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Girls Know Best 2: Tips on Life and Fun Stuff to Do (Girl Power Series) (v. 2) Paperback – October 1, 1998
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Imagine gathering a room full of four dozen 10- to 16-year-old girls and asking them for advice to share with other girls. After all the excited chatter ends, you might be left with this collection of essays. Ranging from the silly, "How to Have the Greatest Slumber Party of All Time," to the serious, "Losing a Loved One," the book serves up hundreds of tips, projects, and referrals to alleviate or solve tough problems. "Working Girls" is written by three young entrepreneurs who have all started their own businesses. An excellent chapter is devoted to friendship and how to handle getting dumped by friends. Each author reveals her name, age, hobbies, pet peeves, heroes, and life dreams. Getting to know these personal facts makes it easier for readers to accept the practical advice being shared. Although ethnic representation isn't mentioned, one author has a disability and another is an immigrant to the United States. Occasionally the advice is superficial and may not stand up to readers' actual experiences, and some terms that need clarification go undefined. In one case, a girl mentions getting unwanted "porno" e-mail but does not explain what this is. Overall, though, this title works as a fun, light exchange from one confidant to another. It will be popular with younger teens.
Katie O'Dell Madison, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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