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Young Adult Novel: a dragon, a sandstorm and a girl with double eyelids

I'm looking for the title/author of a YA novel I read in the nineties. [more inside]
posted by puffyn on Aug 9, 2014 - 3 answers

Should I continue pursuing her?

Basically, there is this girl I really really like, and there are a few things that tell me that the feelings are mutual. But she has already told me... twice... That she just wants to be friends with me. The way she acts with me doesn't match what she says though. [more inside]
posted by AbePlaysGuitar on Jun 10, 2014 - 74 answers

BookFilter: Apocalypse novels for children

Back in 1987 or so, I read a children's/YA book that begins with a young girl who survives an end-of-the-world event (nuclear? meteor?) alone with her father and brother in a huge nuclear bunker. The second half of the book is about a girl with the same name who is a descendant of the survivors. Can you help me figure out what this book was? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Need help with English names for a half Japanese baby girl.

We are trying to think of names for our impending baby girl. I am American and my husband is Japanese. We plan to give her an English first name, Japanese middle and last name. We have settled on a middle name, Miyuki (美幸). So her name thus far is _______ Miyuki xxxxshi. Criteria for English name: [1] must be easily writable in katakana (For example, Wi- isn't great, or Gl-, or x. All of these sounds can be written, but they come out complicated.) [2] must not sound silly in Japanese (this is subjective and related to [1].) [3] must not end in a long e sound, since middle and last names already do. [4] Prefer a classical name (i.e. something my Grandma would recognize as a name) but no need for it to be especially popular right now. We'll probably avoid the top five or ten most popular names. We are NOT looking for names that do double duty (which is what most of the threads I've found are about). So, not Naomi (always the first name that gets trotted out in these situations). We want a name from each culture that the grandparents on the opposite side can pronounce and that the kid can write when she gets to kindergarten. I'd especially appreciate input from fluent Japanese speakers here, and/or members of mixed families. Thanks!
posted by telepanda on Aug 8, 2013 - 51 answers

Compact gifts for a 4 year old girl?

My wonderful niece is turning 4 soon and I'd like to mail her a small gift along with a birthday card. What are some good gifts under $40 for a girl that age, that are small and easy to mail? Bonus points if it fits in an envelope. A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Aug 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Birthday Gift for my 16 year old niece

My incredibly awesome niece is turning 16!!! we are close and I'd like to get her something special but have no idea what that could be. [more inside]
posted by supermedusa on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Picture information requestion - Camel with Girl

Does anyone happen to know the origin of or story behind this picture, of a camel and a (supposedly) Mongolian girl. This yahoo answer leads to a dead link.
posted by beisny on Jun 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Pls help me remember this french film about a poor girl...

I rented this film on VHS in 1999. It is about a younger french girl, living with her mother in a trailer park. Mother is a drunk, they are poor, she tries to get a job at a food stand at one point (??) There is love interest and conflict and some kind of crisis. I loved this movie and have thought about it often since I saw it but I am afraid that my memories may have started overwriting my recollections. She is a little bit of a feral child, medium length brown hair, very striking. Please help!
posted by n9 on Apr 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Novel about childhood in the American South

What was this young adult (or children's) novel I read about a girl growing up in Appalachia or the Ozarks? It might have actually been two different novels. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jan 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Good fantasy novels with female protagonists?

Try as I might, I can only think of one fantasy novel that I've ever (*ever*) read that had a girl as the main character. Can you suggest some for my 8yo daughter? [more inside]
posted by nonspecialist on Sep 1, 2012 - 90 answers

Who made this artwork?

Does anyone know the origins of this image? I am trying to use it for something and would like to contact the original artist: image.jpg I've checked TinEye, but no luck, since it's been reblogged many times.
posted by HylandErickson on Oct 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Fashion 101 for the Tall and Clueless

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me find this children's book about a girl and her hamster

Help me find a half-remembered children's book about a little girl and her pet, and what they say when they get the chance to speak one sentence to each other. [more inside]
posted by Encipher on Jul 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Is it normal to be a female and not have many (okay, any) close guy friends?

Is it normal to be a female and not have many (okay, any) close guy friends? Should I actively pursue friendships with guys? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on May 6, 2011 - 33 answers

Identify a science fiction/fantasy novel from the 1980s, possibly YA, where they lived in the trees and where talk of killing others was taboo?

Can you identify this book? I read it in the mid-1980s. It may or may not have been a YA (Young Adult) title. The protagonist was a young girl, and her society lived peacefully up in the trees. She was interested in seeing the world down on the surface. There may have been another society down there. At one point she lost her temper with someone (a pet?) and blurted out something like "I would like to dead you!" at which her family was shocked and horrified at her violent thoughts. I particularly remember being struck by that part, that she understood the concept of killing but didn't know the verb. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Dec 27, 2010 - 2 answers

Identify the music in this trailer

Does anyone know if the music in the English trailer for The Girl Who Played With Fire is original to the film, or if it was pilfered from somewhere else? SLYT
posted by New England Cultist on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 answers

Potty training challenge: she wears underwear, but won't go in the potty

My 2 1/2 year old wears underwear during the day, but will not actually pee or poop in the potty. She's completely dry except for nap time or bed time, when we put her in a diaper and she goes. How can we encourage her to use the potty? [more inside]
posted by mrstrotsky on Nov 4, 2010 - 20 answers

Wanting the wings was probably not the message they meant for me to take away.

Book-Finding Filter: I'm looking for a middle-grade book about a girl who buys a huge pair of wings and glues them to her back. [more inside]
posted by themissy on Oct 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Name This Baby

What should we name this unborn person (gender unknown)? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue on Aug 19, 2010 - 54 answers

I need a different perspective on what I should do...

So I've been seeing this girl with a fiancé, and I'm looking for some advice here... [more inside]
posted by Cubanisimo on Apr 17, 2010 - 45 answers

Help me stop sounding like a valley girl!

What are some tips in having better speech? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Dec 14, 2009 - 9 answers

How does quiet nerd girl attract type of man she wants?

22-year old relationship-newbie nerd girl seeks strong, silent men. Is it possible? In which context? Anything to do to better my chances? [more inside]
posted by Dukat on Mar 20, 2009 - 42 answers

You Know Who Else Read Books on Nazi Girls?

Does anyone recognize this book about a girl living in Nazi Germany? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen on Feb 6, 2009 - 7 answers

please cure a hopeless flutterpants.

I wish to woo. I want to woo. Will you waft to me wooing words of wisdom? [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Jan 16, 2007 - 37 answers

Suzuki Forenza "Elevator" Commercial?

I was riding in an elevator at work when I saw the Suzuki Forenza commercial "Elevator" come on. I'd like to get a copy of the commercial ... [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 24, 2006 - 5 answers

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