Our All-Time Favorite Book for Tween Girls

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There are so many books for tween girls.

Some are great, some are awful.  This is our favorite.

The tween years are a tough age.  Not teens, not really little, not so cute anymore either.  They struggle to fit in.  Differences in development begin to really stand out. That’s why this book is our all-time favorite must-read for tween girls..

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If you grew up in the ’70s or ’80s I guarantee you read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret?

 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Paperback) – CommonAre You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (Paperback) - Common


I can also guarantee upon hearing the name of the book, it is completely necessary to say…

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As well as know that you tried it yourself, you know, just in case it really works. Come on, you so know you did.

This coming of age book is a classic written in 1970 is timeless.

I recently re-read it with my daughter since she just started her first period. As well as included it in How to Make Her an Amazing First Period Survival Kit.

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If you grew up and didn’t read this book with your friends, run and get it to read with your daughter, niece or another special girl in your life. You won’t regret it.

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It’s written from a sixth graders point of view, so it doesn’t get overly mature, not by today’s standards anyway. It’s a great lead-in for open conversations. About boys, periods, sex and boobs.

We read together each night, her with her book, me with mine. But I purposely interrupted her a few times to join in on what she was reading, so that she would feel comfortable to do the same as she went along.

So much giggling with this book. Me included.

You’ll laugh along together with Margaret and her friends while they meet in their secret club. Where they talk about boys, sex and wait in anxious anticipation to “get it” and tell their friends.

They endure the tween humiliation of bra shopping with their moms. We even go with Margaret to the store to buy pads so she can practice.

The newest version has been updated to use adhesive pads. But the old version I read 35 years agoWTF by the way… explained in all it’s hilarity, Margaret practicing with “belted sanitary napkins”. At least I was spared having to actually use those.

Though my mother once sent me to buy like 10 boxes of pads to use up coupons that were ready to expire. We like these tween pads by the way.

She was working so I had to go buy them, pay for them, use coupons and walk home carrying them all. I was about 13.

Seriously remember imagining every car going by knew what I was carrying. Nice one Mom. As if skinny AF, braces and department store perm wasn’t bad enough.

In the delight that is middle school friendships, Margaret learns a powerful lesson on gossip and empathy.  For friendship tips…we just found this fabulous book.

 A Smart Girl’s Guide: Friendship Troubles (Revised): Dealing with fights, being left out & the whole popularity thing (American Girl: a Smart Girl’s Guide)A Smart Girl's Guide: Friendship Troubles (Revised): Dealing with fights, being left out & the whole popularity thing (American Girl: a Smart Girl's Guide)


The girls all develop at different rates like in real life and this resonates with the ones who are self-conscious for developing first and the ones who are still eagerly waiting.

It discusses other coming of age topics like when Margaret is trying to decide which faith is right for her.

Prompted by a school assignment she begins exploring Christianity and Judaism. Her parents have an interfaith marriage and raised her without practicing either religion, choosing to let her explore each one and decide for herself.

This is a significant part of the book since she frequently talks with God about her day along with her worries about growing up.

My daughter was hesitant to read it at first since mom recommendations are the definition of lame to middle schoolers everywhere.

But she really enjoyed it. She described it as “Awesome, funny and interesting.”

Mom win.  I’ll take ’em when I can.

How about you?  Do you remember this book?  Let’s hear it in the comments. 

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6 thoughts on “Our All-Time Favorite Book for Tween Girls”

    • Hey Mel, Such a fun memory. Even without daughters so many girls everywhere to inspire and support. Loving your blog and your newsletters, by the way, you’re inspiring this girl. Thanks for the share and for stopping by. 🙂

  1. The tween years are definitely a challenge… particularly for moms. ? My girls are now 16 and 18, and while the teen years have their own special challenges, I am frankly glad to be past the tween years. But yes, AYTG is an AWESOME book, and both my girls read and loved it. 🙂

    • Hey Abbi, With 1 girl and two boys, 1 older than her, 1 younger, all sooo different, I am sure we are in for a ride. Thanks so much for popping over. Even though I’m a blogger and not a freelance writer, I’m really enjoying your blog. Love your about me page, it gave me goosebumps, and how your posts include your family. It makes it seem so real and doable rather than either too technical or all rah rah make millions your first year.


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