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Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine Maybe Paperback – April 2, 2010
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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist, is the creator of The Enchanted Self,(r) a systematic way of helping to bring more joy, meaning and purpose into our lives. Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for more than twenty five years. She has taught elementary school children and was an assistant professor of education at Boston University. She has been in private practice as a psychologist with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein, in Long Branch, New Jersey, for over twenty five years.
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I recommend this book for ages 9 and up. Remember parents though that it says some things about making out and smoking. Other then that it was adorable.
The diary begins when The Girl (there is no name given to this girl - a very smart choice in my opinion) is thirteen, has just moved to a new town, will be attending a new school, will have to make all new friends, and will be getting a new brother or sister - all at the same time. That many new situations will put a well adjusted adult into a tailspin, just imagine what it does to a girl who is still dealing with becoming a teenager. The diary covers approximately 16 months so The Girl is fourteen and in ninth grade by the end of the book.
Dr. Holstein seems to have covered just about every happening a child of this age is likely to confront and yet has done it in such a natural, low-key manner that none of the circumstances is overwhelming. The reader watches the girl as she goes from being completely alone (because, of course, family just doesn't count) to having several friends, one special best friend and a boy she really likes a lot. The family deals with a new job, the birth of a baby, the illness and death of a relative, and The Girl has her own take on each of these situations. She is also searching for God even before her parents decide to begin attending church.
I think this book is a wonderful vehicle for opening honest discussions between mothers and daughters, and it will allow each child to see that others have had the same thoughts they have. It's okay to have these feelings. When, if ever, is it okay to lie? How do you deal with your own self image? Why can't you remain a child?
A really lovely book that I plan to share with my two grandgirls when they are ready to read it. I know the suggested reading age is 9-12, but older girls can benefit from this book also, as can Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts, anybody who deals with girls going through the pleasures and pains of maturing.
I received this book for review purposes.
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I've just finished Secrets ... second book in the Truth series. I really enjoyed reading the continuing diary of this young girl.Read more
This is a lovely book, set out in diary form, of a young girl entering womanhood.Read more