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Grade 5–8—Jack, Abby, Mateo, Jen, Chris, and Michelle are the middle school students of various ethnicities who take readers through this slim, interactive guide. Chapters cover such topics as friendship dilemmas, so-called friends, when friendships aren't working, crushes, and making new friends. Each chapter opens with a scene played out by the students in cartoon panels. Next, bits of text, along with a multitude of side boxes, address the topic at hand. Sidebars of different "FILES" ("Real Friend," "Labeled and Judged," "Quit Pressuring Me") quote actual tweens and teens. "Need to Know?" bytes recommend relevant books and Web sites. Lists of questions are offered, along with the answers. There's a lot packed into this colorful title that falls somewhere between self-help and peer advice.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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“In her second book in the series, Middle School Confidential: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, Annie Fox delivers another powerful, helpful, and entertaining book for kids. . . . Reluctant readers could easily be attracted by this style where they can flip to any page in the book to get the information they need without having to read the entire book.” —Once Upon a Book



“Nine out of ten people agree that middle school can be the toughest period in a young person’s life . . . and this wonderful book by our friends at Free Spirit can help a young person in that journey. This graphic book (comic book style for those of us who grew up a while ago) should be slipped into every new middle schooler’s backpack or under his or her pillow.” —Reach and Teach



“There’s a lot packed into this colorful title that falls somewhere between self-help and peer advice.” —School Library Journal



 “Amazing, colorful, and educational. . . . Middle school kids would definitely benefit from reading this.” —Sue Scheff, parent advocate, founder of P.U.R.E.™, and author of Google™ Bomb and Wit’s End



“Fox does a remarkable job of laying out familiar middle school scenarios.”—ParentingPink.com



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“Young readers will be able to relate to the teens in the books and will feel as though they’re having a conversation with their friends. Entering middle school can be tough, which is why it’s great to have a series like this that middle graders can turn to.”—Lori Calabrese, children’s books examiner, Examiner.com


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Middle School Confidential (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; Book 2 edition (June 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575423197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575423197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I bought a few of this series for my kiddo to begin reading since he is starting to experience the social issues at school - peer pressure, the desire to fit in, be liked, popularity, etc. and it's only going to increase once he begins middle school. Our daily routine is - he reads a section and then tells me about it. We have done this before and sometimes in the past, he has grumbled about how boring the books are. Not this time! He tells me every day how much he enjoys reading these. I think what appeals to him most is the short length, division of content (it's presented in "short bursts") and includes quotes from real kids. This series uses kids and real world example to teach tools for coping compared to some of the more abstract approaches our previous readings together presented. Thumbs up for grabbing my kid's attention and making him ponder these issues considerably.
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I can go either way with these books. They DO have some really good advice but then they also "ramble" A LOT. My kids weren't interested. It lost my interest after so long as well. I appreciate the concept completely though I'm not 100% we, personally, got much out of it.
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Bought this for my nephew who is in 6th grade. He opened it, read the title, said Hmm and immediately opened and started reading the first few pages. When we had dinner an hour later, someone asked him if it looked interesting and he said, Oh, I already read the whole thing! He reads well, but is typically not a big reader and prefers being active. So, I'm planning to send him the others in the series. It seemed to cover a topic that kids have to face and want help figuring out. And from what I read, it's an engaging, unique way to present it and to give suggestions for dealing with it. He mentioned liking one character, because he always knew what to do, handled things well. I would highly recommend this for early middle schoolers.
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this book was recommended as a study tool to use with our church youth. It addresses a serious problem that confronts youth of this age in an engagimg way.
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