News > Girl in a Funk

Girl in a Funk
Quick Stress Busters (and Why They Work)

As inevitable as leg stubble and hopeless hair days is the stress that comes with being a teen. Girl in a Funk (May 2007; Zest Books; $9.95 US; 96 pages; four-color illustrations; ISBN-13: 978-09772660-9-8) tackles the emotional and physical roller coaster that is teen life, with tons of easy ideas for restoring energy, defrazzling minds, and bringing a sense of calm to anyone who is just plain mad, moody, or overwhelmed.

Readers learn how techniques as simple as deep breathing, counting to ten, and having a good laugh can make all the difference between losing your mind and finding serenity. And, for those who doubt that they can dance, dream, or even smell themselves out of stress, each technique comes with a straightforward explanation of the science and theory behind the method—one more reason for total peace of mind!

For more information, review copies, author interviews, excerpts or images, please contact Zest Books publicity department at 415.777.8654 or

Girl in a Funk
Quick Stress Busters (and Why They Work)

by Tanya Napier and Jen Kollmer
May 2007; $9.95 US;
96 pages; four-color illustrations; paperback original
Ages 12+, Teen nonfiction
ISBN-13: 978-09772660-9-8

Tanya Napier is a writer, designer, and art director. Her work has been published in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. She is also the author and designer of The Totally TEA-riffic Tea Party Book. Tanya grew up in England, graduated from Brown University, and now resides in San Francisco.

Jen Kollmer is a San Francisco-based freelance writer, a filmmaker, and a former engineer. Her dramatic works have been published in Fourteen Hills journal and staged at the Kennedy Center and in the Marin Headlands.