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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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

In a world of bad news that is only getting worse, books that help teenagers are becoming more and more important. Today I'm thrilled to be celebrating one such book, The Girl Guide by Christine Fonseca. Here is a bit about it:

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.

Already rave reviews are coming in:

"The Girl Guide is a game-changer and should be in every girl's backpack." ~ Ali Cross, author of the Desolation series

"The perfect remedy for a world obsessed with airbrushed perfection. A must read for every girl who has ever wondered what it means to be strong. Girls who can find beauty and strength within should be--and can be--the new normal, and The Girls' Guide is there to show the way." ~ Danyelle Leafty, author of The Fairy Godmother Dilemma series

"It's easy to understand, professional and relevant without being preachy, and really delves into the situations and emotions that girls out there are experiencing...I highly recommend this book."

~ Michelle McLean, author of Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers (Career Press 2011) and To Trust a Thief (Entangled Scandalous 2013)

"It's like an older sister and a mom rolled into one helpful book, all with the intent of helping me discover the best "me" there is. Definitely something I'd recommend to girls who are feeling lost...or just overwhelmed"
~ Shayna, High School Junior

"The Girl Guide is an easy-to-read, profound book that allows teenagers to understand it's the world that is different, not the teenager. I'm picky about the type of books that I introduce to my kids and I must say, this is one of the superior ones." - A Reader's Refuge

"For those parents, librarians, teachers and counselors who have teens that are struggling to find their own identity, or even that enjoy getting to know themselves better. Definitely a delicious pick!!" - Novel Nutritious

Availability: 
Publisher: Prufrock Press 
ISBN: 1618210270 
ISBN 13: 978-1618210272 
The Girl Guide will be gracing the shelves of B&N and other fine bookstores everywhere soon, but you can pre-order your copy today:
And Other Fine Retailers

I hope you'll join me in welcoming Christine. So Christine, what inspired you to write a book to help young girls find their individuality?
My first and primary focus has been my girls. I want to do anything I can to help them embrace their unique nature and grow up to be strong, vibrant women. Additionally, I have the opportunity to work with young girls every day in my role as a school psychologist. More and more I see girls struggling with identity, resiliency, and authenticity. I wanted to do something to change that. The Girl Guide is a result of that effort.

Is it challenging writing advice books like this? Do you think girls will take the advice? 
Yes, it is challenging and boy, I HOPE they are interested in the advice! I know that every quiz, worksheet, tip sheet and activity has been tested on the children I work with. I can also tell you that I conducted many focus group online and in person as I researched the book, so I am confident in the strategies presented.

Do you believe that you've found you're unique voice in this noisy world?
Some days, yes. I know that I am a unique person and definitely march to my own drummer. As the years pass, I have grown very comfortable with who I am and what my interests are. But, like anything, remaining in touch with the authentic part of our nature requires work.

What project are you working on now?
I am finishing up a new parenting book titled Quiet Kids that I am THRILLED about. After that I will be finishing Dominus, book #3 and the final installment in the Requiem Series. Then...who knows! I have some special things in the works, but nothing I can talk too much about right now.

The first chapter is available from the publisher at this link!

Additional Titles by the author include:
Nonfiction:
· Quiet Kids (Coming in October 2013, from Prufrock Press)
· Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students
· 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids
Fiction:
· The Requiem Series: Lacrimosa, Libera Me and Dominus (coming Summer 2013)
· Transcend
· Short Stories: Dies Irae, Mea Culpa, Enigma

About Christine Fonseca

Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Using her training and expertise as an educational psychologist, Ms. Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Her titles include Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students and 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids and delve into the often misunderstood world of giftedness and emotional intensity. May, 2013 will bring the release of the much awaited The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World, a book for girls in grades 6-9 that focuses on developing strong resiliency skills. In addition to her nonfiction titles, Ms. Fonseca is the author of several YA novels including Lacrimosa (the Requiem Series) and the critically acclaimed YA thriller, Transcend. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.com

Author Links:

Website/Blog – http://christinefonseca.com
Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Fonseca-Author/226271671435
Twitter - http://twitter.com/chrstinef
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4077598.Christine_Fonseca 
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Fonseca/e/B003WJ6EIS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1361737271&sr=8-2-ent
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/authorchristine
Google+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/113615004883076235547/posts
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/user/cfon1?feature=mhee

6 comments:

  1. I love a good girl guide, especially one I can recommend to young teens who now feel they're too old for American Girl books.

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  2. That's exactly what I was aiming for! Thanks so much

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  3. When I first saw the cover, I thought it was fiction. This book sounds perfect. I could use it today. Great interview.

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  4. Haha! I just received in the mail today the sway I won from this book! Thanks again, Christine. I'm so in love with this idea.

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