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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: Laugh & Learn
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (January 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421933
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If students have their schoolwork organized thoroughly then they have won half the battle for a great school career. [Janet Fox] gives specific ideas of what to purchase, such as plastic pouches and folders, dividers and binders, in a precise shopping list. The best advice is "when in doubt, throw it out." The other significant message is to have a planner and check it every morning and evening. She advises picking out your clothes and packing your lunch the night before. There are also great clues to paying attention to information a teacher gives because it will be on a test: how to write this information down and highlight it. In reading texts for class, Fox reminds students to skim, highlight, and summarize.
—KLIATT



Midwest Book Awards: Merit Award



National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA)

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Midwest Book Awards 2007 Merit Award Winner, Children/YA Category

More About the Author

Janet S. Fox (Janet Fox) is a writer, mom, and former high school English teacher. Her first young adult novel FAITHFUL (Speak/Penguin, 2010), was a 2011 Amelia Bloomer list pick, and is set in Yellowstone National Park in 1904. FORGIVEN, a companion YA novel (Speak/Penguin, 2011) set in 1906 San Francisco at the time of the Great Earthquake, was a Junior Library Guild selection and WILLA Literary Award finalist. Janet's third YA, SIRENS, a "noir romance" set in 1925 New York, is available now. GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT is her award-winning middle grade self-help book for kids (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006). Janet is a 2010 graduate of the MFA/Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been a Regional Advisor for the SCBWI. Janet currently lives in the mountains of Montana. The family loves dogs and is ruled by an elderly Basset hound.

Customer Reviews

There are great ideas for students to prepare for middle and high school.
K. A. Torres
Get Organized Without Losing It by Janet Fox is a fab self-help book for kids about putting your ducks in row.
M. C. Blaisdell
Lots of good tips and yet simple and attractive enough for younger children.
Maria Borg

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
It was a cute book - my daughter thought it was "interesting". She flipped through it - but then more or less it got tossed in the heap of other books that she has. All in all - just because you want them to be organized - doesn't mean that a book is going to fix it. And that goes for all books on this subject.

If you are looking for a miracle cure...there isn't one.
If you are looking for maybe a hint or two - that may or may not stick with you child... Then go ahead and purchase the book - but to be honest - it would be cheaper to just borrow it - or something like it from the library.... After all it probably won't get looked at again after a week anyways.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on May 9, 2008
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This really didn't cover anything that doesn't come up all the time in our normal "you need to be more organized" conversations. It just repeated us. My son lost interest real fast. I asked him what he learned and he said "I need to be organized". Yep, kind of knew that already.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda on November 10, 2009
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I had higher expectations for this book because the other Laugh and Learn books were funny, especially the "Do your Homework without Throwing Up" one. I wish that it was more entertaining for kids so that they would want to read the book and enjoy reading it. I could barely get through this book myself because it was so dry and lecturing. The amount of stuff the author suggests you need to be organized is dizzying. I think this creates a barrier to entry for kids because they don't have all that stuff. My son would not read this book. However, he found the Homework one and Procrastinator ones worth reading. The kind of kid who would read this entire thing is already interested in being organized.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Torres on July 2, 2006
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This book is simple to read yet informative and effective for my upcoming 6th grader. There are great ideas for students to prepare for middle and high school. Awesome techniques!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vlil on February 13, 2013
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This book focuses on how students can organize their homework, locker, lunch box, and school supplies. It doesn't explore other areas of life. It wasn't suitable for my homeschooler.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Blaisdell on October 5, 2009
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Get Organized Without Losing It by Janet Fox is a fab self-help book for kids about putting your ducks in row. This book is chockful of helpful hints, useful tips, and great charts. Especially great because it's really not about Mom and Dad laying down the law, this book invites kids to consider their own problems with organization and discover their own solutions. Helpful for kids who are frustrated with not knowing where their stuff is, when their homework is due, who have a real desire to get organized, but just don't know how to get started.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. gift For You on August 30, 2013
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This book put very useful and pertinent organizing ideas into perspective for my new middle school student. It explained in very simple terms the need for being organized and how it can impact other areas, positively & negatively, based on how well the tips are implemented. Since it didn't come fro MOM, my student is more apt to use the "advice"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tech girl on June 26, 2013
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A humorous guide to getting your school life together. This was required reading for my middle-schooler. I hope she will use the suggestions in the book to make her life easier.
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