How to Be a Girl in the World (Compact Disc)
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"This middle grade novel is a crucial look at the realities of being a pre-teen girl in today's world. Lydia is a relatable character for anyone who has felt uncomfortable with or questioned a young girl's role as the object of male attention, and the story challenges both the older generations and the younger to ask--where do you draw the line on inappropriate displays of affection? How harmless can they really be when so many people can relate to Lydia's experience? And knowing what we know now, how long can we justify a "boys will be boys" mentality?"--Reviewed by Beth
From the critically acclaimed author of the ALA Notable and Charlotte Huck Honor Book Forever, or a Long, Long Time comes a poignant coming-of-age novel about the complicated parts of growing up, finding your voice, and claiming your space. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Laurel Snyder, or Ali Benjamin
Lydia hasn't felt comfortable in her own skin since the boys at her school started commenting on the way she looks in her uniform. Her cousin and friends think she should be flattered, but the boys--and sometimes her mom's boyfriend, Jeremy--make Lydia uncomfortable and confused. Even more confusing is when Jeremy hovers too close and hugs a little too long.
Then her mom surprises her by buying a dilapidated house in their neighborhood. Lydia hopes to find a little bit of magic in their new home. But just like the adults in her life, and God, and her friends, the magic Lydia deeply believes in eventually loses its power to keep her safe.
And as seventh grade begins, Lydia wonders: Is there a secret to figuring out how to be a girl in the world?