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Grade 7 Up - Walker covers a wide spectrum of topics to provide both technical and practical facts about AD/HD. Although the information is comprehensive, it may be too overwhelming for girls who have difficulty attacking larger tasks (like reading such a dense book). The writing style varies, but generally Walker tries to be conversational and teen-friendly. The text is written from the viewpoint of Maddy, a fictional character with AD/HD. Sprinkled throughout are "conversations" among her and two of her friends, also girls with AD/HD. Sometimes these discussions work, sometimes they don't (the voice tries hard to be cool, but may end up sounding flip). Despite the chatty tone, much of the narrative seems to target an adult audience and would make a good resource for parents, teachers, and other school staff. There are many good things about this book, but its cluttered layout makes it challenging for its intended audience. - Mary Hazelton, Warren Community School and Miller Elementary School, ME
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"The substantive information on the disorder is quite accurate and is presented in an easy, chatty style." -- Attention! Magazine, August 2005

"This is an invaluable resource for girls and their parents." -- NewsLine (Federation for Children with Special Needs), Volume 26, Number 2, Fall 2005

"This refreshing book, written for teenaged girls with AD/HD, has as much spunk and character as its intended audience." -- ADDitude Magazine, April/May 2005

"[A] welcome tool for teenage girls and the adults who care for them." -- DDNA NewsNetwork, Winter/Spring 2005

"[M]ust reading for girls having to cope with this...condition and should be available in every school and community library." -- Children's Bookwatch, January 2005

"[U]nique in its very lively and attractive presentation, and in its discussion of gender differences in attention problems..." -- Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2006
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890627569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890627560
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2004
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As a woman with ADD myself I know first hand about the struggles girls with ADD face. I wish I had a book like this when I was growing up. While there are some great books already for women with ADD and ones that help adults understand girls with ADD, this book is unique. It's specicially written for girls with ADD not adults.

The format of the book is very "ADD Friendly". The fonts used in the book are fun and inviting to girls with ADD. The illustrations are also very helpful at grabbing the reader's attention and keeping the readers attention.

The content on this book is specificly written for girls with ADD. It covers specific issues which pertain to being a girl with ADD and how to overcome many of these issues. The balance of information and humor makes this book appropriate for young female readers.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Blake on August 23, 2007
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I bought this for my newly-diagnosed 9-year-old and have decided to keep it until she is a little older. Looks well written and presented in an interesting format. But it addresses issues that a little bit older girl needs to read about, not a 9-year-old.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 3, 2005
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Written with humor and encouragement, The Girls' Guide To AD/HD is a compendium of explanatory facts and practical advice on how to life a full and successful life while dealing with peers, teachers, friends and family despite AD/HD. Three girls (Maddy, Helen, and Bo) each have unique personalities and combinations of AD/HD traits enabling the reader to learn all about what AD/HD is like for girls; how the AD/HD brain functions; how adolescence impacts AD/HD symptoms; how counseling, coaching, and medications can help; how to deal with emotions that range from anxiety and anger, to forgetfulness and depression; the advantages that having AD/HD can have; how to cope with school and homework; and how to get along with others. To put it simply, The Girls' Guide To AD/HD is "must" reading for girls having to cope with this increasingly widespread condition and should be available in every school and community library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn McMahon on March 25, 2011
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This book is simply amazing. I was first diagnosed when I was five, and didn't really know what AD/HD was other than it meant I was hyper sometimes and couldn't always focus. When I got re-tested at 16, my tester recommended I become more informed about AD/HD, so I bought a few books, and honestly, this is the only one that I ever finished (heck this is the only one that I even read of full chapter of). This book made me realize just how many of my annoying habits weren't my fault and helped improve my self-confidence IMMENSELY. I even lent it to a 12 year old boy after he got diagnosed and he loved it too. I am now a freshman in college and still find myself explaining the science of AD/HD in the same terms this book did. Unfortunately, I lost my copy (ironic, I know)but I am planning on buying a new copy very soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Benefiel Dunn on July 15, 2008
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Right away we are welcomed into the strange world of AD/HD and offered an experience of "A Day in the Life" of Maddy. In this clever approach, we get a real feel for the difficulties of this disorder: both for the person who has it (and how they see the world) and for the people around them. Amazing how such a conversational tone can convey so much information, while also using the complex structure of the AD/HD mindset. Excellent concept, friendly delivery, very helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teo on May 8, 2009
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This book was fun and easy to read. It had a lot of hard science written in a way that grabs your attention and is simple to understand. It offered good tips for dealing with a variety of situations which can be challenging to girls with ADHD. I think it would be appropriate for both tweens and teens. It is geared more toward the inattentive girl rather than the hyperactive/impulsive girl. I think it will also appeal more to traditional girls than to "tomboys".
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lady Dragon on March 21, 2006
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This book was an immediate hit with our girls. It helped them understand the nature of AD/HD without making it sound like it was a dreaded disease to have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynne F. on May 27, 2009
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I thought this book was great for myself and my children. The information about brain chemicals and function was at a level my teen daughter can "get" with out too much analysis. The characters (who represent girls with different coexisting conditions) interspersed throughout the chapters add insight to the text. For myself, I was originally wanting more technical detail. However, the writing style is more geared to allow the pre-teen and teen readers to absorb information, exactly the intended audience. I can get the technical details from a textbook. I think this is a great read and have recommended it to everyone from the middle school librarian to friends with boys--very informative and worth owning a copy!
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