.

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"The Girl Guide is an easy-to-read, profound book that allows teenagers to understand it's the world that is different, not the teenager. I'm picky about the type of books that I introduce to my kids and I must say, this is one of the superior ones." - A Reader's Refuge

"For those parents, librarians, teachers and counselors who have teens that are struggling to find their own identity, or even that enjoy getting to know themselves better. Definitely a delicious pick!!" - Novel Nutritious

"I really appreciate how THE GIRL GUIDE breaks everything down, giving girls the tools to make mature decisions based on what they truly think, know and feel, rather than on impulses that come up in the heat of a moment." - Working Moms Against Guilt

"Sporting a sassy, appealing cover, The Girl Guide elbows its way into the already-crowded market of self-help and self-esteem-building books. There's a bit of genius at play here as the author gives the gift of time to her readers-time to reflection and for de-stressing through the act of creating. " - School Library Journal

" The page designs are interesting and have teen appeal, while the interactive activities make this book accessible and one that teens can share with their friends. Overall, the contents and quotes support the purpose of this book, and its is an upbeat look at the challenges that face teens growing up today. Schools, libraries, and clubs that serve middle school girls in particular may find this book a useful reference guide. " - VOYA

VOYA - Maia Raynor
The Girl Guide is an excellent debut filled with worksheets, quizzes, and real life situations. Though sometimes didactic, it gives helpful advice about how to set reasonable goals. It also addresses the large role that social media plays in girls' lives, and offers sensible ways to monitor use of time spent online. For girls going through the hectic stages of adolescence, The Girl Guide is a great advisor on the journey toward discovering one's voice. 4Q, 3P. Reviewer: Maia Raynor, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Deena Viviani
The Girl Guide's focus is on helping tween and teen girls discover who they are, what is important to them, and who they want to be. With realistic scenarios and modern references to technology, this book is in touch with today's young adults. The author puts a large emphasis on digital safety and expression, from using Pinterest to texting, and bluntly but gently explains how nothing is ever private once it is posted or sent digitally. The guide also offers readers quizzes and worksheets to help them on their journeys to self-discovery. While this is not a book to read start to finish in one sitting, teens may find it useful as a reference guide or tool to work on throughout the year. The page designs are interesting and have teen appeal, while the interactive activities make this book accessible and one that teens can share with their friends. Overall, the contents and quotes support the purpose of this book, and it is an upbeat look at the challenges that face teens growing up today. Schools, libraries, and clubs that serve middle school girls in particular may find this book a useful reference guide. Reviewer: Deena Viviani
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Sporting a sassy, appealing cover, The Girl Guide elbows its way into the already-crowded market of self-help and self-esteem-building books. Seventeen chapters are grouped into five distinct sections beginning with "The Journey Begins" and ending with "Putting It All into Practice." Boxes of information that rarely exceed a page are the norm and they are often broken up with quotes from real teens and worksheet pages, or, "What Would You Do?" write-in sections, activity pages, and listings of tools for maintaining an emotionally healthy outlook. Fonseca's text rolls the fun of scrapbooking and taking fashion magazine self-assessments together with common sense advice and nearly tough love dispensed by a life coach. She repeatedly suggests that readers journal or draw or clip images from magazines and paste them on a "dream poster" that can serve as a physical reminder. There's a bit of genius at play here as the author gives the gift of time to her readers-time for reflection and for de-stressing through the act of creating. Teens should not rush through this book. No quick fixes are offered, just reasonable suggestions for maintaining true north through the turbulent teen years.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781618211200
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
175
Sales rank:
1,136,077
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Christine Fonseca is a school psychologist and award-winning author of nonfiction and teen novels dedicated to helping children and adults find their unique voice in the world, including the books "Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students," "The Girl Guide," and "Quiet Kids." When she isn't crafting new stories or working with student groups, she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her local coffee house.

