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Real Friends vs. the Other Kind (Middle School Confidential) Paperback – June 5, 2009
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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
Learning and Laughter Favorite Educational Product Award Winner
Kidlutions™ Preferred Product Award (PPA)
“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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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!