What Girls Are Made of

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5.6 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Elana K. Arnold is the award-winning author of many books for children and teens, including The House That Wasn't There, the Printz Honor winner Damsel, the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of, and the Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat. She is a member of the faculty at Hamline University's MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. You can find her online at elanakarnold.com.


"Stunning in its honesty and depth, What Girls Are Made Of unapologetically examines the strength, determination, and vulnerability of girls. This book is for anyone who is a girl, was a girl, or wishes to glimpse the interwoven beauty and pain that comes with being a girl. With gorgeously spare prose, Elana K. Arnold has created a masterpiece that is sure to live long in the memory of readers."--Brandy Colbert, author of the Cybils Award-winner Pointe

-- (7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"Finally, finally, a book that is fully girl, with all of the gore and grace of growing up female exposed. Arnold's gorgeous prose takes us to all sorts of places to show us what girls are made of: a high-kill animal shelter, an abortion clinic, a bridge to nowhere that adventure seekers bungee-jump from, and all the way to Italy, to the sites of classical and religious art, where our narrator Nina learns the sacred tradition of how stories are told via the contortion and pain of a woman's body. If you're looking to enter the mind of a girl navigating sex, love, and her own physicality, look no further than What Girls Are Made Of." --Carrie Mesrobian, author of the William C. Morris finalist Sex & Violence

-- (7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"Beautifully written and evocative, What Girls Are Made Of fearlessly examines the courage and struggle of being a teenage girl in the modern world. With a deft hand, Elana K. Arnold opens up a conversation about how girls survive as a whole when they are too often acknowledged only for their parts."--Christa Desir, author of Other Broken Things

-- (7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"We think we know what girls are made of. But not always. And Elana K. Arnold removes the veil--which is as gory as often as it is gauzy. What Girls Are Made Of shows the true, beautiful, and confounding complexity of women. This one will rip your heart out."-- Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game Of Love and Death

-- (7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM)

"Arnold interweaves myriad landscapes . . . into a narrative wholeness that is greater than its parts. Unflinchingly candid, unapologetically girl, and devastatingly vital."--starred, Kirkus Reviews

-- (2/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)

"[H]arsh and beautiful, distant and immediate, furious and anguished."--Leila Roy, Kirkus Reviews Blog

-- (4/17/2017 12:00:00 AM)

"Pair this with McGinnis' The Female of the Species for a nuanced look at the complications of girlhood."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

-- (4/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)

"[D]escribes all things 'girl' in the brutally honest way. . . . Teen girls should read this book, even if it is not easy."--VOYA

-- (4/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)

"Smart, true, and devastating, this is brutally, necessarily forthcoming about the crags of teen courtship."--Booklist

-- (2/15/2017 12:00:00 AM)

"The author presents a hopeful conclusion as Nina learns that self-love and fulfillment can be found through helping others. Because of its complex symbolism and graphic imagery, this well-written novel is best suited to mature YA readers."--School Library Journal

-- (1/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)