1st Edition

The Girl Guide Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World

By Christine Fonseca Copyright 2013
    238 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard—very hard. But not if you have a great guide! The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World is a must-read for girls in grades 6-8 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women, The Girl Guide covers everything a teenage girl needs to know on the journey toward her own identity. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, confronting relational aggression, being safe online, navigating the changing mother-daughter relationship, and more make this the ultimate guide for any girl to get through the teen years and discover her unique point of view in the world.

    Grades 6-8

    Check out Christine's article on building positive friendships in the January 2014 issue of Justine!

    Introduction; Part I: The Journey Begins Chapter 1. It’s My Life Chapter 2. Tools . . . Not Rules Chapter 3. Starting the Journey Part II: It’s All About Connections Chapter 4. The Social Game Chapter 5. Team Me Chapter 6. Social Acceptance 101 Part III: "I Think I Can"—The Power of Belief Chapter 7. The Confidence Key Chapter 8. The Art of Plan B Chapter 9. Half-Full or Half-Empty: The Power of Perspective Part IV: Finding Emotional Balance Chapter 10. Understanding Emotional Sensitivity Chapter 11. Emotional Overload Chapter 12. Finding Balance Part V: Putting It All Into Practice Chapter 13. Bouncing Back From Bullying Chapter 14. Underperformance, Perfectionism, and Other Academic Mysteries Chapter 15. Millennials—Living in a Digital Age Chapter 16. The Mother-Daughter Connection Chapter 17. Developing Your Creative Self, Final Thoughts.


    Christine Fonseca has worked in the field of education for more than a decade. Relying on her expertise as a school psychologist, behavioral consultant, speaker, and parenting expert, she has been a resource for parents and children in understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted children.

    Throughout The Girl Guide, Christine Fonseca helps young readers to understand the importance of: planning, having priorities, conducting mature arguments and managing their online lifestyle. She does this through the use of quizzes, what-if scenarios and simple straight-forward speech. All of which will help them figure out who they are and where they fit in in this turbulent world.,Leigh-Ann Brodber,The Young Folks, 4/2/13
    Fonseca's text rolls the fun of scrapbooking and taking fashion magazine self-assessments together with common sense advice and nearly tough love dispensed by a life coach . . . There's a bit of genius at play here as the author gives the gift of time to her readers—time for reflection and for de-stressing through the act of creating. Teens should not rush through this book. No quick fixes are offered, just reasonable suggestions for maintaining true north through the turbulent teen years.,Brenda Kahn,School Library Journal, 6/1/13
    I can't say enough positive things about this book. The ideas are spot on, the style is engaging and the advice is valuable. It is set up so that each chapter addresses a different, very relevant topic in teen girls' lives. Each chapter also includes worksheets and activities to allow the reader to engage with the concepts and apply them to her life.,Sofia H, 6/7/18