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Friends Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, Elizabeth Ocello, (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Friends Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack and Nicole Ben Jacob, 11, of Garden City dance around. Morgan and Elizabeth, who wear braces to correct their scoliosis, met through the Curvy Girls' Long Island chapter. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Meet the Long Island Curvy Girls

Nine young Long Islanders with scoliosis -- a condition that causes their spines to grow curved instead of straight -- contributed to a new book called "Straight Talk with the Curvy Girls: Scoliosis: Brace Yourself for What You Need to Know. Here, photos of some of the girls from the Long Island Curvy Girls chapter.

Dana Fauth, now 17, of Fort Salonga, took

Dana Fauth, now 17, of Fort Salonga, took this self-portrait; it is the cover of the new book "Straight Talk With the Curvy Girls." Fauth will be a senior at Kings Park High School. (Undated)

Jenna Stern, 21, of Plainview and her mom,
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Jenna Stern, 21, of Plainview and her mom, Patrice Stern, contributed to the book "Straight Talk With the Curvy Girls." Each wrote an essay about Jenna's scoliosis treatment, and Jenna did the illustrations in the section on fashion.

Jenna Stern, 21, of Plainview and her mom,
(Credit: Handout)

Jenna Stern, 21, of Plainview and her mom, Patrice Stern, contributed to the book "Straight Talk With the Curvy Girls." Each wrote an essay about Jenna's scoliosis treatment, and Jenna did the illustrations in the fashion section of the book.

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Here is an x-ray of the spine of
(Credit: Handout)

Here is an x-ray of the spine of Leah Stoltz when she was 11 years old. (May 25, 2004)

Dana Fauth, now 17, of Fort Salonga, took
(Credit: Handout)

Dana Fauth, now 17, of Fort Salonga, took this self-portrait. It's the cover of the new book "Straight Talk With the Curvy Girls." Fauth will be a senior at Kings Park High School. (Undated)

Friends Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, Elizabeth Ocello,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Friends Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack and Nicole Ben Jacob, 11, of Garden City dance around. Morgan and Elizabeth, who wear braces to correct their scoliosis, met through the Curvy Girls' Long Island chapter. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Gina Ocello of Commack gets a kiss from
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Gina Ocello of Commack gets a kiss from her 11-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. Elizabeth needs to wear a brace for about 18 hours a day to correct her scoliosis. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, with the Boston
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, with the Boston TLSO brace that she wears for about 18 hours a day to correct her scoliosis. (Aug. 30, 2013)

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A Curvy Girls T-shirt. (Aug. 30, 2013)
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

A Curvy Girls T-shirt. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, gets help with
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, gets help with her back brace from her mom, Gina. Elizabeth needs to wear her brace for about 18 hours a day to correct her scoliosis. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, shows the back
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, shows the back brace that she must wear about 18 hours a day to correct her scoliosis. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante, 12 of Lynbrook, wear braces to correct their scoliosis. They met at the Curvy Girls' Long Island chapter. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook get a visit from social worker Robin Stoltz, co-author of the book "Straight Talk from the Curvy Girls." Her daughter, Leah, started the Curvy Girls' Long Island chapter. (Aug. 30, 2013)

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Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook get a visit from social worker Robin Stoltz, co-author of the book "Straight Talk from the Curvy Girls." Her daughter Leah started the Curvy Girls' Long Island chapter. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, tries on a
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, tries on a new shirt over her brace. She wears a brace for about 18 hours a day to correct her scoliosis. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, wear braces to correct their scoliosis. They met through the Curvy Girls' Long Island chapter. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, shows off a
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack, shows off a new shirt to Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Curvy Girl buddies Elizabeth Ocello, 11 of Commack,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Curvy Girl buddies Elizabeth Ocello, 11 of Commack, and Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook. (Aug. 30, 2013)

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Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, braids the hair
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, braids the hair of her friend Elizabeth Ocello, 11, of Commack. (Aug. 30, 2013)

A Curvy Girls T-shirt. (Aug. 30, 2013)
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

A Curvy Girls T-shirt. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, wears inspiring bracelets.
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Morgan Pozolante, 12, of Lynbrook, wears inspiring bracelets. (Aug. 30, 2013)

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