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Expecting the Unexpected

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BY mavis jukes

Twelve-year-old River doesn’t know what to expect when she walks into Mrs. Gladys B. Furley, R.N.’s sixth grade Human Interaction class. Mrs. Furley’s innovative approach to sex education includes the suggestion that her female students test out a pad or two. River, who hasn’t started her period yet, finds herself anxiously waiting for the boxes of pads to be open in the bathroom at home, knowing full well her sister would have had to use one. But months go by before the boxes open. Could someone be expecting? In this charming novel, River becomes more aware of life’s challenges, but manages to survive them all with a little help from Mrs. Gladys B. Furley.

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