School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Moehn's common-sense, sympathetic approach to this topic aptly conveys both the realities of cliques and the message that everyone deals with rejection and insecurity, even "popular" people. Not completely objective, this text is a hybrid of a self-help book and a research tool. The author covers basic topics such as developing friendships, bullying, and peer pressure. While the book lacks statistical data, it achieves its goal of reassuring preteens that they are not alone if they're feeling left out, and even passes along the platitude, "People who were unpopular in high school often go on to do amazing things in life." Moehn does admit that in some schools, athletes, scholars, etc. are given preferential treatment by authority figures. Each chapter utilizes a first-person narrative that accurately reflects scenes played out daily in schools across the nation, yet the testimonies themselves seem artificial. Literally littered with photos (some in color) and bulleted items (e.g., "Tips on Making New Friends"), the format is accessible and appropriate for both leisure reading and reports.-Laura Glaser, Euless Junior High School, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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