Human interaction with Mrs. Gladys Furley, R.N. : expecting the unexpected

by Jukes, Mavis.

Format: Print Book 1996
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Clairton Public Library Junior Paperbacks J BP JUKE
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Junior Paperbacks
Call Number  J BP JUKE
Twelve-year-old River and her sixth-grade classmates handle the information from their sex education class in different ways, and it leads River to the conclusion that her older sister's unusual behavior is due to pregnancy.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-8. Are You There God?, It's Me, Margaret meets the '90s. Twelve-year-old River is learning a lot in her human interactions class. Although her period hasn't yet made an appearance, River has attended a "pad fest," where Mrs. Furley displayed the various types of maxis and minis; River knows what happens when the uterus sheds its lining and what happens when the egg is fertilized (although despite questions, Mrs. Furley seems reluctant to name the "fertilizer" ). River also learns all the signs of pregnancy, and when she observes that her older sister hasn't opened the new box of pads in two months, is constantly tired and occasionally nauseous, and may be taking a trip to Planned Parenthood, River comes to the obvious conclusion. Writing in a breezy, Paula Danziger^-like style, Jukes leads readers on a lively chase. The pregnancy plot is the best part of the book, especially its resolution, which finds that River has jumped to the wrong conclusion after all. Less successful is the class' torment of a favorite teacher, which doesn't make much sense. FYI: there's talk about honkers, pubic hair, and being "on the rag," but this is, after all, a human interactions class--and it is the '90s. --Ilene Cooper"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Full of broad humor and not-so-subtle ironies, this lighthearted novel shows how 12-year-old River learns the facts of life in a pilot sex education class taught in her school by peppy Mrs. Furley, a visiting nurse. If River does not have the courage to try on one of her sister's Kotex pads and "take it for a spin," as Furley suggests, the sixth grader does become well versed in the signs of pregnancy and soon becomes convinced that her teenaged sister is expecting a baby. Although the plot‘a string of miscalculated suspicions‘is unabashedly contrived, the characterizations, including River's down-to-earth mother and trod-upon homeroom teacher, are fresh and vivid. Relentless jests about PMS, pubic hair and panty liners become a little forced, but nonetheless demonstrate how well attuned Jukes (It's a Girl Thing) is to pre-adolescent concerns and attitudes about puberty. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Schools -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,1996
Other Titles Sex ed with Mrs. Gladys Furley, R.N.
Expecting the unexpected
Language English
Notes Line drawn through "Human interaction" on t.p and "Sex Ed" written in.
Description 132 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0385322429 (alk. paper)
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