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. Volume XVI Number 27. . . .March 19, 2010
Anne Katz's first book for young adults prepares girls for the changes that attend puberty. Starting with the physical changes that come with breast development and menstruation, the author then segues into information about emotional and mental changes that result in mood swings and first crushes. Decision making and communication skills are incorporated into the sections dealing with peer pressure and cliques, and tips on personal safety and hygiene are listed in the final chapters on keeping the body and mind healthy. While there are examples of difficult situations and unexpected surprises girls may encounter during puberty, the tone of this book is positive and friendly.
Girls are entering puberty at a young age, and this reality is reflected in the information presented in Girl in the Know. Although the book contains a wide range of information on puberty, (including short paragraphs on masturbation and sexuality), there is no information on topics such as birth control or pregnancy, and little mention of sex or sexually transmitted diseases.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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