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Children's Nonfiction Maturing

Girl in the Know

Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up

by (author) Anne Katz

illustrated by Monika Melnychuk

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
Maturing, Girls & Women, Adolescence
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price

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Out of print

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9


With a relaxed, conversational approach, Girl in the Know is a straight-talking little manual packed with everything a girl should know about the many changes she can expect in puberty and how to make her way through it all as smoothly as possible.

But there's way more than just the body basics --- the book is divided into three main sections (Your Body, Your Mind and Taking Care) where girls will find advice on their sexuality, mood swings, crushes, health and much more.

About the authors

Anne Katz, RN, PhD, works as a sexuality counselor and as an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba. She is the Editor of Nursing for Women's Health, a contributing editor for the American Journal of Nursing, and writes an advice column in Health for Women. Anne is author of Girl in the Know.

Anne Katz's profile page

Monika Melnychuk`s illustrations have been featured in Fashion18, Chickadee, Owl, UTNE Reader and the New York Times, among other publications. She is also the illustrator of Girl in the Know, and Centsibility in KCP`s Planet Girl series.

Monika Melnychuk's profile page


  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

This well-done primer will help guide girls through the physical and emotional changes that come with growing up. Using straightforward language and a no-nonsense approach, Katz's text explains puberty in a relaxed tone.

School Library Journal

... warm, straightforward, useful advice on a broad range of topics ...


Librarian Reviews

Girl in the Know: Your Inside-and-Out Guide to Growing Up

Puberty can be an exciting time for young girls but it can also be overwhelming. Being prepared for the physical changes as well as the emotional ones can really help a teenage girl cope. The author discusses everything from hygiene to healthy eating and staying safe. She encourages girls to explore new things, pursue interests and be open to different ideas as they learn about themselves and the world around them.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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