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A Field Guide to High School Kindle Edition

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Length: 146 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up

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Grade 7–9—When Claire heads off to Yale (early admission), she leaves her eighth-grade sister a book entitled A Field Guide to High School. In it, she explains the key to running the social and academic gambit at their private school, and discusses the elements of each social group and the importance of knowing what not to wear. She stresses the need to choose the right people from the very start of school, and tells her how she was so successful: "By being constantly aware of my surroundings. By keeping my friends close and my enemies closer. By striking first." Claire's voice is witty and wry and easy to read, but it lacks a personal connection. The font changes between narrator and commentary by Andi and her best friend, providing nicely spaced text. The occasional spot illustrations resemble those found in field-guide manuals, yet each one is labeled to reflect an aspect of high school (Scorpions/Spiders/Centipedes; Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors). The numerous pop-culture references and even top 10 lists enable readers to connect with the novel but it reads just like a field guide with minimal character/reader interaction.—Emily Garrett, Armstrong Elementary School, Sachse, TX
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On the morning that her perfect, overachieving sister, Claire, leaves for college, soon-to-be high-school freshman, Andie, discovers a parting gift. Claire has composed a field guide to the treacherous landscape of private high school, full of wisdom on many topics, from the school building itself to the idiosyncrasies of the various cliques. Andie and her best friend Bess' comments appear periodically, but the bulk of this novel truly is a field guide that covers the minutiae of high school, as Claire knew it. Claire has a good eye for detail, and her personal stories of her four years at Plumstead Country Day occasionally accompany her descriptions. Reading the guide, Andie begins to understand that she and her "flawless" sister share similar anxieties and concerns. Claire ends her guide with suggested reading, viewing, and listening for better understanding high school, and a final note assures Andie, and the reader, that they'll be fine. This clever concept, ideal for fans of alternate formats, is entertainingly carried out. Booth, Heather

Product Details

  • File Size: 160 KB
  • Print Length: 146 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385734107
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001FSL2JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,555,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Andie's nervous about starting high school. What if everyone compares her to her super-popular sister and finds her lacking?

Since Claire just graduated, she won't be there to help Andie, but neither will she be there to overshadow her. The day Claire leaves for college, she leaves behind a present for Andie: a field guide to high school.

Inside, she dishes on what not to do, the differences between the cliques, and the knowledge that everyone's insecure in high school. Is the answer really to just be yourself?

Andie shares the guide with her best friend, Bess, who will be attending a different high school. While the two friends pour over the guide with amusement and wonder, they realize that this tiny guide dishes on everything high school.

Readers will be left wondering if Andie follows her sister's advice and if she survives high school, though, since the book only spans one day.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Marissa Walsh's A FIELD GUIDE TO HIGH SCHOOL tells of Andie, who has just finished eighth grade and will soon begin high school. Her big sister will be graduating as she enters school - and her guide for new freshman Andie contains wisdom and fun to delight any middle school reader contemplating high school's challenges.
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