Boys Know it All: Wise Thoughts and Wacky Ideas from Guys Just Like You

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Michelle Roehm, Michelle Roehm McCann
Beyond Words, 1998 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 162 pages
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The success of the book Girls Know Best focused a lot of attention on the young writers who contributed to it as well as to the topic of girls' self-expression. Now here is a similar book for boys, who feel that they know something too! Boys Know It All, a book that is fun to read and was written by 20 boys ages 6 to 16, tackles serious and not-so-serious issues about growing up male in America.

Stereotypes and the pressure to conform can smother young boys' creativity and leave their fresh, original ideas unheard. It is the goal of this book to offer helpful advice for tough situations and unique ideas for filling free time creatively so that readers will be encouraged to be themselves and be stimulated to try new things. Chapters were selected from the entries in a "Boy Writer Contest". and the language throughout is fresh, honest, and inspirational.

Divided into sections on "Advice" and "Activities", selections include:
-- New Kid Syndrome, on the hardships of moving
-- Doing Your Part to Protect Our Environment
-- Sportsmanship
-- Jokes to Tell and Pass On
-- Dealing with Peer Pressure, Drugs, and Alcohol

In addition, the boys give advice on making friends, getting out of bad situations, and expressing one's individuality. They also present ideas for activities to do alone or with friends, such as ways to make money, inventing one's own family traditions, raising a pet, and cooking fun food. There is something in Boys Know It All for every boy to learn from and enjoy.

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