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Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls
By authors: Deb Loughead, Jocelyn Shipley
Selling Points: "Femininity, short stories"
Publisher: Sumach Press
Pub Date: Mar/01/2009
Pages: 192
Fiction Ages 12-16
Price:  $12.95
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A brash new collection of fifteen original stories about girls who stand against convention, and girls who wish they could. In turn hilarious, edgy, comforting and intense, the collection is about holding back and letting loose, about sex and glamour and common sense. The girls in these stories have to deal with whatever life decides to throw at them. Some approach their challenges in startling ways. The innovative stories are all about taking pride in wearing our bodies just the way they are. Touching on a range of issues from cosmetic surgery and makeup, to body-image and sexuality, these stories challenge stifling mainstream notions of beauty and femininity.

Toronto writer and poet Deb Loughead is the author of sixteen books for children and young adults, including Time & Again. Jocelyn Shipley's books for teens include Getting a Life, Cross My Heart and Seraphina's Circle. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, and on Vancouver Island.

VOYA - February 1, 2009
"There is something for everyone in these fifteen original stories...a pleasing mix of humor and angst. Perhaps the most refreshing element of the book is the solid chorus of girls who push aside cultural stereotypes and maternal expectations to become their best selves."
CM Magazine - December 5, 2008
"The stories from Cleavage will buoy [teenage girls] up and remind them that they, too, will survive...Highly recommended."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"The stories send positive messages that girls of that age need."
Quill & Quire - December 1, 2008
"Smart and satisfying tales. The dialogue is sharp and believably teenaged, the content often embarassingly true to life, and the tone is never condescending...An eminently readable collection here, one that may be as enlightening and enjoyable for mothers as their teenage daughters."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2008
ALA Amelia Bloomer List, commended  US  2010

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