What's Going on down There?: Answers to Questions Boys Find Hard to Ask

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Why is my voice making such weird sounds? When will I be able to start shaving? Why do I keep getting pimples? What is a wet dream?

Your body has been behaving very strangely lately. You hardly know what to expect from one day to the next. Karen Gravelle, with some help from her two young advisors, Nick and Chava Castro, has written a down-to-earth and practical book that will help guide you through this confusing time in your life. What's Going On Down There? answers any ...

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Overview

Why is my voice making such weird sounds? When will I be able to start shaving? Why do I keep getting pimples? What is a wet dream?

Your body has been behaving very strangely lately. You hardly know what to expect from one day to the next. Karen Gravelle, with some help from her two young advisors, Nick and Chava Castro, has written a down-to-earth and practical book that will help guide you through this confusing time in your life. What's Going On Down There? answers any questions you might have about puberty, from what it is and what it feels like, to what puberty is like for girls, to how to handle the sexual feelings you may be starting to experience. Robert Leighton's funny and informative cartoons ease the confusion and exasperation you might feel.

Part manual, part older brother, What's Going On Down There? will give you the facts you need to feel comfortable and confident about this new phase of your life.

Describes the physical and emotional changes that occur in boys (and, to a lesser extent, in girls) during puberty and discusses sexual activity, homosexuality, AIDS, and other related topics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802775405
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 80,197
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 7.29 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Gravelle is the author of Walker and Company's The Period Book and is the author of several other books about difficult issues facing today's adolescents. She lives in New York City.

Nick and Chava Castro are brothers who live and attend middle school in Los Angeles, California.

Robert Leighton is an illustrator and professional game designer who lives in New York City. This is his first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    I was impressed by this book and have recommneded it to the single mom of a boy I am mentoring. I think some of the negative reviews involve a confusion over terminology. No book should ever be the sole basis of a child's sex education. Every child needs a parent or other responsible adult or adults 'approved by parents' to dialog with through the turmoil of emerging sexuality. Parent/responsible adult dialog and example are the ONLY effective ways to communicate values. No book 'or school sex education program' can do that effectively. Parents who are offended by statements about boys being together learning masturbation have every right to tell their sons that is not acceptable behavior if they so choose, but they will do damage -- regardless of religious values -- if they leave their kids who might have done that to believe that the behavior was sick or pathological. You and I might prefer that God had designed our bodies so that sexual desire and reproductive funtion did not develop until kids are old enough to marry and support children. I'm not sure that you and I are competent to criticize God's design of the human body, but as it has been designed, boys need access to all of the information in this book not later than when they begin to experience puberty. Conservative Christian parents 'just like all parents' need to sxplain with graphic detail how to maintain the self discipline to keep sexual behavior within proper boundaries in a manner the accords with their values. Unfortunately resistance to communicating to children what they need to know to manage their sexuality in an appropriate and God-centered manner arises too frequently not from scriptural guidance but from parental discomfort with their own sexuality. This book is one valuable tool for parents with a wide spectrum of values. It does not stand alone as a substitute for human dialog, precept, and visible example as we guide children through emerging sexuality. Parents looking for a book that will do that are evading their personal responsibility. I liked the book because it presents accurate information in a way that kids will read it, laying the groundwork for parental dialog. I was also thought it was relevant to address why some of the negative reviews were based upon expectation that the book would do a job that is not appropriate for any book to do.

    17 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    Watch out, parents!

    This book quite disturbed this mother of three! The overall theme parallels the culture's view that sex is normal and 'okay' outside the confines of marriage. There is little mention of abstinence. There is a more overwhelming, deceptive push for kids to experiement with sex 'because it's fun and feels good.' It treats kids as though they're animals with no conscience to make the responsible choice to wait for marriage! Most disturbing are the suggestions in the chapters on STDs and birth control for children to visit clinics such as Planned Parenthood for counsel 'if they don't want to discuss this with their parents.' I am shocked that a book deliberately urges children to seek counsel in the very important area of sexuality from someone other than a parent and names a group that makes millions of dollars every year providing abortions. This is shameless! Sex outside of marriage results in broken bodies, minds and spirits. For books that discuss sex from God's perspective for 8-12 year olds, read Before I was Born and What's the Big Deal!

