In this essential guide to growing up, acclaimed author and former teacher James Dawson gives readers the gritty truth to what's going on with their bodies, how to survive on the social food chain and much more!
Here are some FAQs from James on the book, read them all on his website.
Why did you want to write Being A Boy?
I knew from my teaching career that there is NOTHING quite like Being A Boy on the market. Sure, there are plenty of textbooks about puberty, but few tackle boy's worries and they rarely have a sense of humour. What's more, they are aimed at children not teens, and, I believe, don't give the full story.
Is it just for heterosexual boys?
Absolutely not. Gay, bi or straight, all young men are going through the same things – puberty, first love, heartbreaks and virginity loss! Although some sections on biology may be different, the book is totally relevant for young trans guys too.
Is pornography covered?
Yes. It's around whether you like it or not and it has to be addressed. Being A Boy sets out the difference between porn and sex ed. I break down what's real, what's fun, what's fake and what's damaging. I also discuss 'sexting' and legal matters surrounding young people and sex.
Is it funny?
I hope so! If you can't laugh at a willy what can you laugh at? Getting a twelve year old guy to read anything can often be challenging so I sugared the pill with laughs while the talented Spike Gerrell provides the awesome and hilarious illustrations.