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My Daughter is Growing Up. How Can I Help Her?
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Not So “Ah-mazing.” Duh, Mom.
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The Book Selection for April…Will it be “Ah-mazing?”

My Daughter is Growing Up. How Can I Help Her?

My daughter.  Just yesterday I seemed to notice her again, growing taller, holding herself with the air of a budding “tween”.  Even her facial features have changed.  Why is it kids seem to take another step towards maturity over night? Right now my daughter is in such an awesome place.  She has a great second grade teacher.  She does advanced mathwork.  Her friends are really good kids who have a positive influence on her.  Right now, this tight little group plays with dolls and is reading Harry Potter.  This is the kind of peer pressure parental dreams are made of….

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Not So “Ah-mazing.” Duh, Mom.

(Note:  The ending of this month’s book is revealed, so don’t read the final paragraph of this post if you want to be surprised!) I should have known.  Call it a gut feeling, having “been there” as a teenage girl and remembering the type of books I read during those years (about mean girls you love to hate) but I really, really wanted to be wrong about The Clique Summer Collection: Massie by Lisi Harrison.  This novel is an installment in “The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series.”  I wanted there to be a profound, socially-responsible message to tween- and teen-age girls, grounded…

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The Book Selection for April…Will it be “Ah-mazing?”

 April’s addition to “Twelve Books in 2014” fell into my lap…straight out of my daughter’s backpack.  The timing couldn’t have been better, arriving on the heels of March’s book, Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. When I saw the sassy-appearing teen girl on the cover of The Clique Summer Collection:  Massie by Lisi Harrison, my eyebrows went up.  When I read the back cover, with its references to “The Pretty Committee” and “The Clique…the only thing harder than getting in is staying in.” I thought how Ms. Wiseman would eat Ms. Harrison (and her book) for breakfast.  However, upon further inspection of…

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