The Bottom Line
- A resource for both tween girls and boys
- Easy to read
- Interactive, offers tools for problem solving
- Hits all the major obstacles middle schoolers face
- Fun, contemporary illustrations
- Could use a journal or memo section for tweens to keep track of their thoughts
- Chapter 1 -- Do You Like the Way You Look?
- Chapter 2 -- Sometimes I Worry What Other People Think
- Chapter 3 -- Sometimes I Just Lose It
- Chapter 4 -- Meet the Opinionator
- Chapter 5 -- Fact Finder, Getting at the Truth
- Chapter 6 -- I Don't Get It
- Chapter 7 -- I'm Stressed Out!
- Chapter 8 -- I Like Who I Am
- About the Author
Guide Review - Review of Middle School Confidential by Annie Fox
The book is written and illustrated for tweens, and offers quite a bit of information on making it through the tumultuous middle school years. The author, Annie Fox, is an experienced educator and she understands the drama that preteens face on a daily basis. Her book is refreshing because she manages to engage the reader with a warm, friendly voice and never lectures or speaks down to them.
The book's graphic novel-style illustrations makes the book fun and easy to get through. It's one of the few books available for tweens that speaks equally to boys and girls.
This is Fox's first in a series of books aimed at the tween market, and this introduction to the Middle School Confidential series focuses on helping middle schoolers maintain or establish confidence in themselves. In addition, Fox helps the reader understand many misunderstood emotions experienced by tweens, including stress, anger, and isolation.
The book scatters comments by real life tweens throughout. Quizzes, bulleted lists, and graphic illustrations make the important points, without overwhelming the reader. Quizzes include: Am I the Boss of My Anger?; How Do You Relieve Stress?; What I Like About Myself, and Dealing with Teasing.
Fox even addresses how advertisers attempt to manipulate the tween brain, and she points out ways tweens can improve their own friendship skills.