Madonna KingBeing 14

Is your daughter 14? Are you struggling to know what’s going on inside her head? Are you worried? This is the book that can help you understand how she’s feeling, what she’s thinking and what you need to do to help her navigate her tricky teens to become a fabulous woman. Local journo Madonna King has interviewed 200 14-year-old girls across the country, talked to successful school principals, psychologists, CEOs, police, guidance and neuroscientists to reveal the social, psychological and physical challenges every 14-year-old girl is facing today. How much independence do they need? What is the power of a friendship group? How do you help build self-confidence? Why the obsession with selfies, social media and FOMO? How are parents unknowingly making life so much harder for them? Overwhelmingly, these young girls – on the brink of womanhood – struggle to tell their parents how they feel. That’s why BEING 14 gives you the answers you are looking for. It’s your daughter, talking to you. And her hope, beyond anything, is that you will listen.

Bloomsbury, $14.99


Dr Ramesh ManochaNurturing Young Minds

Being a teenager has never been easy, but the digital age has brought with it unique challenges for young people and the adults in
their lives. Nurturing Young Minds collects expert advice on how to tackle the terrors of the 21st Century and is a companion to Growing Happy, Healthy Young Minds. A comprehensive and easily accessible guide for parents, teachers, counsellors and health care professionals, this book contains important advice about managing online behaviour, computer game addiction and cyber bullying, as well as essential information on learning disorders, social skills and emotional health. Hatchette, $35

Hatchette, $35


Rebecca SparrowFind your tribe

The little black book of information that every teenage girl should read. Everybody knows high school can be tough. There are days when your favourite teacher tells you off. When the person you have a crush on fails to notice you even exist. When your best friend behaves more like your worst enemy. And when even the C-grade netball team thinks you’d be a dead weight and have the defending skills of a stapler. So how do you get through it? Laugh along with Brisbane-based Rebecca Sparrow as she reveals a few of her own less-than- shining-high-school-moments (like the time she accidentally set fire to her fake fingernails) but knows that whether it’s finding your tribe, your classroom or your confidence, this little black book will be an invaluable guide.

University of Queensland Press, $14.95



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