Cheverus School to host popular girls’ guidebook launch

MALDEN – The Cheverus School in Malden is set to host the launch of a new edition of the popular girls’ guidebook, “Girl to Girl: The Real Deal on Being a Girl Today,” on Feb. 16 at 6:30PM.

The practical, interactive book written by journalist and social worker Anne Driscoll has been updated for girls ages 8 to 12. The event will feature three NoBo residents involved in the project.

A portion of all books sold at the event will benefit the Cheverus School, a K-8 parochial school, and the event will take place in Monsignor Foley Hall at the Ferry Street entrance.

The program will include a presentation by Anne Driscoll, a longtime journalist and a licensed certified social worker, who has written for People, Teen People, CosmoGirl, Parenting, the New York Times and The Boston Globe.

She credits her daughters Maura and Marisa Fields, a new teacher at the Chevrus, with helping to develop the book.

“It’s fitting that this new edition of “Girl to Girl: The Real Deal on Being a Girl Today” will have its official launch at Cheverus, where my daughter Marisa is now teaching kindergarten, since she and her sister were very instrumental in contributing to the shape and content of this book,” said Driscoll, a resident of Swampscott.

In addition, Debra Gansenberg, MSW, LICSW, cofounder of New Beginning Counseling Services in Stoneham and director of School Services, will be part of the program.

George Ulrich, a Marblehead artist who illustrated Girl to Girl, will also be there. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

When “Girl to Girl: The Real Deal on Being a Girl Today” was initially released as one of the first self-help books for girls in 1999, it was well-received, selling more than 100,000 copies in its first year of publication through Element Children’s Books and Scholastic Book Club.

The idea behind the book is that girls are particularly strong in their ability to create and maintain relationships of all sorts — with parents, siblings, classmates, friends, and boys. By quoting scores of girls, the book validates girls’ experiences and puts them in connection to one another. The book also is intended to be interactive, with lots of quizzes, word banks, true-false tests, and fun exercises to do.

The newly published version is available for the first time in both paperback and electronically for the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. The books will also be available at bookstores everywhere, as well as at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit or


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