Be Confident in Who You Are

Be Confident in Who You Are

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by Annie Fox, Matt Kindt
     
 


“Hey. We go to Milldale Middle School. We’re very different in lots of ways, but we’re all good friends. A couple months ago, we were just hanging out when these kids came over . . .”

So begins the journey of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six students just trying to figure it all out in middle school. Be Confident

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“Hey. We go to Milldale Middle School. We’re very different in lots of ways, but we’re all good friends. A couple months ago, we were just hanging out when these kids came over . . .”

So begins the journey of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six students just trying to figure it all out in middle school. Be Confident in Who You Are, the first book in the new Middle School Confidential series, follows these characters as they work to meet new challenges and survive the social scene—without losing sight of who they are. The book offers insider information on common middle school concerns and practical advice for being healthy, feeling good about who you are, and staying in control of your feelings and actions—even when the pressure is on. Filled with character narratives, quizzes, quotes from real kids, tips, tools, and resources, this book is a timely and engaging survival guide for the middle school years.

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From the Publisher

“In a friendly, engaging voice, the text provides the reader with a safe place to ask and wonder about those tough middle school questions.”—Once Upon a Book

Be Confident in Who You Are gives parents the gift of opening a dialog with their middle school children on the issues they face. While Annie Fox writes to children in their language, parents are reminded of how stressful these times can be. Skip the next movie and read this book with your kids instead.”
—Tina Nocera, founder, Parental Wisdom

“Chock-full of helpful hints...lists resources to help readers increase their self-esteem. The graphic-novel-like design will make this self-help tool stand out and appeal to fans of that format.” —School Library Journal

 “A practical and fun resource for tweens making the adjustment from elementary to middle school.” —Jennifer O’Donnell, About.com.

“Smart and funny and real, these tips and tools will help you deal with real life issues. I wish I had this book when I was in middle school.”
—Ericka Lutz, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Friendship for Teens

 “Fox has done a marvelous job of ‘reading’ tween girls’ minds.” —ParentingPink.com

Learning and Laughter Favorite Educational Product Award Winner

Kidlutions™ Preferred Product Award (PPA)

Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Middle schoolers are usually quick to change in order to fit in. If their friends like rock, they like rock. If the popular kids all hate someone, then the not-so-popular kids fall in line, including the one who is hated. This book, one of the "Middle School Confidential" series, tries to help kids see the value in being your own person and speaking up for yourself. The book tackles topics such as liking the way you look and dealing with the negative voice inside your head. The author gives real life scenarios and advice and includes advice and stories from other teens. The book combines graphic novel-like stories with short bursts of information. Overall the book is pretty good. There are better advice books on the market, ones with more factual information or are more comprehensive, but the illustrations will appeal to many teens and the focus on shorter blocks of text will encourage kids to keep reading. The author focuses on how readers can change their thinking rather than how they should act, a message often ignored in other advice books. Unlike many texts geared toward middle school, this book seems older than its audience rather than like a kid book. This fact alone may make many young teens pick it up and read. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle are just your average kids trying to figure out how to get through adolescence. Mateo is picked on because of his height. Abby has weight issues. Michelle has angry outbursts. And they all suffer from the "opinionator"-the inner critic that pops up at inopportune times to make them feel bad about themselves and their abilities. As the teens push through the fog that can be middle school, they help each other to gain confidence. The six start to take a stand against negative voices-internal and external-and stop defining themselves by others' opinions. The book contains quizzes, is chock-full of helpful hints, and lists other resources to help readers increase their self-esteem. Kindt's cartoons include several great panels that move the teens' story forward. The graphic-novel-like design will make this self-help tool stand out and appeal to fans of that format.-Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575423029
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Series:
Middle School Confidential
Edition description:
Book 1
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
177,301
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Annie Fox, M.Ed., graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and completed her master’s in Education at the State University of New York at Cortland. After a few years teaching in the classroom, she began to explore how technology could be used to empower teens.

Annie has since contributed to many online projects, including as creator, designer, and writer for The InSite—a Web site for teens taking on life’s challenges. She also answers questions for the Hey Terra! feature as an online advisor for teens. Her Internet work has contributed to the publication of multiple books, including Too Stressed to Think? and the Middle School Confidential series. Annie is available for public speaking engagements and workshop presentations on teen and parenting issues.

When not answering Hey Terra! letters, Annie enjoys yoga, meditation, cooking, hiking, traveling, and, most of all, spending time with her husband David and the rest of her family.

Matt Kindt was born in 1973 to a pair of artistically supportive parents. Living briefly in New York, Matt has spent most of his years in the Midwest, and the last two decades in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. In middle school, he would often create mini-comics featuring the teachers, to the delight of his fellow classmates. Matt is the Harvey Award–winning writer and artist of the graphic novels Super Spy and 2 Sisters and the comic series MIND MGMT, and co-creator of the Pistolwhip series. He has been nominated for four Eisner Awards and three Harvey Awards. In addition to graphic novels, Matt also works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. When he is not working, Matt enjoys long trips to the playground with his wife and daughter.

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