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Great For Teenagers!!!

    I have read this book and let me tell you it is great because it answers many question us teens think of but are scared to ask.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    A great realistic book for realistic parents and their children!

    The teachings of abstinence or safe sex or whatever YOU believe in as a parent are not up to the author to decide. She wrote a matter-of-fact manual that is dead on appropriate. The 'morals and values' part is up to the parent. Not all parents are naive enough to believe just because children are taught one way they will decide that an alternative isn't better for them personally. At least with this book, they are taught if they do decide not to wait for marriage they will be safe and healthy doing what feels right for them! I hope safe sex teachings don't go out the window because abstinence is the only way parent's are willing to teach. These are our valuable children here!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    Great book for boys!

    I thought this book was wonderful. I read it cover to cover before I gave it to my son. There was nothing in my copy relating to masturbation in front of a group as the previous poster mentioned. We are a conservative Christian home and I recommend this book for anyone who has a preteen son.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    Informative book, but definately for young ADULTS!

    I am an elementary counselor and purchased this book after parents approached me looking for books on boys and puberty. This is DEFINATELY not a book for young boys! It is a book for the more mature high school boy. It is very infomative and answers many of the questions that older boys have. However,it is definately not a book to just give your child, even high school aged child to just read on their own without any discussion. This book also discusses some topics that (although relevant to boys sexuality) I suspect many parents would find offensive.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005

    very impress

    I'm a single Mom raising a 13th. year old boy. My son and I are very close and he feels comfortable talking with me knowing I will be honest with him. As a Mother I order this book for him and was very impress with the Arthur. I like to know what my son is reading so of course I took it as a Mom to read what he will be reading, wow. The Arthur tell it like it is. My son has s learning disable, so we sitting down reading together as a family. This is very interesting and would recommend this book to any parent(s) with boy(s).

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Look here


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    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    TO ONE BELOW

    SHUT UP PALEASE IT GETS REALY ANYING WHEN YOU WRITE IDIEODIC REVIEWS SO please just be quiet and SHUT UP
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    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    Suggested by Planned Parenthood

    I just purchased this book to use in couples counseling with a couple who both have intellictual disabilities. While an abundance of literature and training programs exist about relationships and sexuality for people with Developmental Disabilites, not much is available to teach them about the workings of the body. I had contacted the local Planned Parenthood for information that I may be able to adapt to meet my patients' needs, and they had suggested this book. Although it is a little childish to be using with adults, it gives the information in a way that is easy for them to understand. I would recommend this book!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2007

    As a modern mother of 2 boys...

    I have not yet purchased this book, however, I will soon. As a single mother of 2 boys, I have found that it can be REALLY difficult to talk about the things that boys experience, and when I looked this book over at the store, I was really impressed.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Great for kids who started or prepare puberty

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    Excellent book

    I found this book very instructive and helpful. The support given for the complex feelings boys undergo when experiencing puberty is compassionate, and the message that further questions and concerns should be directed toward parents, doctors and other adults whom the boy trusts is very supportive of role models in the boy's life. I didn't find the mention of mutual masturbation as disturbing as the other reviewer did; rather it was objective, neither an endorsement nor a dismissal. I found the messages of sexual restraint and consideration wise without being conservative in a judgemental way.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Omg

    I love smosh thier sooo funny i watch all thier episodes!!!!!^_^

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Way helpful, thorough

    I bought this book because I thought it would help me help my autistic younger brother. And it did help because when something did hamppen, he came to me. Amd I kmew enough about it to help him( then tell my parents)!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    Beware!

    Although much of the information is age appropriate (10-14), I found the section regarding masturbation in front of peers to be very disturbing. Just got the book this morning and I'm sending it back!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2004

    NORMAL?

    While the technical information is written in a simple and comprehensive manner, Gravelle misses the boat on what in her opinion is 'normal' sexual behavior. She claims it is normal for boys to maturbate eachother and in front of eachother during puberty. She refrains to disclose the full consequences related to this behavior and other sexual acts. I originally bought this book for my son, but after reading it, and determining I would have to rip out half the pages, I decided I would be doing my son a great disservice by giving him the book.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    To to everybody

    Yes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Searchers blank?

    Make no sense will you tell me what masterbation is

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