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message 1: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (sawinkler) | 45 comments I know this is a very niche request, but do any of you know of any books written for tween (man, I hate that word. it just smacks of a "marketing category) girls with the purpose of helping them navigate those years? Topics like girl bullying (which I guess is probably more mental), self-esteem development, that type of stuff?

Any leads are appreciated. I'd ask my wife (shameless plug: Peggy Kern) to write them, but she's a little busy growing my future tween girl.

message 2: by Summer (new)

Summer | 49 comments This probably isn't any help since I haven't read much adolescent self-help, but Stargirl promotes a positive, it's okay to be different ideal. (Though it has a bit of a romance, you may not want that). I would ask your librarian.

message 3: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2097 comments Mod
Stephen, I know that the Beacon Street Girls series was designed specifically to address issues like that in a way that also appeals to girls in a fun way. My oldest daughter (10) has the first book in the series, but hasn't read it yet.

message 4: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (sawinkler) | 45 comments Thanks ann and summer. I'll check out those suggestions.

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When I was a tween (xx) years ago, I loved loved loved Judy Blume's books. I don't know how they would hold up today but they might be worth looking into.

message 6: by Dottie (new)

Dottie (dottiem) | 71 comments A back up recommendation for the Beacon Street Girls series - I have had a couple grand daughters go through the entire series. They not only address some of the issues but are fun to read.

Dottie M.

message 7: by Stephen (last edited Apr 09, 2009 10:54AM) (new)

Stephen (sawinkler) | 45 comments Ah, yes, good old Judy. Wonder is "Are you there, God.." stands the test of time? I still remember that book as being somewhat controversial in my 6th grade world, but forget why.

Will add it to the list along with the Beacon St Girls. Thanks for adding your vote of confidence, Dottie.

message 8: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2097 comments Mod
Yes, Judy Blume most definitely stands the test of time. Reading Are You There God... now with my 10 year old, a chapter at a time, and every time we read it, I praise Saint Judy for taking some of the pressure off of me.

The "controversy" you may remember is that the book openly discusses menstruation -- that was radical back then and was responsible for the book being passed around from girl to girl when I was in 5th grade. I like to think that it made some of the kids into readers.

message 9: by Sandi (new)

Sandi (sandikal) | 89 comments Don't forget the classics:

Little Women
Little House on the Prairie
Anne of Green Gables
A Wrinkle in Time

All of these have very strong female characters and girls absolutely love them. That's why they've withstood the test of time.

message 10: by Carla (new)

Carla  (carlathompson) | 42 comments Hey Y'all, my husband is a middle school teacher, I shot the school librarian a note on this topic. She came back with the following links, also a mother/daughter reading group. Hope this helps.
Library Reading Lists

message 11: by Stephen (new)

Stephen (sawinkler) | 45 comments I love this group. Thanks all!

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