How I Survived Being a Girl by Wendelin Van Draanen
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Carolyn is a girl with strong opinions. On being a girl: ‘stupid.’ Wearing dresses: ‘only when forced, and then with shorts underneath.’ Summer nights: ‘make you feel invincible.’ Girls with MaryJjanes: ‘no use at all.’ The boy next door: ‘I do not have a crush on him!’ The top bunk: ‘for really great dreams.’ She thought she knew how she felt about everything. But the summer before the sixth grade, though everthing seemed the same, it all felt different.

In this wonderfully funny first novel, Wendelin Van Draanen perfectly captures the emotional earthquakes of growing up and growing into oneself.

 

About Wendelin Van Draanen

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Wendelin Van Draanen is a high school computer science instructor. She lives with her husband and two children in Santa Maria, CA.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by SCHOLASTIC INC. @. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Of girls who play with dolls and wear too much lace, she has low opinions, and hardly counts herself in the girl camp at all until some unfamiliar feelings surface for her stickball buddy, Charlie.

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In this energetic first novel, saucy, opinionated sixth-grader Carolyn narrates her exploits as, over the course of a summer, she spies on her freeko neighbors, digs foxholes in the yard, hurls di

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Tomboy Carolyn is thrown for a loop when she hits puberty, in this ""sunny, funny look at a girl with a smart mouth and scabby knees,"" said PW.

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In this energetic first novel, saucy, opinionated sixth-grader Carolyn narrates her exploits as, over the course of a summer, she spies on her ""freeko"" neighbors, digs foxholes in the yard, hurls dirt clods at her brother and steals a book from the local dimestore.

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