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Grade 8 Up A monumental, encyclopedic discussion of sexual and emotional change during the teen years, this book is a revision of an earlier edition which did not discuss the AIDS epidemic. Clearly written by the authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves (S. & S., 1976), it is illustrated with relevant cartoons, photographs, diagrams, and line drawings. Dozens of teenagers themselves were interviewed and are quoted in this book. This comprehensive book includes discussion of sexual technique, STDs and the danger of promiscuous sex, gay sex and sexual identity, and teenage pregnancy and its alternatives. (Although the section on AIDS notes the risk of the virus' transmission through oral sex, the earlier discussion of oral sex discusses individual preferences only, without mentioning the health risks.) A book that deserves a place in collections serving teenagers. Ann Scarpellino, Ramsey Public Library, N.J.
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Written by members of the Teen Book Project and inspired by the classic Our Bodies, Ourselves, this third edition of a book first published in 1981 provides information about health and sexuality for teenagers. Presented here is the latest information on the physical and emotional aspects of puberty, sexuality, healthcare, sexually transmitted diseases, safer sex and birth control, living with violence, mental health, and eating disorders. Artwork by and quotations from teenagers about their experiences in these areas bring the content to life and set the book apart from more standard works such as Richard Walker's The Family Guide to Sex and Relationships (LJ 2/15/97). Each chapter has a list of associations and print and nonprint resources. An excellent, extremely useful source for young adults and educators; highly recommended for all collections.?Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 3 Revised edition (September 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081292990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812929904
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best book on being a teenager that I have ever read! And this should mean a lot to you coming from a teen (I'm a 15 year old male). It's different from other books in that it encourages teens to make their own decisions in life. It doesn't come out and say, "No! Sex is bad! You will rot in hell if you have sex before you are married!" Instead, it gives equal reasons of why to have sex and why not to and then describes all the means of birth control. But it doesn't just deal with sex, it also touches on emotions that you might have through adolecence, masturbation, what you can do if you do become pregnent, and even drugs.
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Changing Bodies, Changing Lives is a wonderfully open-minded book filled with diagrams, interviews, comics, and poems which focus on puberty, sexuality, relationships, family, and life in general presented in an appealing manner. Pre-teens will benefit from being able to prepare themselves for the important changes that await them. Teens will enjoy reading about other kids with the same concerns and worries. Parents who read this book will be better equipped to answer the inevitable "QUESTION". Ruth Bell and the Teen Book Project present a plethora of valuable information in an easy to understand format. Some may be put off by the explicit descriptions, but keep in mind that these scenarios are taken from real interviews with teens. The guide covers emotional and physical changes which accompany puberty as well as such important matters as gynecological exams, marriage, rape, sexually transmitted diseases, and self-esteem. If there is any one book that should be on every adolescent's bookshelf (and their parents' bookshelf for that matter) it is Changing Bodies, Changing Lives.
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I bought this for my 15 year old son for reference and for his information.

His father won't talk to him about sex and he is too embarrassed to talk with me. In fact, I had to leave it in his room and he swore he wouldn't look at it. That he had learned everything he needed to know in 1 week of sex ed at school (!)

2 weeks later he thanked me for buying it. Still trying to keep the lines of communication open but at least now I know he is armed with knowledge.
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I am 14, and these are some of the most difficult years of my life. After reading this book, I felt better about what is going on with me and others. I refer to the book usually on a daily basis when I feel confused, or just want to know that there are other people that have feelings about the things I have feelings about. I love how the author made nothing in the book seem "wrong" to do. She was so open, when most other books think that some things shouldnt be talked about. I would like it if the book had more about Interatial Relationships. To me that is a strong topic. Otherwise I loved the book, and would refer it to anyone
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I am 20 years old and recieved this book at the age of 12. It was an amazing resource for me throughout my preteen year, and teen years. I was able to get non biased information, just the facts, whenever I was too embarased to ask someone. I am now looking at buying one for my 11 year old brother, so that he can learn from it the way I have.
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This book is an outstanding volume for all teens. It is full of information that they need for making healthy choices through their teen years. It does not promote any single ideology, or push a certain set of values or choices. It gives information that the teen may only get hodge-podge through friends, conversations with parents or some school programs. Also, the book is full of quotes from interviews with teens. So, the teen hears the feelings and ideas in a form that they can "hear", not an adult voice telling them what to do. Far more approachable for teens. This one's a must!
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I was given this book in late middle/early high school years ago and see it now as I am looking for a such a book to give to a younger someone else. Here is what I remember about this book:

1. It had great personal narratives from a wide variety of teens on a bunch of topics that were very helpful and affirming and just exactly the right thing. It was queer-friendly (a la 1998 - can't remember if it covers gender identity). It got into a lot of questions young people have about what does sex feel like, etc.

2. This book was published in 1998. A lot has changed since then and even I year ago noticed the disconnect between it and my health class at school. For instance, the concern over AIDS as death sentence. This is why this book cannot be gifted without a careful read through and additional updated information. For this reason, I am not purchasing this book now as a gift but rather opting for S.E.X. by Heather Corinna.

Give it a new edition for the 2010s and it would be great.
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I ordered Changing Bodies, Changing Lives for my son, who is just hitting puberty. I own Our Bodies Ourselves so I expected a high caliber book, and it didn't disappoint. I paged through it before I gave it to him and was reassured to see that it delivers the same kind of honest, nonjudgmental, thorough information as OBOS does.

It handles not only the standard "puberty" information of sexual anatomy, safer sex and drugs, but also emotional and social areas like negotiating increased independence from parents, the sometimes confusing nature of sexual and romantic orientation, and body image and individuality. The material quoted from teens is frank and unpolished and helps to highlight that other people have probably experienced some of the same things the reader has. The book's approach is clearly that everyone is different, there is no one right way to navigate the difficult teenage years, and that everyone needs to be informed to make their own choices.

I don't know why people reviewed the pictures as looking out of date. Maybe it's regional but I was pleasantly surprised that they looked very current. (It may seem like a small thing but I remember how hard it is, when you're a teen, to take advice from a book that sounds like it's old and clueless.)

I didn't expect my son to be too interested in it yet but he looked at it for some time and shared a few things that he found surprising or interesting. His verdict is "Huh. They just tell kids what we need to know. That's kind of neat" which lets me know this was the right book to get.

I have no agenda except to facilitate my children growing up as healthy, well-adjusted and happy as possible. Because of that my priority was to place the most unbiased and complete information I could into their hands. I am very happy with this book and very glad I can trust that my children will not be misinformed or have information withheld from them because of someone else's agenda.
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