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The Daring Book for Girls is the manual for everything that girls need to know—and that doesn't mean sewing buttonholes! Whether it's female heroes in history, secret note-passing skills, science projects, friendship bracelets, double dutch, cats cradle, the perfect cartwheel or the eternal mystery of what boys are thinking, this book has it all. But it's not just a guide...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Collins Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Amy
Every girl between the ages of about 8 and 14 should have this on her shelf. What other book contains a bio on Amelia Earhart, instructions on how to make peach pit rings and cat's cradle, the periodic table, and slumber party games? The ultimate guide for the 21st century girl because of its balance between erudition and fun, and the book most likely to be handed down to her daughter.

A note re: some of the other comments: if you read the portions of the book some others refer to as "supernatura...more
Jami Dwyer
It's a shame that the "For Boys" author decided to arbitrarily divvy up childhood fun by gender. I considered these as Christmas presents for a niece and a nephew, but perusing them in the store, I could not justify telling a girl that her job is to make friendship bracelets while her brother makes the model rockets. All the activities in both books looked fun, but one's quantity of X chromosomes really shouldn't factor into whether one enjoys skipping stones or not.
Connie
This book is more for parents who wish to take a trip down memory lane, back to the fun times in their childhood. But give it to a girl older than eight, it's going to be a huge disappointment. Not to mention slightly insulting.

Tag? Four Square? Double Dutch? Putting my hair up with a pencil? Snowballs? Really? That's daring? All these things have been done and is old news by the age of eight, at the most. The book sticks to much to the stereotypes for girls and talks down slightly to the reader...more
Amber
DID YOU KNOW...?
Before Julia Childs was a chef, she was a spy?

Scott
While the Dangerous Book for Boys truly was dangerous--it goes against the grain of popular wisdom on how boys should be--and indeed for boys--audaciously confirming that masculinity is okay for boys--the "daring" counterpart for girls is neither daring nor quintessentially feminine in the sense parallel to the zesty masculinity of the original. Instead, it tries too hard to be a girl's version of the original, seeming to go out of its way to show that girls can be both boys and girls too.

The p...more
Maren
I don't really expect Rebecca to pick up this book and do the activities herself, but right now, I love reading it and teaching her some of the things I missed as a kid and some of my favorite things. I also thought the authors did a good job collecting a large variety of activities, showing what a girl can do, and not telling a girl what they should do.

Now my job is to make sure Rebecca has enough free time to try out the things she wishes to do and is not over-scheduled with extracurricular a...more
Jessica
At first I thought I would love this book, since we love The Dangerous Book for boys. However, after looking at it further and seeing the sections on: Conjuring up the spirit of Bloody Mary, Palm reading, Levitation, and Summoning spirits... It will not be a book I will let me girls have and keep in my home. I don't know why they had to include this garbage.

I did like the idea of the book, and found something similar on the Bargain shelf at Barnes and Noble a couple weeks ago, that was reprinte...more
Kelly
Dec 31, 2007 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 4-5, Adults
Shelves: young-adult
Well this book has some very cool biographies about important women who have helped shape history, sandwiched between articles on the "History of Palm Reading" and "How to Frost a Cake." This eclectic mix won't appeal to most girls and might offend some. The text is written above the target audience level, making it appropriate for only confident readers in grades 4 & 5.

