Girl Politics: Friends, Cliques, and Really Mean Chicks

(Paperback - Aug 2007)
$7.99 - Online Price
Parable recommended!


Yesterday you were BFFs, planning to go to the same college and be in each other s weddings. Today when you sat down at the lunch table, she and all her other friends just got up and left without saying a word, then started to giggle as they walked away. Your teacher says to ignore them, your mom says to try to talk to her about it, and your dad says this is just what kids do. What happened? You re angry, hurt, and wondering when is it just a girl thing and when is enough enough? You need some survival skills to protect yourself from girls who are out to hurt you, as well as tips to make your real friendships even more amazing. Girl Politics has all the info on friends, bullies, and what to do when the girls you hang out with are both."


  • SKU: 9780310712961
  • UPC: 025986712969
  • SKU10: 0310712963
  • Title: Girl Politics: Friends, Cliques, and Really Mean Chicks
  • Series: Faithgirlz! (Paperback)
  • Qty Remaining Online: 19
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Date Published: Aug 2007
  • Pages: 152
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Age Range: 9 - 12
  • Grade Level: 4th Grade thru 7th Grade
  • Weight lbs: 0.33
  • Dimensions: 8.42" L x 6.34" W x 0.44" H
  • Features: Table of Contents, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian, Illustrated, Ikids
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical;
  • Category: ISSUES (BOOKS)
  • Subject: Religious - Christian - General

Chapter Excerpt

Chapter One

What's a Girl Thing . AND WHAT'S NOT?

Emily Ellen Edwards was having a very strange day.

It started to get weird when she slipped into her usual seat on the school bus. Her best friend Lara Lillo was there, of course. But this morning she barely gave Emily a glance before she zipped her eyes back to someone in the seat in front of them.

It was Katy Cuthbert - the girl who practically kept the price tags on her clothes so everyone would know how expensive they were. She even had her nails done - in the fifth grade - hello-o! Emily and Lara and the rest of their friends didn't talk to her that much because obviously Katy thought she was way better than they were.

But there she was, hands cupped around Lara's ear, whispering into it. Whispering. Like a best friend.

When Katy turned to another Price Tag Girl who slipped in beside her at the next stop, Emily caught Lara by the sleeve and hissed into her other ear.

"What's going on?"


"What was Katy Cutthroat talking to you about?"

"Nothing," Lara said.

Emily lowered her chin. "Hello-o! She was flapping her lips, like, nine hundred miles an hour. She must have been sayingsomething."

Lara rolled her eyes. "Something about herself-of course."

Okay. That was better.

When they got to school and everyone was in their seats, Emily wrote Lara a note.

I'm glad you're my best friend.

Lara wrote back, Totally.

Then why, when it was time to pick their groups for the social studies project, did Lara let Katy drag her into the circle she'd made with the other girls who had French manicures?

"Come on, Em," Lara said over her shoulder.

Emily followed, feeling like a pitiful puppy.

Katy patted the chair beside her for Lara to sit in. That left no place for Emily. Katy gave Emily a smile like the plastic lips on Mr. Potato Head.

"Looks like you'll have to find a different group," Katy said.

"I could pull up another chair," Emily said.

"We have enough people," Katy said.

Emily looked quickly at Lara, but she was staring down at her cuticles. Her cheeks were the color of cranberries.

"La-ra," Emily said between tightened teeth.

"Sorry," Lara said. She didn't even look up.

Emily stumbled over to her two almost-best friends, who had obviously witnessed the entire scene. They pulled a chair in close to theirs and tugged Emily into it. Kimberly's eyes were blazing. Mary Elizabeth's were shooting glares at Lara like little gun barrels.

"I can't believe Lara did that to you!" Kimberly said in a whisper.

"To us," Mary Elizabeth said, not in a whisper.

Kimberly leaned toward Emily. "Don't even worry about it, Em. We'll have our own group."

"And not just for this project." Mary Elizabeth shot a few more eye bullets at Lara. "For real. Like, all the time."

"Just wait 'til she tries to sit with us at lunch," Kimberly said. "Then she'll see how it feels."

Mary Elizabeth nodded. "That's what she gets for ditching us. Right, Em?"

"Sure," Emily said in a tiny voice. But she wanted to shout, Lara! What just happened? We're best friends!

Her mind spun. This was really strange. It was absolutely weird.

And it hurt like nothing else.

now what?

If you are a girl between the ages of eight and twelve, you have probably faced something like what Emily is going through. Or maybe your situation has been more like Lara's, or Kimberly and Mary Elizabeth's, or even Katy's. If none of those kinds of things have happened to you, they just might. That's because you're still learning about friendship, which, though fun, can get pretty complicated. This book is here to help you

* know what real friendship is like, * fix the mistakes everyone makes from time to time in relationships, * avoid the major bummers like cliques and bullying, and * help make your girl community a safe place for every girl to be her true self.

Let's get back to poor Emily. What do you think she should do about Lara, about Mary Elizabeth and Kimberly, and about Katy and the Price Tag Girls? Decide what you would say to her if you were there with her and write it in the space below. There are no right or wrong answers, so be honest. If, as you read the rest of this book, you discover something that makes you change your mind about how to encourage Emily, you'll have a chance to "talk" to her again in the last chapter.

Here's the Deal

Can you imagine what it would be like not to have at least one girlfriend? Think about it. What would you do

* at lunchtime?

* at recess?

* when something freaky happened to you?

* when something cool happened to you?

* when you were bored?

* when your feelings were hurt?

Even worse, how would you feel? (Hopefully you don't feel that way right now, but if you do, this book can really help. Read with hope.)

Circle any of these words that describe what it would be like to be girlfriend-less. Add your own if you think of some.




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