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Lucy And Cecee's How To Survive (And Thrive) In Middle School Paperback – April 5, 2012
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This nostalgic read is both fun and informative in its perspective of middle school existence. The author's use of tweenie vernacular adds to character development and theme relevance. - Readers Favorite
(Dana) knows her audience well, and has pitched this book to them perfectly, packing useful information into a fun, frothy read....Any sixth grade girl who's facing middle school as if it were a firing squad will find great comfort here. Both entertaining and useful, How to Survive is a winner. Starred Review - BlueInk Review
Lucy and CeCee's guide to middle-school survival is a fast-paced, funny, and insightful book that will serve to clarify typical teen lingo and behavior for adults and give guidelines to tween and teenage kids who are having trouble navigating the middle-school milieu. - Clarion Reviews
But while the girls' teachings are often amusing, what really makes Dana's book exceptional are the girls themselves....Lucy and CeCee's target audience may consist solely of tweens, but this is a book that can educate readers of any age. - Kirkus Reviews
With plenty of humor and adventure, "Lucy and CeCee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School" is a strongly recommended addition to young adult fiction collections, not to be missed. - Midwest Book Review
About the Author
An award-winning author, teacher, and book reviewer, Kimberly Dana enjoys teaching writing to middle school students who give her much inspiration and insight into the world of tweendom. She is published by the National Council of Teachers of English and the recipient of several writing honors from Writers Digest, the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and various book festivals from around the world. Other affiliations include the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, where she serves as a judge for the annual eBook competition. Kimberly's most recent books include Cheerage Fearage, Lucy and CeCee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School, and the delightful picture book, Pretty Dolls, winner of Best Children's Picture Book of the Year by Reader Views. Kimberly invites her readers to visit her at kimberlydana.com.
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So I wasn't surprised how much I also enjoyed Lucy and CeCee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School. This book of fiction tells the funny and serious dilemmas of best friends in middle school. As a teacher, I found the everyday problems and issues of peer pressure, bullying, gossip, homework, fashion, cliques, popularity (and 22 others) most appropriate for middle school students.
But parents can also benefit from this insightful book of guidelines and follow their childrens' feelings during those tween years.
I look forward to having my grandchildren (and their parents) read this when they are older and in the meantime, I will recommend Lucy and CeCee to middle school teacher friends and students.
Middle School girls-this book rocks! One of the "gotta have" items needed on your list. Led by Lucy and CeCee's tween expertise, it's a survival handbook that lets you into their world while also helping you with yours. Whether its boyfriends, best friends, hot gossip, note-passing, or fashion to name a few, they got it down packed with timely advice sure to come to the rescue.
It's not just a "girl thing" though there is plenty of it-but also tips to help you with the following:
~dreaded speech survival helps
~ fashion no-no's
~ peer pressure
As a teacher of 18 years, I highly recommend this book in the classrooms and libraries. Set in a fun format including diary entries and lingo lessons, award winning Aurhor and Teacher Kimberly Dana has a real feel for Tweens' inside world. Makes a great birthday or Christmas gift giving proper advice on matters without it being "preachy" as such. A real page turner, it will certainly be one talked about and passed around regularly.
The humorous but oh so real categories of teachers discussed and the proper protocol in speaking to a teacher regarding a better grade is a fun take for adults too to enjoy. I highly recommend this book, giving it a solid 5 star rating. Current, informative, and quite funny, it will be a book long remembered for many years.
Middle School...the worst years of your life...or are they? Lucy and CeCee, seventh grade experts, have devised the perfect handbook for middle school survival. Everything from honing in on the types of teachers and how to handle them, to planning the perfect sleepover, foolproof tardy excuses, and the importance of maintaining social decorum...these gals advise even the most socially handicapped in a humorous, yet realistic guide to succeeding in middle school. Do you need to know how to successfully pass that all important note during class? Are you still not clear on how to distract a teacher during the most boring lecture of all time? What do you do at the mall other than shop? These gals know all and tell all in their instructional account of surviving and thriving in middle school. Seemingly different, these BFFs come together in their devotion to one another. Lucy's goal is to do anything necessary to land the perfect boyfriend (even if he is already dating the most popular girl in school) and CeCee is determined to earn straight A's (a B+ in one subject results in her battle with an eating disorder), both while offering tips and strategies for doing the same. Their journey takes the girls down different paths as they combat the challenges of self-discovery and keeping their friendship real. But Lucy and CeCee are BFFs to the end.
This nostalgic read is both fun and informative in its perspective of middle school existence. The author's use of tweenie vernacular adds to character development and theme relevance.