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I read about an alternative (to the makeup, clothes, boys, pop star) girls' magazine somewhere some time ago, but don't remember what it was called or who publishes it. Ring a bell with anyone? I vaguely remember that it might be written by girls themselves, no (or minimal) advertisement, articles on what real girls are doing (activism, community work, what not), girls' short stories and literature, etc. Maybe I was dreaming, but I'd love to start my 10 yo dsd on a subscription for pre-teens now that will have her turning her nose up at any mag she's introduced to later which features an ad for lip gloss or hair gel on every other page.
 

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New Moon is great! It is *the thing* among my 8 year old and her friends. So much so that we have started a "girl power" discussion group once a month, based in part on New Moon and it's subjects, AND all on their own the girls organized a "New Moon Club" where they all get together once a month and basically sit around and read New Moon magazine.

*I* love to read the New Moon magazines. Our library has been receiving it for years, and we have gone through all the back issues at least twice.

It is also part of our "mother daughter" time. When the next issue comes out, we take turns reading the articles aloud to each other. That way, L. gets to practice her reading, but even more importantly, we can discuss the subjects.

I can't recommend this magazine enough. My daughter LOVES it, and so do I.
 

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I can't wait to get our first issue! I wish it was a monthly.

I found Teen Voices at our library, and thought it would be great for when she's older, but still a little skeptical because although it's a quarterly, there were way too many articles on sex for my liking. One on date rape drugs, one on fathers' involvement when you have a baby, and one on birth control + all the educ. ads for abortion info. Yikes! I knew teens today are more active than in "my day" (as if it were that long ago), but are they really in need of that much info?!? I did like the other articles, and thought there might be opportunity for her to write or edit herself because we're only 20 or 30 miles from Boston where it's produced.

So, I'll keep looking. Anyone know of any others?
 

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It's already too late!!!!!!

OK, maybe I'm being a little melodramatic, but she hardly looked at it. I, on the other hand, stayed up late reading it cover to cover. I wonder who I subscribed for? Maybe it's the lack of photos, or the lack of color, or the lack of ads for blue-dyed foods, or Nickolodean television shows.

Maybe it will grow on her??????
 

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It might very well grow on her. We had it in the house for a few years before my daughter was interested in it or read well enough to enjoy it. Also, if she is not accustomed to reading or discussing serious things like some of the topics covered in New Moon it can probably be off-putting at first. I would keep the subscription and keep it on the shelf where she knows where to find it. If you read them then you'll be able to say, when a certain topic comes up, like women in Afghanistan, that there's a back article on that very subject she should read. If nothing else it is good to have on hand just as proof there is more to life, even for young people.
 

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A friend of mine gave us some old American Girl mags. At first I was like, Oh great, thanks so much :puke .

But actually it was pretty cool, full of arts and crafts, articles on different subjects, like adoption, travel, etc. Definately not as serious or indepth as New Moon, but still an alright magazine.

Lori
 
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