The text heavy articles wouldn't appeal to many of the students at my middle school, and I can't use it as a source for re...more
Caroline
this is a fun way to figure out something to do today its a good book and has a bunch of interesting things to read about. i recomend it to all girls who get bored during the day
Megan
I didn't "read" this per se. I went through the whole book and only read the chapters that interested me. It's a rather large book, so I think it would keep a young girl interested for a long period of time. It's a book she could refer to as she ages since the activities and articles vary in difficulty and age appropriateness. If I had a daughter I would definitely buy this for her bookshelf. It covers a wide variety of subjects and projects (sports, games, crafts, experiments, and stories). Her...more
Marissa Garcia
Girls are given a marvelous, widely varied manual on making their daring endeavors happen in this engaging non-fiction read. Learn everything from how to tie a sari, make daisy chains and ivy crowns, and about princesses today, to how to make a lemon-powered clock, change a tire, care for your softball glove, and what should be in every girl's toolbox. Giving the reigns to girls in deciding what unique mix of interests they choose to explore, this celebration of adventure and fun, technology fre...more
Imani
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Josie
I would have loved this book when I was growing up! But flicking through it as an adult, there are definitely bits that I can still appreciate. (Namely: how to change a tyre, ho ho. Wish I'd known that last week.) I think this is a book that will grow with a girl -- for example, the section on must see travel destinations features a few places that I want to see too (and plan to see, now that I am all grown up and earning!). I love how this book recommends Everest/the Himalayas as a cool place t...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Jul 18, 2011 Cheryl in CC NV rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Judy
I didn't read every word of this - after all I'm an adult with a disability and I won't be playing basketball or doing cartwheels any time soon. But I read enough to know that I would have loved this as a girl. What a variety of games, crafts, chants, tidbits from history & other courses, poems, a reading list, 'how-tos' for athletics, etc. etc.! Told with the voice of a favorite aunt. I recommend it as a gift to a girl age 7-10, as there's both stuff she can do now, and stuff she'll grow in...more
Daniel Bowman
Not just for girls. It focuses on females heroes, but I think most boys would love this book--so long as their friends don't see the title!
Amanda
Aug 29, 2008 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all females
As soon as I had a peek into this book I knew I had to own it. It's full of cool things that all girls should know, like how to put your hair up with a pencil; how to tie a sari; how to press flowers, whistle with two fingers, make a cloth-covered book, make a willow whistle and even stuff that isn't considered so girly like how to build a good campfire and make paper airplanes; clubhouses and forts, public speaking - this book has everything! It even has a section on boys and several on famous...more
Kara Forester
This book is perfect for girls of any age. I love having it on my bookshelf and I think it would be a great gift to any girl, or woman, young or old, who loves being a female and enjoys adventure!
Kimberly
This book receives the four star rating because, despite the authors' most detailed instructions, combined with my best efforts, I still cannot whistle with two fingers.
Annie
From how to make your own lemonade stand to, girl guide badges, everything a girl needs to know is in this book. I reccomend this essential to all girls any age!
Jensa
This came highly recommended from some friends...my daughter and I loved it! She may be a little young, but it'd be perfect for elementary aged girls.
Alison
I was interested after seeing the dangerous book for boys. This just wasn't as interesting. Maybe I'm just too much of a tom-boy.
Jaire Ann
I enjoy this book for what it is: a compilation of interesting things to read about or try to do. Some of the activities are for younger children (four square for example), but the sections of the book that I enjoyed the most were the instructional portions. The section on writing thank you notes I still find useful and I really enjoy reading some of the historical content, especially the biographies of important women, that the authors compiled. I also learned how to use a pencil to put up my h...more
Noor
It wasn't that bad, it's just that I expected better from it.
Nancy
I read a review of this book in a very old Reader's Digest magazine. I looked it up at our library, and downloaded it to my MP3 player. I wasn't sure what I expected. The first part of the book dealt with women in history, and I didn't think most of them were very good role models for girls. There were woman pirates, warriors, etc. There were games like Bloody Mary, and thoughts about where the game originated. The book is full of different games, and things a girl should know as she grows older...more
Alison
Not the most interesting thing to read when you're way out of the age range for which it was intended, but I might give this to my cousin when she gets a little older. Plus, there were a few instances where you could obviously tell the author was trying to empower girls to take over leadership positions and the like, as seen in chapters like "How To Negotiate" and "Parliamentary Rules For Clubs And Organizations" plus there were little bios of female rulers of the ancient world, and it was like,...more
Melissa Conner
Stumped on what to get your teenage niece for Christmas? Look no further. This is the perfect gift for any young girl…or any woman who has never really grown up.

The Daring Book for Girls, by Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, is jam-packed with information every girl needs, like how to change a tire, how to conquer public speaking, and even how to survive in the wilderness. This book can be read front to back or can be used as an easy go-to reference.

While it’s not the best reference book out...more
Trudy
I'm not sure if I can really call this "read" because I didn't read it. I suppose I should have read more about it before I even selected it as a "to-read" choice.

I only gave it 1 star because of the absolute disapointment I felt when I opened this book and saw what it was really about. Here is the first thing I read, "The publisher and authors acknowlege the inspiration of The Dangerouse Book for Boys for the concept and design for this book and are gratefurl to Conn and Hal Iggulden for their...more
Jeanette
The Daring Book for Girls is a guide to fun and adventure for pre-teen through early teen girls. Often this book sent me on a trip down memory lane to my own childhood. All the versions of tag, slumber party games, sleep outs in the backyard and roller skating, amongst many other things, reminded me of all the fun things I did as a young girl.
When I first started reading I was marking all the things I liked with sticky notes. It did not take me long to realize that I was going to burn through a...more
Lisa
From the first paragraph of the introduction, I was sucked in.

Being almost 30 and a mother of two, my childhood seems so far away, and yet still so close. As I turned the pages of this book, I found myself reliving the girlhood I had left behind. I was taken back to the days of exploring, playing Chinese jump rope, making friendship bracelets, and of course, slumber parties.

I could picture myself back in the fifth grade out on the foursquare court playing with my friends, or how terrified I wa...more
Amber
This book is a guide for girls, it includes, how to play basketball, how to play card, information about women in the past who has made great accomplishments and the list goes on. Basically this book has everything a girl would need.

The reason why I picked this book started way back when we were doing the four literary elements. There was this video on Irony by WhatYouOughtToKnow, I liked him and started watching his videos. I came across a video by him called 'The Dangerous Book For Boys' and w...more
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Andrea J. Buchanan is a New York Times bestselling writer whose newest book is the young adult novel GIFT. Her work includes The Daring Book For Girls, Mother Shock, and six other books. Both GIFT and the digital short-story WAKING UP have free, downloadable, playable Minecraft maps based on the stories. Before becoming a writer, Andi was a classical pianist; she studied at the Boston Conservatory...more
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