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33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women

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Natalie Merchant. Sigourney Weaver. Tabitha Soren. Wendy Wasserstein. Rebecca Lobo. Lauren Hutton. Anita Roddick. Lynda Barry. These are among the thirty-three extraordinary women who lend their diverse voices to this outstanding collection of stories, songs, poems, comics, and essays that will give every adolescent girl reason to feel hopeful about making the transition f ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 17th 1998 by Yearling
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Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some excellent essays and poems in this collection. Much of it is emotionally enriching and can help a girl or young adult to have more confidence in herself and in becoming a unique individual. There are a couple of essays about women coming out as homosexual and encouraging others to see their choices as normal and acceptable.
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This is a compilation of essays, comics, poems, and short stories that are supposed to be inspirational and build self-esteem in middle-school girls and older. I think it probably would have seemed cool to girls reading it back in 1998 when it was published, but it is dated now. My girls (age 12 and 16) have never heard of any of the women mentioned in the book and one of the comics does a Madonna parody that would go completely over their heads. The best part of the book was the short stories t ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a compilation of essays, songs, and poems written to promote middle school girls' self-esteem. There are a couple of essays that are written about and by gay girls/women trying to make others realize that there choice is their business, and to not judge them because of their choice. It did not make me go out and do the things that they did, though.
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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This is a small collection of essays (and a couple of comics) geared for teaching young girls self-esteem and that the sky is the limit when it comes to achieving dreams and doing amazing things with their lives.

I liked it a lot and it's something I would like my daughter to see around age 10 or 11.
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book contains pearls of wisdom, even for a reader who is at least ten years older than the target age. There may be some conflicting views, but most contributors believe that a girl should work hard, enjoy books, and be content being alone sometimes.

The book has the right mixture of fictional stories and more how-to pieces. Too bad there aren't such collections for older readers.
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Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
best girl stories, poems, smart talk etc..really awesome as you unearth other girls' lives and how they survive and its all about how women and girls lived or live and come to overcome temptations of girlhood in their teens. Great smart talk in the book too. Very thin and small but very big!!!!A must-read for both girls, even boys too!!!!!
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed "The Crooked Path Has Its Dividends", "Some Solitude is Good", "The Wider Your Tires, The Better", "Prejudice Isn't Pretty" and "Eleven (is more than ten plus one)"
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Author and publisher Tonya Wilyce Bolden was born on March 1, 1959, in New York City to Georgia Bolden, a homemaker, and Willie Bolden, a garment center shipping manager. Bolden grew up in Harlem in a musical family and loved to read; she attended Public M.E.S. 146, an elementary school in Manhattan, and then graduated from the Chapin School, a private secondary school, in Manhattan in 1976. Bolde ...more
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