That time of the month.
Being on the rag.
You might have a different name for it, but all of these words mean the same thing: your period. And the number of nicknames you can make up for your period is nothing compared to the number of ways you can feel about it.
You may wonder if you're the only girl you know who doesn't have her period. Or you may feel excited about growing up. Are you confused about what's happening inside your body? Or do you feel silly as you giggle with your mom or friends about the pamphlets you're given in school?
In these frank and often poignant new short stories, twelve stellar authors explore the anxiety and excitement of "becoming a woman." Engaging, empowering, and sometimes hilarious, these stories show us girls who couldn't be more different -- and yet ultimately reveal that, in many ways, we are all the same.
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Erzsi Deak has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has covered fashion and children's features from Alaska to San Francisco to Paris. She is on the board of directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her story "Envelope Thief" is featured in the book They Only Laughed Later: Tales of Women on the Move. She lives in Paris, France, with her husband and three daughters.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-8-Aptly titled, these 13 stories describe girls' first experiences with either getting their periods or learning about them. Though there are myriad books about menstruation, few, if any, fiction collections mark this rite of passage. Among the contributors are Johanna Hurwitz, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Jane Kurtz. Though the selections share a common theme, they reflect a multitude of settings, cultures, families, and circumstances. In "I Don't Wanna Hear It," Litchman describes one girl's initial disgust and denial upon learning about menstruation. In Linda Sue Park's "White Pants," a seventh grader describes the humiliating tell-tale stain on her pants that announces her first menses to the entire student body. The next day she shares her surprise, relief, and, finally, disappointment at how quickly the incident is forgotten. Three generations of Indian girls become dooram (with period) in Uma Krishnaswami's "The Gift," which begins in a partitioned India in 1947 and ends 52 years later in Baltimore. By far the funniest piece is Bobbi Katz's "Betrayal," in which an evasive mother tells her curious daughter that her sanitary napkins are for "when you are unwell." The youngster later surprises an unsuspecting insurance agent when she answers the door with a pad around her neck, nursing a sore throat. An honest, touching, sometimes hilarious collection.
Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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