Parents' Guide to

33 Things Every Girl Should Know

By Tanya Smith, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poems, stories, and comics about being a girl.

Book Tonya Bolden Advice 1998
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Designed to help girls navigate the transition from kid to young adult, the book employs a mostly feel-good tone. "Move!" "Get a Game Plan!" and "Ride the Waves!" are a few of the entry titles that signal the essentially upbeat tone of this "collection of girl talk." The contributors sympathize and exhort, challenge and soothe, as they examine the joys and obstacles of growing up female. Most reinforce a positive "I'm okay, you're okay" philosophy.

Finding the entry you want can be difficult; in many cases, actual titles of contributions, according to the subjects' biographies, are different than those given in the table of contents. Disappointingly, some of the contributor's biographies are more interesting than their entries. But teenagers will appreciate the book's respectful tone and the fact that it doesn't talk down to them. This is a well-intentioned, reassuring book for girls growing up.

Book Details

  • Author: Tonya Bolden
  • Genre: Advice
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: January 1, 1998
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 159
  • Available on: Paperback
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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