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Summary: What girl doesn’t like to keep a diary? With Journal Buddies, we are given a tool to help us start writing about our thoughts, feelings, and actions every day. Girls are encouraged to do this together as a way to positively reinforce their beliefs in themselves. This is a guided journal for teens.
Type of Reading: independent reading, interactive reading, remedial reader, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 to 13
Young Reader Reaction: What I really liked about the book is the emphasis on "feeling good about yourself." The book has uplifting quotes, daily focus words, and questions to think about. These kinds of positives are good at our age. At the beginning readers are instructed to pick a buddy to write with each day. I like this idea because it’s good to find great qualities in others and tell them. I love hearing nice comments about myself and then I want to be even better. The journal is for 30 days and the end also offers rewards, but not the end of the story. After working with one or more buddies for a month recording your everyday actions, you’ll want to buy another journal and keep going. This is a wonderfully simple, yet powerful book that will help every young lady know herself better. I say, girls, go buy it!
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a wonderful resource. It may be something that mothers and daughters or sisters want to do together, too. In a world where kids are bombarded by so many influences, it's nice to know there is a product that can help them sort through it at their pace and get "grounded," either by themselves or with a friend.
Pros: This is perfect reading for all teen girls. By offering guidance and prompting self-discovery with questions, readers are not overwhelmed with the idea of being a writer. This is excellent for engaging reluctant and remedial readers ... and good for their self-esteem, too.
Cons: At thirty days, the girls are hooked and ready for more.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This isn't a book you're likely to find in the library. It is something that teens will return to even after they've filled the book.