Twelve-year-old Tahlia Wilkins is ready to kick off the perfect summer at the popular kid's pool party. But when the Red Goddess of Panties, aka her first period, arrives 24 hours before the pool party, it messes up all her plans. To make matters worse, her mom is out of town, and there's no way she's going to ask her dad for help! Tahlia always feared that growing up would be tough, but this is just not fair.
In order to save herself from total embarrassment, it will take all of Tahlia and her best friend Lily's scheming to keep her reputation — and her favorite jeans — from being ruined. Sneak off to the grocery store only to have the clerk price check your "goods" over the loudspeaker? Check. Trick your mature teenage neighbor into letting you use her bathroom to "rehome" some tampons? Check. Take a dip into a fountain to "borrow" some quarters for a bathroom period product dispenser? Check, check, check!
Debut author Karina Evans gives modern-day readers their own version of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret with a fun and truthful romp about friendship, puberty, and growing up.
"In the 24 hours between the onset of Tahlia’s period and the help that she finally gets from her parents, her first step into womanhood is filled with funny, albeit mortifying, moments that will have readers both laughing and sympathizing. While largely focused on bodily concerns, there are also messages about friendship and family matters. Quick-moving, lighthearted, and ultimately heartwarming, this first-person narrative will especially be enjoyed by readers awaiting or having recently experienced their first periods." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Apr 19, 2022|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|