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Growing up is Hard. School is Tough. Girls can be mean and boys can be dumb. This first in a new book series for girls aged 8-14 explores the perils and pluses of being every day unique. Everyone has something about them that makes them different. But often, those differences are treated with ridicule and bullying.
The first book in the Growing Up Girls series, Diary of a 6th Grade “C” Cup follows Katie and her diary from 4th to 6th grade through a difficult period when puberty makes her the first in her class to get a bra. Her development causes ridicule, strife, teasing, bullying and some self-realization about being yourself and growing up.
This series, written for girls 8-14, celebrates differences and shows how just a little joking or teasing has much more impact that first would appear. These books shine a light on the need for people to accept others and for young girls to accept and celebrate themselves from an early age.
Written by Suzanne Rudd, this book is partially autobiographical based on the author’s experience. “Decades ago when I was growing up, bullying feel into three categories. Either you were the perpetrator, the victim or one of the lucky ones who fell between the cracks. In those days, no one talked about it, got punished for it and teachers, principals and parents often shrugged it off as just a part of growing up. How many adults relish their preteen and teen years and how many would rather forget it ever happened?”
“Now, luckily more attention is paid to diversity and less tolerance of bullying is allowed. Bullying messes with the delicate balance of self-esteem which can serve children throughout life. And it should not be tolerated. But kids learn from parents and there is still bullying out there regardless of the strides in the positive direction.”
For those parenting girls in this age and for those girls growing up this book can be a must-read snapshot into the pitfalls and promise of growing up at this age.
“Judy Blume was my bible when I was growing up. I always wanted to write something for girls in other unique situations to pay it forward and show them, it’s good to be different.”