Parental Discretion Advised - Jumping Off Swings

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Jumping Off Swings (Candlewick, 2009) by Jo Knowles takes a frank look at teenage sexuality and pregnancy and how many are affected. The story is told in four different viewpoints: Ellie, who the guys say is happy to "hookup;" Corinne, Ellie's best friend; Josh, no longer a virgin; and Caleb, who's had a crush on Ellie for forever. The book is well-written and thoughtful. It's one of those where I want to yell at parents, "make sure your children feel loved and valued!"

Read more about author Jo Knowles at her website: www.joknowles.com.

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