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Hello, Groin
By author: Beth Goobie
Selling Points: Sexuality, relationships, personal integrity, LGBTQ
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2006
Lexile Level: 910
Pages: 292
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $19.95
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"Anyway, why does that part of your body have to be treated like a wild animal that should be caged and controlled? Why can't it be about decency and honor, and what's true and good? And wise," I added defiantly, crossing my arms over my chest.

When Dylan Kowolski agrees to create a display for her high school library, she has no idea of the trouble it's going to cause—for the school principal, her family, her boyfriend Cam and his jock friends, and her best friend Jocelyn. And for Dylan herself. If only her English class had been studying a normal, run-of-the-mill, mundane book like Lord of the Flies instead of Foxfire things wouldn't have gotten so twisted. Then the world wouldn't have gone into such a massive funk. And then Dylan wouldn't have had to face her deepest fear and the way she was letting it run her life.

Hello, Groin presents a compelling, realistic and refreshing look at teen sexuality and one girl's struggle to make the difficult choices that face her.
Quill & Quire - December 15, 2006
"Frank and courageous fiction for young people...Goobie handles [her characters'] sexual feelings and actions with sensitivity but complete candour."
Resource Links - December 1, 2006
"This is an important novel...Highly recommended."
School Library Journal - December 1, 2006
"The raw language and sexually explicit scenes are appropriate for these characters as developed by the author. Teens who are experiencing emotional upheaval themselves and who don't have supportive families will gain from the personal validation that the author provides. As in her previous novels, Goobie stresses the value of all individuals, and their right to their own space in this world."


Saskatchewan Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2006
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2006
CLA Young Adult Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2007
YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee, short-listed  US  2007
White Ravens List, commended  US  2007
PSLA Top Forty, commended  US  2006
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007

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