Edited by Jessica Hein, Heather Holland, & Carol Kauppi


Being a teenage girl is not for the weak. 

From pen, brush, and tongue, girls and young women (ages 13-19) speak their truths, tell it like it is, and call for change. This collection of creative works is an exploration of young women’s identities, self-expression and voice. Contributors have spoken from city streets, suburban bedrooms, prairie farms, and reservation schools. Their voices are quirky and flirtatious, strong and adventurous, outraged and scared — and often are searching for truth. Taken collectively, the girls’ pieces read like a whispered conversation between friends. The contributors want to tell other girls that they are not alone in what they’re experiencing as they navigate adolescence. Each one invites you into a piece of her life as she makes her mark.

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About the Editors

Jessica Hein helped to design and develop GirlSpoken as part of a Woman’s Studies project at the University of Guelph. She is calling Halifax home while studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her own pens and brushes have led to her art-based work with girls and young women.

Heather Holland helped to design and develop GirlSpoken as part of a Woman’s studies project at the University of Guelph. She could fill several boxes with the writing she churned out in her own girlhood. She is currently living in Ottawa and working on her Masters in Social Work.

Carol Kauppi is a professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University. She has been engaged in research involving young people for more than 20 years. She lives in Sudbury, Ontario.

Product Information

  • Release: October 31, 2007
  • $19.95 Paperback
  • 208 Pages
  • 6.5 x 8
  • Teen Nonfiction
  • Ages 12-18 / Grades 8-12
  • Guided Reading: Z+
  • ISBN: 9781897187302


  • Character Education
    > Self-Esteem
    > Strong Female Role Models
  • Language Arts
    > Creative Writing
  • Health & Phys Ed
    > Body Image


Awards for GirlSpoken

  • Named in the 2009 Amelia Bloomer Project List, The American Library Association
  • Finalist for the 2009 Stellar Book Award

Praise for GirlSpoken

"This collection of stories, poems and art by young Canadian women is a true testament to the power of art in girls' lives... This exploration of the up and downs of being female is sometimes raw but always real. It is sure to strike a chord with its intended audience." - School Library Journal

"This enjoyable book compelled me to think about my role as a mother of teenage daughters and challenges teachers to think about the environments teenage girls need to thrive." - Professionally Speaking (The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers)