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from pen, brush & tongue
Nonfiction Ages 12+
Pages: 0
Themes: Identity, self-expression, voice
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2008
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From pen, brush, and tongue, girls and young women (ages 13-19) speak their truths, tell it like it is, and call for change. This collection of creative works is an exploration of young women's identities, self-expression and voice. Their voices are quirky and flirtatious, strong and adventurous, outraged and scared —and often are searching for truth. Taken collectively, the girls' pieces read like a whispered conversation between friends. The contributors want to tell other girls that they are not alone in what they're experiencing as they navigate adolescence. Each contributor invites you into a piece of her life.

School Library Journal - November 1, 2008
"This collection of personal stories, poems, and art by young Canadian women is a true testament to the power of the arts in girls' lives. "
CM Magazine - March 1, 2008
"girlSpoken contains the words and artwork of girls teetering on the brink between girlhood and adulthood. The contributors comment on the power of words and self-expression, and while they donĂ­t hold back in expressing pain and heartbreak, their message is ultimately hopeful. This book belongs where girls can pick it up and browse."


CCBC Best Books  | 2008 | Commended
ALA Amelia Bloomer List  | 2009 | Commended

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