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Product Details

  • School & Library Binding: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613982789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613982788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,877,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up-Teenage girls have all kinds of concerns from seemingly trivial ones such as how to say "hi" to more momentous occasions like the first job interview. Along with these concerns, this book covers a wide range of topics with an overall intent of guiding girls toward becoming well-balanced young women. Successful people of all ages are tapped for advice. Hip and chatty in style, GirlWise encourages a self-confident, independent attitude that includes being considerate of others. As part of fostering healthy self-esteem, it tells how to create one's own style without becoming a fashion zombie, how to appreciate and take sensible care of one's body, and how to deal with rejection. While body image is discussed, it is more in the vein of self-acceptance, diet, and exercise-this book does not venture into the realm of sexual issues. Readers can also find out how to unclog a toilet, change a diaper, do laundry, and start a band. The last two chapters, "Be Caring" and "Be Conscious," point the way toward attitudes and actions that result in a truly mature person. This is a silly, serious, and totally fun book for those who want to take charge of their lives and evolve into first-class, well-rounded adults.
Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

The Ultimate Teen Girl Bible
What do you do when . . . you're at the lunch table and you knock your soda over into someone's lap? Or, you need a job? You hate your clothes? You're broke? Inside, more than 100 experts tell you how to deal with these problems and so much more. GirlWise is one-stop shopping for all the stuff you want to, you need to, you MUST know!
GirlWise includes contributions by:
·Hillary Carlip, author of Girl Power
·Atoosa Rubenstein, editor-in-chief of CosmoGIRL!
·Nancy Gruver, publisher of New Moon
·Laura McEwen, Publisher of YM
·Marci Shimoff, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
·Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries
·Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of ELLEgirl
·Isabel González, senior associate editor of Teen People
You'll find great tips from experts in fashion, business, etiquette, sports, and more to help you become the Ultimate Teen Girl?confident, capable, comfortable, cool, conscious, and taking control of your life. No more helpless females here! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

I write books for tweens and teens and I love it. My books have been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, People and most magazines for girls.

I co-author the "Twins" series with my identical twin sister, Jennifer Roy. The series is about identical twins who switch places and includes TRADING FACES, TAKE TWO, TIMES SQUARED and DOUBLE FEATURE.

My novel, HOW MY PRIVATE PERSONAL JOURNAL BECAME A BESTSELLER, was turned into a Disney Channel Original Movie called READ IT AND WEEP. It starred the so-talented Panabaker sisters, Danielle and Kay. I have a quick cameo in the movie.

My LIBERTY PORTER, FIRST DAUGHTER series is an illustrated book series about a 9-year-old girl whose father is elected president. I also co-authored PRINCESS OF GOSSIP with Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan and wrote the girlpower book GIRLWISE: How to Be Confident, Capable, Cool and In Control.

My next book will be EMMA EMMETS, PLAYGROUND MATCHMAKER (June, 2013) about a fourth-grader's attempts to 'rule' the playground.

I grew up in Albany, New York. My dad was a Holocaust survivor as a child and emigrated to America when he was nine. And my mom's family came over to America about two boats after the Mayflower. I now live in New Albany, Ohio. (And recently spent in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia!) I got my master's in journalism from Ohio State and a B.A. from SUNY Oswego.

Thanks for visiting my Amazon page! I love to read the comments for my books; Jennifer and I check in frequently.


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Very enjoyable, entertaining and helpful!
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This is an excellent book for girls who don't have an older sibling that could tell them about their experience through puberty.
Tiffany
Like how to find your power stance and how to plunge a toliet (don't ask).
Steph

