From School Library Journal
Grade 5-10-This guide describes how a girl's developing body can be a source of pride, confusion, and shame, and the forces that spark those feelings. Brody looks at hot spots that most girls will encounter and how to combat negative experiences and emotions. She covers self-image, menstruation, sexuality, sports participation, nutrition and eating disorders, substance abuse, and counseling. Each chapter features a quiz on topics such as "The Big Question" of whether or not to have sex. Suggested activities to build self-esteem include seeking out a women's professional athletic team to follow or participating in a "girlcott" of companies that use unnatural body images to sell products. A list of 101 possible sports activities to take part in is a worthy addition to the section on using athletics for stress relief and healthy living. Unfortunately, the author's use of her own adolescent experiences sometimes backfires when she repeatedly refers to herself as petite and not needing a bra. Additionally, the emphasis on how to stay slim might confuse the young women who have just read that they should work toward being happy with their unique body type. The lack of cited sources and incomplete endnotes limit this as a research tool, but most readers will look to it for more personal information.Katie O'Dell, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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