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Being a Girl
by Kim Cattrall
(Key Porter Books)
Growing up can be hard. Growing up a girl can be even harder. Kim Cattrall’s new book, Being a Girl, will help you with whatever problems you’re trying to overcome. She talks about many of the issues that race through our heads and she helps us to understand how to get through them. In the novel, Cattrall shares her own journey growing up and offers readers advice and helpful tips that guided her. Whether you’re having weight issues, boy troubles or just need to know you’re not alone, you need to check out this amazing book.
— SARAH HIGGINS
Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt
by Megan Nicolay
Are your drawers overflowing with old T-shirts that you wish you could still wear? Then why not become a DIYer (do-it-yourselfer). Generation T–108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt, by Megan Nicolay, is the perfect book for anyone who wants to unclutter their wardrobes, but still keep all their favourite pieces. The book is a how-to guide for creating everything from halter-tops and skirts to iPod holders and purses— all from old T-shirts! Each design has a difficulty level (1–5), and there are hand-drawn illustrations for each step, to provide a visual guide. The book is fun and easy to read. Best of all, in the back of the book, there are pages for you to sketch out your own ideas on T-shirt outlines. So don’t hesitate; pick up this book, collect all those old Tshirts you’ve been dying to wear, and snip away!
— SARAH HIGGINS
The Big Book of Girl Stuff
by B. King
Finally, a quintessential guide to all things “girl”! Insight from dozens of girls, young women, mothers, and teachers are all compiled into one volume to make this a comprehensive book on everything a girl’s got to know. Covering it all, from boys to babysitting, fashion to family, hair to health—and everything in between—Girl Stuff answers all your questions about being a member of the “fairer sex”. Not only will you be laughing out loud, but reading it will leave you feeling informed, empowered, and inspired. More than just being an encyclopedia, Girl Stuff is brimming with loads of activities, quotes, games, and fascinating facts to boot, making it a definite must-have for every girl!
— AMANDA GREENER
The Blue Helmet
by William Bell
William Bell’s novel, The Blue Helmet is an inspiring story about Lee, a troubled teenager who makes a life-altering choice that forces him into independence. After a gang initiation goes wrong, Lee’s father sends him to live with his aunt in Toronto, and work at her café. Dealing with the shock of losing his mother to cancer and his father’s continued absence, Lee is plunged into loneliness and forced to become self-reliant for the first time. It isn’t until Lee strikes up an unusual friendship that he realizes that his violent acts of the past have consequences. In The Blue Helmet, Lee embarks on an emotional journey, taking readers through a stirring tale about self-sufficiency, companionship, and the opportunity to make choices that will change us forever.
New From Old: How to Transform and Customize Your Clothes
by Jayne Emerson
In this do-it-yourself book, Jayne Emerson shares ideas and simple instructions, which will put everyone—from beginner to expert designer—on the path to becoming a trendsetter. New from Old will inspire you to add a touch of personality to existing clothing and accessories, whether it’s a small change like adding buttons and sequins to revamp an old T-shirt, or completely transforming a coat into a purse. With three main lessons: changing colour, adding decoration, and changing form, this book provides brilliant ideas that cost next-tonothing and help you to create unique fashion pieces.
— YANYI MA
The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens
by Sean Covey
(Fireside/Simon & Schuster Canada)
The best-selling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey, has written another hit. The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens teaches teens how to make the right decisions when it comes to school, friends, parents, dating and sex, addictions, and self-worth. It explains how to make smart decisions that will positively affect your future. This book provides all the tools and information you need to help keep you on the right track, including quizzes, note writing, and even a link to an on-line help desk where you can research decisions further. Reading this book will help you to figure out answers to the questions that rack your conscience and make your stomach turn to knots.
— MELISSA LOOMANS
She’s the Man
The always-charming Amanda Bynes gender-bends it like Beckham in the romantic comedy, She’s the Man, now available on DVD. Bynes plays Viola, a soccer superstar, who disguises herself as her twin brother to play on his high school team. Proving that girls can kick it just as well as boys, Viola leads the team to victory in the championship game. But she also lands herself in some romantic hot water when she falls for the team’s star forward (Channing Tatum). Love, lies, and mistaken identity ensue as Viola tries not to blow her cover—until her twin brother arrives on the scene to complicate matters further. She’s the Man is a fresh, modern take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, filled with laughs, an energetic soundtrack, and a terrific cast of hot teen actors. In a great bit of casting, real-life soccer star Vinnie Jones makes an appearance as Coach Dinklage.
The DVD contains lots of extra features, including commentary by the director and cast, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. She’s the Man is a winning comedy that kicks it in the goal and makes Shakespeare feel more like fun, and less like homework.
— LORI DELORME