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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Book 1 edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575423022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575423029
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle are just your average kids trying to figure out how to get through adolescence. Mateo is picked on because of his height. Abby has weight issues. Michelle has angry outbursts. And they all suffer from the "opinionator"—the inner critic that pops up at inopportune times to make them feel bad about themselves and their abilities. As the teens push through the fog that can be middle school, they help each other to gain confidence. The six start to take a stand against negative voices—internal and external—and stop defining themselves by others' opinions. The book contains quizzes, is chock-full of helpful hints, and lists other resources to help readers increase their self-esteem. Kindt's cartoons include several great panels that move the teens' story forward. The graphic-novel-like design will make this self-help tool stand out and appeal to fans of that format.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
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“In a friendly, engaging voice, the text provides the reader with a safe place to ask and wonder about those tough middle school questions.”—Once Upon a Book



Be Confident in Who You Are gives parents the gift of opening a dialog with their middle school children on the issues they face. While Annie Fox writes to children in their language, parents are reminded of how stressful these times can be. Skip the next movie and read this book with your kids instead.”
—Tina Nocera, founder, Parental Wisdom



“Chock-full of helpful hints...lists resources to help readers increase their self-esteem. The graphic-novel-like design will make this self-help tool stand out and appeal to fans of that format.” —School Library Journal



 “A practical and fun resource for tweens making the adjustment from elementary to middle school.” —Jennifer O’Donnell, About.com.



“Smart and funny and real, these tips and tools will help you deal with real life issues. I wish I had this book when I was in middle school.”
—Ericka Lutz, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Friendship for Teens



 “Fox has done a marvelous job of ‘reading’ tween girls’ minds.” —ParentingPink.com



Learning and Laughter Favorite Educational Product Award Winner



Kidlutions™ Preferred Product Award (PPA)


More About the Author

When Annie Fox's first book "People Are Like Lollipops" (Holiday House) was published, she wasn't old enough to legally sign the contract! By the time she turned 21, though, she decided that helping kids would be her life's work. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies then completing her Master's in Education, she began exploring ways to use technology to entertain kids while building their emotional intelligence skills.

In 1977, Annie and her husband David opened Marin Computer Center, the world's first public access microcomputer facility. Her work there led her to write her best selling book, "Armchair BASIC: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microcomputers and Programming in BASIC" (Osborn/McGraw-Hill). After a detour into the world of screen writing, Annie returned to computers as an award-winning writer/designer of children's CD-ROMs. (Putt-Putt; Madeline; Get Ready for School, Charlie Brown; and Mr. Potato Head Saves Veggie Valley are just a few of the titles on which she worked.)

At the dawn of the Internet age, Annie dreamed up the idea for The InSite (TheInSite.org), a place "for teens and young adults to turn their world around." She is the creator, co-designer, writer, and executive producer of that award-winning site. One of The InSite's most popular features is Hey Terra, a Cyberspace Dear Abby. Annie's first book for teens, "The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & Relating: Real World Advice About Guys, Girls, Growing Up And Getting Along" (2000, 2005 Free Spirit Publishing), is based on hundreds of emails to Terra and Annie's responses to them. "Teen Survival Guide" is now available as a free PDF download from TeenSurvivalGuide.com.

"Are You My Friend?" a Read-it-to-Me iBook was written by Annie Fox, illustrated by Eli Noyes and produced by Electric Eggplant. This digital story book for 4-8 year olds is the first of the Raymond and Sheila Series and is now available in print form on Amazon, and as Android apps for Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other Android tablets. The second Raymond and Sheila story "Are We Lost?" will be available in print in 2013. See RaymondAndSheila.com for more info.

Annie's other books include: "Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You CRAZY," co-authored with Ruth Kirschner (Free Spirit Publishing) and the popular 3 book Middle School Confidential™ series (Free Spirit Publishing). Annie's Middle School Confidential apps (developed by Electric Eggplant) are available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other Android tablets (see MiddleSchoolConfidential.com).

Through her conference appearances and public events for kids, tweens, teens, parents, and educators, Annie continues working toward her goal of empowering young people through increased emotional intelligence skills, social courage, and stress-reduction strategies. Her new book for parents and teachers, "Teaching Kids To Be Good People," is now available in print and for Kindle (see TeachingKidsToBeGoodPeople.com)

Visit Annie at her website, AnnieFox.com
Follow Annie on Twitter: @Annie_Fox
Follow Annie on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Annie.Fox.author

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on May 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I own the whole middle school series. I work as a school counselor and our 5th graders love it! These are helpful books that will support kids as they transition to middle school.

Just bringing up this topic can raise anxiety in the room. So wouldn't it be nice to have a hip, relevant, contemporary book series to help students transition from elementary to middle school? Done and done! Series found. And how do I know Middle School Confidential is doing wonders for future middle schoolers? Because kids are asking me for the fourth book (publication pending)! Since the moment I introduced the books, I've barely seen them since. A steady stream of 5th graders have been checking them out from my bookshelf. When asking kids how they like the series and how it's helping them - I was delighted by their responses. Students are taking skills they've learned from Middle School Confidential and utilizing them in their daily lives. One student recommended I share with 5th graders an activity called "Who Are Your Real Friends?" from Real Friends vs the Other Kind because it helped her evaluate her own friendships. A book that decreases friendship drama? Love it.

The students who have read the series have had a noticeably improved attitude about entering middle school. That shift in perspective is allowing kids to not dread but embrace their middle grade years. I encourage teachers, school librarians, and parents to get these on your bookshelves. They won't be sitting idle for long.

Looking forward to the fourth book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dee Andersen on October 22, 2013
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Book was just ok. I do want buyers to be aware that it had many additional references to "help" lines and/or websites. I wouldn't personally be comfortable with handing this book to a young person without first researching for myself what is offered on those sites. Read it, research it, then .................................
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. temple on June 17, 2012
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I think this book help kids think positevely about themselves and what to do in situations. It validates their feelings. I have used it to teach mini lessons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April Broderick on February 18, 2013
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I have 2 boys and they have already both read the book! I will have another one to read that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jnine on January 17, 2013
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Our middle schooler loved this book and reassured him about a lot of things in middle school. The book arrived promptly and was in new condition. We would order form this vendor again!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By grannie on March 11, 2013
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I don't know how to review this but the title was good enough for me to give to my grandson because I think he needs all the help I can give him since he does not live with me
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