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Too Old for This, Too Young for That!: Your Survival Guide for the Middle-School Years Paperback – February 14, 2005

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-A guide for youngsters in their "tween" years. Written in a lively manner, the book addresses changing bodies, health, emotions, privacy, family issues, dating, school, peer pressure, and time management. There are examples of different types of situations or problems that might arise and numerous ideas and suggestions to try. Sidebars recommend hot lines, Web sites, and books (including a number published by Free Spirit). An orderly table of contents and complete index allow students to browse through portions of particular interest. Humorous, black-and-white cartoon illustrations and diagrams are scattered throughout. There are a few blank charts and questionnaires with the recommendation that readers photocopy them before filling them out. All in all, an informative, helpful resource.
Leslie Ann Lacika, Dingman-Delaware Middle School, Dingman's Ferry, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This comprehensive guide offers preteens seven chapters filled with information and advice to help ease the transition from childhood to adolesence. A "survival tip" begins each chapter. The first tip, "Get used to your changing body," presents the greatest challenge for middle-schoolers. The authors handle this sensitive subject very well, discussing the body changes of boys and girls using appropriate terms like penis and vagina, and briefly describing events that occur during puberty, such as erection and ejaculation, and the onset of menstruation. Other chapters cover self-esteem, family relationships, friendships, school and extracurricular activities. The final tip, "Take charge of your life," gives some good advice on making choices and managing time and money. Sprinkled throughout the book are humorous cartoon drawings; reproducible fill-in pages, including an online safety contract, budget chart, and goal-setting guide; kid quotes; and listings of print and online resources. Lauren Peterson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (February 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575420678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575420677
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 21, 2000
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I received this book as a gift, and I read every single word. It contained really good advice that helped me to get through 6th grade. Now I'm better prepared for the rest of my time in middle school. The quotes made this book so interesting, and they were fun too. I keep the book on my desk so I can go back to the sections I need whenever I want.
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I thought this was a great book! It was written in language geared toward Middle School youth and for boys as well as girls. It's a book that makes talking about difficult and sometimes awkward topics fun for kids. It's a great group work tool also.
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This book has everything - fun quizzes (I loved the mad lib in the chapter on body changes), great study tips, and even stuff about bullies.
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I have one kid in middle school and one who will enter it next year, so I've been doing a lot of reading. I figure what better than reading those books recommended for kids going into middle school.

I might read passages from this book to my kids, but in general I would not give it to them for general reading (but they do have a collection of other books similar in topic).

The good example of why I won't is under "Handling Peer Pressure." On one hand they say "just say no" is way too simple. Two paragraphs later they say "practice being assertive" so you say "no" with conviction. They then have a checklist with "Use a firm no" in bold.

The comments on "just say no" being a cliché didn't add any value. It just added confusion.

In parallel to this flip flop on simply saying "no" they would have the kid analyze the problem in detail (what is at stake, how much does it matter, is my safety at risk, etc.). I think this approach is great for brainstorming a science experiment but not so good when suddenly cornered with peer pressure to do something they are not comfortable with doing.

If this book took a kid through the process of thinking these issues out as they read it that would have been more useful: "OK, let's talk drugs. Do you want to try them? Nope. So what will you do if it comes up? What happens if it is your BFF? ...."

Generally the topics covered seem fairly comprehensive, but the style and approach just didn't seem as helpful or as clear as it could have been. It seemed more like a collection of lists. I felt a kid reading this might walk away more anxious and confused than when they started.
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I recommend this book for any child about to attend or attending middle school. Great source of reassurance for these difficult ages.
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My son is in 7th grade. I bought this book at the end of my son's fifth grade year, prior to middle school, because I had no idea what to expect! I also wanted to be sure to hit all the bases when talking with my son. I read it first and then I gave it to him. It's written for the student, but it helped me to be prepared, too. I had forgotten a lot of that middle school angst. My son read it and found it really valuable. Down to earth and informative, it reminds kids that everyone's different, most of what you're feeling is normal, and you're going to make it!
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I made the mistake of not looking at the publication date. The info on this book states that it was published in 2005; however, the copywrite date in the book is 2000. This book is 8 to 12 years old! The information is very outdated. I haven't read the book cover to cover, just skimmed but not happy that this book is so old and outdated. So much has changed for teens in just the last 5 years! I did notice that there is an updated version of this book published in 2010. Wish I had seen that before I bought this one. Save your money and order something newer to help your preteen children.
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My daughter started middle school a few weeks ago and is at that "in-between" age. My brother, who is a middle school teacher, suggested this book and she loved it. It seemed to have a lot of good information for what she was dealing with (and stuff that may still come up). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in middle school.
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