It's a Girl Thing: How to Stay Healthy, Safe and in Charge (Paperback)

By Mavis Jukes, Debbie Tilley (Illustrator)
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The highly acclaimed girls' guide to adolescence by a Newbery Honor-winning author is now available in a rack-sized paperback edition. Reviewers were unanimous in their praise for this useful and important book.

About the Author

I grew up in New City, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey. I loved everything to do with the West: especially saddles, old horseshoes, and boots with inlaid roses on the sides. I have been a cowboy ever since I was a little kid and I'm not talking fringy skirt. I'm talking woolly chaps and huge palomino horse that rears up on its hind legs, snorts, whinnies, and gallops across the plains in a thunderstorm when I'm out there chasing bad guys. However, in my actual real life, I moved out West when I was eighteen but didn't buy a horse. I have to admit it: I've never had the cattle, only the hat. Total livestock count: one sheep. I studied sculpture, education, and law. I've been an elementary school teacher and thanks to Frances Foster a children's writer. Frances started me off writing children's books, and I will be forever in her debt for that.

I have lived on a small ranch in northern California for 32 years. I have two great stepsons and two great daughters. For the past two years, I have been writing lyrics for country songs, fulfilling the not-so-secret dream I've had ever since my book "No One is Going to Nashville "was published in 1983. Now that my kids are grown, I spend all of my spare time out on the high desert plains under the big skies with my husband, Bob, where we drive out on lonesome, two-rut roads to hunt for rocks, twisted wire, and rusty, shot-up buckets and cans. And to rustle up ideas and images: for books, songs, and artwork. Bob is a sculptor who incorporates found objects in his work. I am his biggest fan, lifelong companion, and partner in the hunt. He's an art cowboy who wears J.B. Hill boots with stars on the tops and a Stetson with a bent brim. I've been getting a lot of ideas and inspiration from Bob, beginning with "No One is Going to Nashville "and "Like Jake and Me "and continuing right on up through "Smoke". So, thanks, Bob!

Praise For…

"It's difficult to imagine an adolescent girl who wouldn't benefit from this candid, supportive and often genuinely funny guide...this volume will spark communication between parents and daughters."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The text is sometimes humorous, but always conveys caring, respect and concer...A fine and thoughtful effort."--School Library Journal, starred review

"What's good and unusual here is Jukes' been there, done that matter-of-factness about aspects of female existence rarely discussed in literature...Tilley's scribbly, lighthearted vignettes accentuate the light tone of the text."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Will leave girls informed and in charge."--The Horn Book

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679873921
ISBN-10: 0679873929
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2nd, 1996
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: It's a Girl Thing