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Books for Tweens and Teen Girls

Secrets: You Tell Me Yours and I'll Tell You Mine Maybe - Only $8.95. Top 50 Reviews of love the book. You can read their reviews here:

Product Description:

Following on the heels of the best-selling book The Truth, SECRETS is the continuing diary of a girl moving into her teen-age years. The Girl has plenty to fill her journal. The pages reveal a new school, a new baby in the family, new friends, a new guy and a new set of issues to face. Share the secret world of an almost-teen as she learns which secrets to share and which to keep to herself.

About the Author:

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist, is the creator of The Enchanted Self,(r) a systematic way of helping to bring more joy, meaning and purpose into our lives. Dr. Holstein has been a school psychologist for more than twenty five years. She has taught elementary school children and was an assistant professor of education at Boston University. She has been in private practice …


What are your writing goals? Do you have any? If you intend to write, you have to make commitments to yourself. Yes, to yourself. You need to set goals that are reachable and maybe a bit challenging. If you are a writer, you know that writing itself is a challenge. There isn’t a day that passes that you shouldn’t write.

Have you been published? No? Well, that’s your fault.

Time? Do you have problems with that four-letter word too? Everyone does. It’s one of those words that creep up on your whether you want it or not. You have to make the time. You are responsible for your time. You can sneak in five or ten minutes at lunch time, bedtime, early morning. Do you drive to work? Get a little handheld recorder. You don’t have to hold it to your mouth in order for it to work. This may be a great time to do some description of settings, people and your surroundings.

Here’s a simple plan:

1) Goal: I will write five minutes per day, no matter what!
2) Write: I will write anything, for five minu…


From the book - Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach

Writing About Scene – Rent two or three movies you’ve liked a lot and watch them, thinking about scene. How does the director manage scene? What exactly is the starting point of a given scene? Where does it end? Are there interruptions of any kind? If you were to convert the scene to writing, what would be necessary to provide a similar mood? What information comes from the actors? What from the cinematographer? What from the director? Try blocking out a favorite scene from a film on paper, then try writing a section of it in prose.
Now turn back to your own writing. How would a director (and her huge staff) film your scene? What directions would you have to give to have it come out just the way you see it? Try turning your scene into a film script, including not just dialogue but camera directions, advice to actors, and set notes. What’s needed? What’s extra?
Last-back to memoir mode-revise your scene to reflect what you’ve discover…


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Recent reports have noting that movie theaters are losing money as the result of being forced to change the seats in the cinemas from 19 inches wide to 21 inches wide gave me a momentary chuckle but then left me thinking about weight issues that kids, and especially tweens and young teens have to deal with. All of these issues, including eating disorder syndromes, are magnified for tweens and young teens, as they develop emotionally and physically, while confronting social, academic and peer pressures.
Here is a list of seven ways to help our kids from the time they are very young to feel comfortable in their own bodies by the time they are tweens and teens. Let me know what you think of the list!

1. Praise your children for their positive ac…
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