Girl Stuff: A Survival Guide to Growing Up

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Harcourt, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 170 pages
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Girls approaching puberty face lots of confusion and have lots of questions. What should they do if their period starts and they aren't prepared? Is there a safe way to pop a zit? Why do some of their friends have breasts and they don't? How do they shop for their first bra? Why do they sometimes feel so cranky -- and scared?

This comprehensive, reassuring, and compassionate guide to puberty and the changes that adolescence brings will help answer all the questions a girl might have. Divided into useful sections that cover the how and what of both physical and psychological changes and how to deal with them, this book is essential to any girl's bookshelf. Written in a direct, no-nonsense voice and with additional features like sidebar quotes from girls about their own experiences, humorous and informative illustrations, and a contemporary design meant to appeal to readers of teen magazines, this is a one-stop resource for information about the trials and tribulations of adolescence. And it will serve as the perfect stepping stone to Our Bodies, Ourselves.

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User Review  - groovymamma - LibraryThing

Great resource for the older tweens, chock full of crucial information like the changes taking place outside (acne, breasts, pubic hair), inside (menstruation, sanitary options, toxic shock syndrome ... Read full review


User Review  - Booklover10123 - Borders

I am a Mom with an eleven year old daughter, and I got this book for her eleventh birthday. It is a great guide to growing up and she learned a lot from it. This book is perfect for pre-teen girls ... Read full review


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Margaret Blackstone was a competitive figure skater until she was fourteen, but she never did land a triple flip. Ms. Blackstone is the author of "This Is Baseball," illustrated by John O' Brien, which was named an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists." She lives in New York City with her son.
John O' Brien is the illustrator of "This Is Baseball" by Margaret Blackstone, and many other books for children. Mr. O'Brien's cartoons are regularly featured in The New Yorker. He lives in Delran, New Jersey.

Elissa Haden Guest has written ten books about Iris and Walter. She lives in San Francisco, California. Visit her website at

Barbara Pollak is an illustrator, animator, and writer who specializes in children and teen markets. She has created illustrations for Girls' Life, Scholastic, and Rodale Press. Recently she illustrated the popular book "Girl Stuff" for Harcourt Brace and the preteen fiction series "Dish".

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