I am strong because I can lift my own weight. I am smart not just because I get As. I am bold because I am not afraid to stick up for my rights.
Girls Inc. Presents: You're Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self by Claire Mykso
Adams Media, July 2008
For ages 9-12
What's an amazing girl like? She asks questions because she knows it's okay not to know the "right" answer. She tries new things because she knows the power of learning from mistakes. She knows how to take pride in her accomplishments, no matter how big or small.
It isn't easy for a girl to embrace what makes her amazing.
Inspired by The Supergirl Dilemma report, in which more than 1,000 girls shared their stories of feeling pressure to be perfect, You're Amazing! is a girl's guide to giving up the quest to be "super" and to start celebrating what makes her amazing. Packed with Girls Inc. activities, quizzes, insight from girls and older teens, and advice from women role models, the book gives girls the tools and tips to feel good about who they are. You're Amazing! addresses the issues challenging girls today—from family to school to crushes to the future—and encourages girls to find the inner voice that makes them unique, special, and above all, amazing.
Girls Inc. Presents: You're Amazing! Special Feature: Taking Mother-Daughter Communication to the Next Level
Girls Inc. asked mother-daughter duo Madeleine and Miranda to tell us what they thought of You're Amazing! "It'll take you places in your relationship with your children," said Madeleine. Meanwhile, Miranda said she thinks the book should be required reading for all middle school-aged girls.
Check out some highlights from the conversation.
Miranda talks about how what real girls said in You're Amazing! made her feel less alienated by pressures associated with the Supergirl Dilemma:
Madeleine and Miranda discuss the new understanding they reached after reading the book's chapter on "Friends":
Miranda explains that You're Amazing! sends an affirming message that both girls and their parents need:
Check out what others have said about You're Amazing!
"A great tool to help tween girls prepare for and overcome school drama, friend drama, and even a bit of body drama!"
-- Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling author of BODY DRAMA
"Every girl is amazing and this easy-to-follow guide helps girls finally believe it—and live it—for themselves! You're Amazing! is a must-read, interactive book for every girl and girl advocate who wants to bust past 'the supergirl dilemma' to become her super best self instead. This heartfelt book ultimately shows girls that they're not alone in the pressures they face and reveals how they can choose what they really want. It is both a revelation and a revolution!"
-- Courtney Macavinta, founder of RespectRx.com and co-author of Respect: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed
"I'm buying this book for every girl I know. Actually, make that every girl and woman I know. Claire Mysko pinpoints all the things that can erode self-confidence in this age group and then shows you what to do about them. You're Amazing! deals with adolescence with the same thoughtfulness and care that Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia did. Two words for this book: it's amazing."
-- Hannah Seligson, author of New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches
"If only every book for girls had a message like this one. Claire Mysko and Girls Inc. share an essential message of self-worth with smarts and savvy."
-- Sarah Burningham, author of How to Raise Your Parents
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