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Summary: This book teaches girls to believe in themselves. It also teaches them that they can do anything if they put their mind to it. This is a guided story to offer girls advice about growing up in today's world
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 13; read yourself: 10 to 13
Interest Level: 9 and up
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl at Northumberland Elementary School (Heathsville, Virginia)
Young Reader Reaction: This is a great book for girls, because it makes you feel good about yourself.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a page turner of a different order. Whether it's a bad day, or just one of those moments you want to dive into some "me" time, the material in this book offers young girls food for thought and some of the advice parents offer but gets dismissed. Besides, life goes down smoother as a poem!).
Pros: This is a book that will help young girls feel good about themselves.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. Our student reviewer says "borrow," our parent reviewer says "buy." This is a book pre-teen girls can enjoy themselves, or share with Mom (or a special adult female).
Educational Themes: This is a self-guided tour of growing up. Whatever the dilemma, whatever the mood, this book puts good advice in the hands of teens. Whether they read it independently, in a book club, or in a social group (e.g., Boys and Girls Club), they will walk away having learned about themselves!
Notes: There is also a Spanish edition of this book
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - middle grade, personal growth, guidebook