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The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
princess_sara More than 1 year ago
A big Thank You to Prufrock Press and NetGalley for giving me an ARC for a completely honest review. When I heard about this new book by Christine Fonseca I was right away intrigued. Being a mother of 3 girls, and one of them just turning 12, had me wanting to find out more. As a mother it is important to me to help my daughters feel important, and to try to give them the tools that can help them become better women in the future, and to grow up making wise choices. And as a mom sometimes I need help with this teaching business. After reading the description I decided to request an ARC to see if it was right for my girls, and could also be a tool to help me. And what I discovered is a great guideline that Christine has written for growing girls, and a help to parents. The Girl Guide offers advice, guides, quizzes, exercises, worksheets, and goals to work on the help young girls make wise choices. There is help and advice for working out problems with friends and school. There are exercises and charts to fill out and make to help realize goals in life and what you can do to make them come true. It is a great book on helping teen girls find their own voice. And it has great quotes of wisdom spread throughout. Some of my favorite things were when it explains how to make a Dream Poster. I think this is a great idea for everyone. Writing out your dreams and posting up pictures can help kids stay on track. And it is great idea to have it displayed as a reminder everyday. Another topic I loved was the explanation of rules. I have found it hard to get my pre-teen to understand that a lot of rules are for her safety, and this was explained very well for younger people to hopefully understand. My most favorite idea in the book was keeping a gratitude journal. In a world that is becoming so negative and hard to survive in, I believe this is a great idea for everybody. I plan on getting all of my children a little notebook just for this that they can write a few things they are grateful for in it everyday. Hopefully this will make my family's lives more positive. I found this book a great tool and plan on buying it for my daughter as soon as it is published.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Prufrock Press and the author, Christine Fonseca, for providing me with and ARC of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free in no way influenced my opinion or review. Before I get down to the nitty gritty, I can honestly tell you that I am not usually much of a non-fiction reader. I rather enjoy reading to get me out of reality. But, given the opportunity to review something for Christine Fonseca, I could not pass it up because I love her writing and I knew that I would enjoy the theme of this book. And enjoy I did! I also want to mention how much I love this cover. When Christine was searching for a cover, she asked a few of use to look at some designs and vote on which one we liked best. This cover is actually the one I picked! I love the message the t-shirt sends! Despite the fact that I am not a young teenage girl, the basic underlying theme of this book rings true to any woman of any age: be true to yourself, find what fits for you and use that to your advantage. Who couldn't like a book that aims to help people find their true selves? And Christine does not say this will be easy, in fact, she constantly reminds the reader that they need to dig deep within themselves to examine how to find themselves. So the guide helps girls see that life is not perfect, and that's ok. But it can turn out just as they want it if they find their true path. And the way in which Fonseca goes about it is great. Each chapter gives the reader an opportunity to put their new found life skill to work. She integrates exercises that truly help a person get down to their basic understanding of themselves. I love the fact that the entire book really relies on the reader taking on projects to lay their life out before them: journals, posters, flashcards, quizzes, short stories from women young and older, and quotes that get your mind turning. Fonseca asks the reader to do whatever it takes to help them really be in control of who they are and how they find their true selves. She lays out great strategies to help young teens deal with stress, friendship, parents, school work and so much more.  If I had young girls, which I don't, I would grab this book right off the shelf and ask them to give it a try. As a matter of fact, I have three friends with daughters who would greatly benefit from reading this book, and they have agreed to do so! This is not just a book, it's a journey into the self that utilizes unique ideas to help young girls find their own unique self. I wish I had had a book like this when I was growing up. Excellent job Christine! 5/5 Stars
MichelleMcLean More than 1 year ago
Ms. Fonseca has done it again! In The Girl Guide, Ms. Fonseca brings all her expertise to the forefront to help girls navigate through the insane teenage years. I really wish I’d had a book like this to help me both find myself and find my path in life when I was growing up. I think a lot of painful mistakes and bad decisions might have been averted had I been a little more aware of who I was and who I wanted to be. And this book will help girls do just that. It’s easy to understand, professional and relevant without being preachy, and really delves into the situations and emotions that girls out there are experiencing. If you are a girl struggling to find your way in a crazy, mixed up world, or if you are the parent of a girl who could use a little guidance, I highly recommend this book.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
"The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed Up World" by Christine Fonseca, is a book that combines tips for loving yourself for who YOU are, and simple activities that help discover your personality. These activities can range from real life scenarios, to something as easy as a checklist. As you move through each chapter and activity, you seem to discover and learn something new about yourself. However, as the title suggests, I recommend this to girls, around the ages of 9 to at the most 15 or 16. Although this is the age range I came up with, it really depends on each person. If one teenager lacks the confidence she needs in her life, it would be more important to read this book compared to a happy, self-satisfied 11 year-old. I enjoyed reading the chapters, as they have given me quite useful tips. The activities are enjoyable and fun, and help you get a better understanding of yourself. Review by Young Mensan Agnes C., age 13, North Texas Mensa