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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Series: What's Happening to My Body?
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 3 edition (June 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557047650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557047656
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lynda Madaras takes seriously the questions asked over the years in her sex education class and gives accurate, detailed answers." — School Library Journal

"These gender-specific titles take a modern and easygoing approach to puberty…explains everything in a readable and reassuring style." — VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates

"Must reading." — Ralph I. Lopez, M.D., Adolescent Clinic, The New York Hospital— Cornell Medical School

"One of the most complete, well-written and clearly illustrated sex and health education texts to come off the press." — Arkansas Democrat

"Your book is a most helpful teaching tool…Your books put the students at ease…many, many thanks." — Excerpt from a teacher's letter to Lynda Madaras

About the Author

Lynda Madaras is the author of 12 books on health, child care, and parenting. For more than 25 years, she taught puberty and health education in California schools, and she has appeared on Oprah, CNN, PBS, and the Today Show.

Lynda Madaras es la autora de doce libros sobre la salud, el cuidado de ninos y la crianza de los hijos. Durante mas de veinticinco anos ha ensenado sobre la pubertad y la salud en escuelas de California, y ha sido invitada de Oprah, CNN, PBS y el Today Show.



Area Madaras was just 11 years old when she assisted her mother on their first book. Now a communications consultant and mother of two, she lives in California and continues to assist her mother with the series.

Area Madaras solo tenia once anos cuando colaboro por primera vez con su madre en un libro. Ahora es asesora de comunicaciones y madre de dos ninas, vive en California y continua trabajando con su madre en la serie.


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Customer Reviews

My 11 year old son loves this book.
Shari Silverman
I recommend the parent read it before giving it to the son, because the book covers a lot and in a fair degree of detail.
A. Pointer
A good starting point for discussions.
MamaS

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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Mark Merrick on March 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
Previous reviews have knocked this book for presenting anatomical drawings, medical descriptions, and even slang - assumably for teaching too much. While I understand the fear a parent feels, I believe the presentation is appropriate. Further it seems important that an adolescent know these terms. They will be used by teachers and schoolmates increasingly from Junior High forward. An adolescent who does not know them will be left to their own imagination. An adolescent who has been taught the terms with the help of caring parent will feel safe. Further by going through the book together a parent can teach the child what terms are appropriate and that sexuality is something to be respected, not feared. (Parents, please don't make sexuality a frightening taboo - it will just drive your child to experience it inappropriately.)

As another review points out this book is somewhat academically written. I believe this is because the book is designed for a parent and adolescent to go through together. I would suggest presenting parts of this book beginning as early as 10 but no later than 13 - as the parent feels the child is ready for the information. There is a companion workbook that is written more in an adolescent's language - for them to read alone.
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92 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Huns on December 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
You don't read a book like this to your kid, you give it to your kid and let him go off and read it himself and ask you questions later if he wants. My mom got me this book when I was a lad and I read it cover to cover. It was exactly what I needed.

I remember this part of my life well, so let me give you a little advice. Boys entering this part of their lives are best given a book like this and then LEFT ALONE to read it on their own terms. DON'T be overbearing and try to have some long-winded discussion with him about sexual topics. Trust me, he will get embarrassed and then he will hate you for prying into something that he needs to figure out separately from you (with the help of this book, which is great. In fact, I would think about getting him more than one book. Something on relationships, perhaps, when he's a few years older.) If you overstep your bounds, he will just think, "God, this is so terrible. I wish this horrible awkward train-wreck of a conversation was over already." Then he'll tune you out, defeating the purpose of the conversation and replacing it with awkwardness and resentment. If you have to give him "The Talk," just keep it REALLY BRIEF, and hand them this book at the end of it.

By picking up some education on the subject from this author, he's getting it from someone who is a disinterested third party, someone whose expectations he doesn't have to live up to, et cetera. The person who wrote this book isn't going to read over his shoulder about things that he naturally finds embarrassing. It's a safe environment. If your boy is reading this book by himself, he doesn't have to worry about being judged. He doesn't have to keep his guard up, or worry about any social considerations.
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Judith R. White on September 3, 2007
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The purpose of the book for me was to read it to a 10 year old boy, to help him understand what was happening to his body and to explain sex and sexual feelings. It is written by someone who taught the subject and rather than have it as a readable book, it's more instructional and explains the author's way of teaching the subject part of the time and then it seems to become more of a book you'd read to a child entering puberty. Some areas are good and detailed and some things are written in a corny way. I would rate the book on a scale of 1 to 10 as maybe a 3. What I've had to do is read a chapter first, and then scan it as I'm explaining it to my 10 year old boy. It does cover the territory.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Margaret J. on January 26, 2013
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Perhaps my son could have used this book when he was 11, but better late than never. I looked at several books in this genre -- this one, in particular, seemed to cover all of the bases. My husband and I recognized that our son had really started puberty (he was growing an inch every month for four months straight) and that he had a desire for more information about his body and also girls. This book definitely filled that need. He spent an entire day reading it from cover to cover, after which he initiated a lengthy conversation about what he had learned and what he had additional questions about. Among his big takeaways were that his thoughts and feelings were normal and that he felt more in control and less afraid knowing what would be coming over the next several years. He genuinely thanked us several times for getting him the book and recommended that we read it, too!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Pointer on June 23, 2011
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This is an easy-to-read, comprehensive book that I intend to give to my 11 year-old boy after I finish reading it. I recommend the parent read it before giving it to the son, because the book covers a lot and in a fair degree of detail. As a mother, I have learned things about male puberty and sexuality that I never knew before, and it is good to know what the book says so you can be prepared to discuss it with your son. I am happy with this book and would recommend it to others.
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