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Grade 6–10—Burton's accessible text is a guide for girls who are caught up in the malicious gossiping, jealousy, and social shunning that affect so many adolescents. The author neatly outlines the issues and provides common-sense approaches to breaking the cycle of meanness, envy, and passive-aggressive behaviors, and she addresses both the victims and the mean girls themselves. The balance of narrative, white space, and illustration makes this self-help tool easy to comprehend. The well-researched text is punctuated with quotes from female artists and athletes and also includes a good resource guide to finding empowering organizations. The real challenge will be getting the book into readers' hands at the right time. Solid advice presented in an easy-to-read format.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
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“We girls can be cruel,” asserts Burton, who, with a direct tone and solid advice, puts the responsibility for change directly on the shoulders of girls themselves, asking them to look closely at their own behavior. Divided into six succinct chapters, the book begins by examining theories of why girls act the way they do, various types of common cruel behaviors, and excellent coping techniques. Later sections provide resources for addressing more serious problems and offer concrete suggestions for how to stop the cycle of female cruelty. Burton never talks down to her readers, nor does she pull her punches. Readers will respond to the author’s clear respect for the painful nature of the problem, while breezy language, such as the sections entitled “Why It Sucks” will draw girls into the practical advice. Quotes from female celebrities scattered throughout reinforce the central idea that girls need to change the mean-girl culture. A great addition for teen collections. Grades 7-10. --Lynn RutanSee all Editorial Reviews
This book is just what I needed. I only wish it was around when I was a teenager. I'm a grown woman & it made me realise I wasn't alone in all that I've gone through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ultra Violet
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I enjoyed the information in Girls against Girls. This book is a good tool to use for parents, grandparents, teachers, and counselors to use for a basic knowledge of how girls can... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Cherry Heitz
I choose this book because it was on my summer reading list . I liked reading it and thought it was a quick readPublished on September 17, 2013 by LAURA ELIA
Basic introduction and overview of relational aggression provided. It seems appropriate for a high school student's reading level. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Gabriela G.
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