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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Series: What's Happening to My Body?
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 3 edition (June 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557047693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557047694
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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139 of 151 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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105 of 113 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elias Kindig on September 10, 2015
Format: Paperback
I see a lot of reviews from parents. How about a review from a reader?

The first edition of this book was published in 1984; I am a man and I was given this book by my parents in 1994 at age 11 (there also exists a "...Book for Girls" version). My review is based on the first edition.

Let's get this out of the way -- this book is THOROUGH. It is massively informative. There will be stuff your kid doesn't necessarily understand -- lord knows I had to reread it more than once, and your kid will, too, and that's fine -- understanding is not the primary issue: Access to information is the primary issue.

-- Your kid will learn all the basic chemistry and biology behind sex and sexuality -- far more than they will pick up in any public school curriculum.

-- They will be given quotes, advice, and/or told of experiences by other ordinary people throughout the pages on topics ranging from the simple facts of puberty to relationships and sex in adolescence, and these words of wisdom will come from people running the gamut from early adolescence to well on the far side of adulthood.

-- They will learn the same vulgar speech teenagers and adults have used since the beginning of time (words you yourself know, parent, whether you find them offensive or not in your role as parent) and that they would otherwise and completely unavoidably pick up from their peers anyway, only sans book lacking the foreknowledge to give them a sense of respect for their own bodies, others' bodies, and what any sexual slang and cussing means and how it can be harmful and how it can be helpful.

-- Actual sex is discussed to a basic but broad degree. Vaginal sex, oral sex, anal sex, and masturbation (and the mechanics of each) are covered.
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31 of 34 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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