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By rpageq on November 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Where was this book when I was growing up? If your are uncomfortable with yourself, find yourself in awkward situations or just don't know what to do in quasi-emergencies as, I admit, happened to me more than once, Girlwise is the book to go to. Not only is it full of advice on such diverse topics as self confidence to creating your own web site to, my favorite, what to do about a clogged toilet, but it is witty and a great read. Situations are dealt with by not only professionals in the field but by teens themselves.
This grandmother is giving Girlwise to all the girls she knows from preteen (be prepared) up.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By "girlygirlstuff" on December 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I just got this book for early Christmas. I cant put it down.Its really good! Ive been reading it for 2 days. My sisters 17 and she got a copy too and totally loves it too. its all out straight up the truth. My friends and I have been sitting in the lunch room reading the book out loud to know all this new stuff like fashion and like doing laundry and giving a speech in school. Theres nothing out there like it.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I always said I would never want to relive my teenage years. Now that I have read this book, I would love to go back. This book could have saved me from a lot embarassment and depression. It is a must have for any teenage girl today. It's like having a user manual for teens. If you are a parent of a teen girl, you have to get this for her. She will love you for it. It answers the question every teen has, "Am I the only one that feels this way?" or "Does this only happen to me?".
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
GirlWise covers just about any situation I might be in where I need to be cool and calm and make a good impression. From job interviews to party planning, this book has it all. My fave is "How to write a poem." Very inspiring. All the women who give advice in this book are so cool and amazing. Awesome role models. It's like getting 100 mentors for different parts of life that are so important, all in one.
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119 of 138 people found the following review helpful By R. Vinicombe on March 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was hoping, without going to a bookstore and completely looking through it, that this would be a benficial book for my 13 year old. Instead it put her in tears. Instead of accepting themselves as who they are and how they look, they bring kids to the conclusion that they cannot be OK if they break out. My daughter was very upset and all I could do was apologize. If you are looking for a book that wants to compress your daughter into the current fashions and mainstream, maybe this is for you, then again, I strongly believe that my daughter is special and that this has not helped her self-confidence or her understanding of all the changes happening. Personally, I do not want my daughter caught up in all of the latest makeup and dress, I want her to be able to wear what she is comfortable in and feel comfortable in her own skin. Next time I will review any books I get for her much closer.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Dee on September 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
School is the place to learn vocabulary words like efficacious, why the Battle of Gettysburg was fought, and how you find the circumference of a circle. But many of the most practical things you need to know in life are things aren't taught at school. If you're lucky, you just pick up this everyday wisdom from conversations with people who've "been there and done that," and learn the rest by trial and error. The solution to this educational gap is Girlwise. The goal of this book is not only to keep you from stumbling and bumbling, but to get the upper hand on life. This positively awesome book is filled with advice from women and girls who have the real scoop on feeling food in your skin, taking care of yourself, surviving socially, conducting your life with grace and elegance, and becoming whomever you most truly aspire to be. No girl's backpack should be without a copy!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm a freshman in highschool and I wish I would have had this book even before middleschool. It is the best, for anything! It teaches you things from confidence and starting a band, to being a good shopper and unclogging a toilet. It has things I didn't even expect. Even the topics I wasn't interested in I read, and it helped me in the future. Its easy to navigate, and not even boring once. I've read the entire thing, and keep it around for a refresher once and a while.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on August 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
I loved GirlWise, it contained so much wit and wisdom, and great advice that I wish that I'd known growing up, and am certain that I'll be able to use now. The book is an invaluable compilation of advice for teens and even adults....I found myself nodding at so much of what I was reading , thinking, gee, I really should be more like that.... I found myself wishing that I'd have known these things growing up...The introductions were both bittersweet and hilarious - DeVillers shares her wit and wisdom with us, and reminds us what it was like to be a teen...(be sure to check out her cringe-worthy prom-story)..Younger teens will feel comfortable reading this book, there's no sense of discomfort, or overt sexuality, that too many books geared to teens seem to include. Older teens will learn great tips on life, from 100 wise women with varied backgrounds and outlooks on life...This book includes advice from many women from many industries, my favorite was advice on how to look great in a picture, and how to cope with post 9/11, it give girls the inside skinny on life - I used to swallow everything when I was younger, girls today are very sophisticated, and it's nice for them to gain insight into the world, without losing the magic....A great gift idea, and a book for moms and their daughters to bond over.
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