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In the Driver’s Seat
A Girl’s Guide to Her First Car

It’s a rite of passage—getting a first car. And it’s also one of the most important, exciting, and scary times in a teen girl’s life (and in her parents’ lives, too!). But though women make up more than half of the drivers on the road, most girls still don’t know the difference between a lug nut and a dipstick. A fun and empowering read, In the Driver’s Seat (October 2009; Zest Books; $14.95; 128 pages; two-color illustrations; paperback; ISBN-13: 978-0-9800732-4-9), by Erika Stalder, provides loads of important information, detailed illustrations, humorous commentary, professional advice, and little known tidbits of driving trivia for young women drivers. The result: Car ownership becomes a lot more fun and a lot less stressful.

This engaging, comprehensive, and entertaining guide teaches girls to get intimate with their four-wheeled friends. It includes info on:

• buying and insuring a car
• fixing minor problems
• learning what’s under the hood
• surviving emergency driving situations
• styling your ride

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In the Driver’s Seat
A Girl’s Guide to Her First Car

by Erika Stalder
October 2009; $14.95 US;
128 pages; two-color; illustrations; paperback original
Ages 15+, Teen nonfiction
ISBN-13: 978-0-9800732-4-9

Erika Stalder is a San Francisco-based writer who has contributed to Wired, Missbehave, Planet, and The Journal of Life Sciences, and worked with the International Museum of Women to produce the Imagining Ourselves anthology. She also currently writes the Dear Erika advice column for ABC Family’s The Secret Life of The American Teen website. Her other books include Zest Books’ Fashion 101, The Date Book, and 97 Things To Do Before Your Finish High School.