New book double-dares girls to have fun

“The Double-Daring Book for Girls” by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, c.2009, Collins, $26.99, 277 pages.

  • Monday, March 30, 2009 8:53pm
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“The Double-Daring Book for Girls” by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, c.2009, Collins, $26.99, 277 pages.


Say the word and you know it means either big trouble or bigger fun.

How about batiking? Or some quilling or knee knocking? That couldn’t possibly be boring. Would you do scoubidou?

Would you do it if someone dared you?

Sounds wild and a little dangerous, doesn’t it? Read “The Double-Daring Book for Girls” by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz, and find out more – if you dare.

So you’re looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon or a boring weekend. There’s nothing good on TV and you’ve played every video game in the house at least 10 times. You know you’ll be put to work if you ask to go to the mall, so that’s absolutely out of the question.

If you’ve got “The Double-Daring Book for Girls,” you’ll find plenty of awesome things to do.

Be a good sister by planning a party for a younger sibling. In this book, you’ll learn how to make piñatas from papier maché. Learn to juggle and waltz, make paper lanterns and paper beads, and find some easy, fun games that will keep little kids happy. These ideas, by the way, could make you a very popular babysitter this summer.

If action is more to your liking, you can read about football, cricket, lacrosse and pool in this book. Find some cool new ways to camp and learn how to read the stars and the moon while you’re out under them. Oh, and be sure to memorize the part about making a rope ladder. You never know when you might need a skill like that!

Tired of your hair color? Find out how you can (temporarily) dye it pink or purple by using a few things you have in your kitchen. If you’re a wordy-girl, you can learn the Greek alphabet and a few dozen killer Scrabble words. History-lovers will devour the chapters on cowgirls, astronauts and other daring women.

Still feeling a little wild and crazy? Then get this book, because “The Double-Daring Book for Girls” has an entire chapter devoted to getting you out of trouble.

When the kids get off school for vacation, how long does it take before you hear the B-word? If you’ve got “The Double-Daring Book for Girls” you may not hear “I’m bored” for months.

As a follow-up to 2007’s “Daring Book for Girls,” authors Buchanan and Peskowitz have once again collected dozens of quick crafts, rules for games and popular activities, empowering history tales, fun fashions and other things girls will love knowing and knowing how to do.

Moms and grandmas might note that this book is filled with things we used to do when we were kids. Because of that nostalgia factor, although this book is meant for 8-to-15-year-olds, Big Girls will love it, too.

If you’re running a church group or scout troop, or if you’re just looking to bust up the B-word this year, get a copy of “The Double-Daring Book for Girls.”

Go ahead. I dare you.

The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in West Salem, Wis., with her two dogs and 9,500 books.

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