Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Key Life Skills for Girls; Author Aims to Help Tweens Navigate Complexities of Life

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Key Life Skills for Girls; Author Aims to Help Tweens Navigate Complexities of Life

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Byline: Letea Cavander

THE more things change for girls growing up the more they remain the same, according to author Kaz Cooke. The writer and advice guru should know. She surveyed 4000 teenage and 'tween-age girls' for her books, Girl Stuff, and also used the information gathered from the survey for her new 'little sister' book, Girl Stuff For Girls Aged 8-12.

Some universal truths about girls' thoughts came to light throughout the survey process.

"It was interesting because although Girl Stuff came out in 2008 or 2009, I think, apart from a couple of medical things, and certainly the online and app stuff, not a lot changes," Cooke said.

"The things that affect girls, I suspect, girls felt the same things in the 1920s or 1950s.

"They're looking for the rules, for the recipe of how to be. And it's tough out there without help."

The author's task with her latest book was to re-write her book designed for teenagers, for a younger audience. She left out a lot of stuff girls aged from 8-12 do not need to know.

"They just need to know what to be going on with so they're not blindsided or freaked out by getting their period at age nine, or have other body changes happen to them," Cooke said.

The book is slimmer in format. It is also brighter and full of Cooke's own cartoons, which long-term readers know are a staple of the author's publications.

Cooke has tackled many subjects in her publishing career. She became a journalist upon leaving school, at 18, and then turned her hand to book writing and became a published author at age 26. Now 53, Cooke has written books about growing up, pregnancy, looking after toddlers and other women's issues.

The rise of social media, the author said, was something that had changed significantly since the first edition of Girl Stuff was published in the late 2000s.

"I have tried to give one thing in Girl Stuff 8-12, which is really important, is a list of 15 things parents need to know about phones and apps and being online before they give a phone to their girl. …

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