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High School: The Real Deal: From GPAs to Graduation

High School: The Real Deal: From GPAs to Graduation

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by Juliana Farrell

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From plagiarism to popularity, vartisty sports to vocational classes, GPA's to graduation, you'll find all the details right here.High school can be overwhelming, but this book will give you the lowdown on what to expect during the most exciting, challenging four years of your life.


From plagiarism to popularity, vartisty sports to vocational classes, GPA's to graduation, you'll find all the details right here.High school can be overwhelming, but this book will give you the lowdown on what to expect during the most exciting, challenging four years of your life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Juliana Farrell and Colleen Rush's High School: The Real Deal from GPAs to Graduation follows the rhythms of the academic year beginning with "The Top Five Myths About High School" and "Dos and Don'ts for your first day (and beyond)" right through to advice on college applications. For younger students, Middle School: The Real Deal from Cafeteria Food to Combination Locks by Juliana Farrell and Beth Mayall focuses on more practical tips for the first day of school (such as knowing when the day starts and what the bus route is) and the all-important "Who do I sit with at lunch?," suggesting that students scope out possible cafeteria partners during classes. The books' hip graphics will appeal to the computer-savvy set. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
High School. Most students who are Freshman quiver when they think about where they are going. In middle school they were the top of the heap in eighth grade. Now they're back at the bottom. What do you do now? How should you act? How do you prepare yourself for these next tortuous 4 years? Juliana Farrell and Colleen Rush have the answers. They have written a masterpiece for answering many of the questions high school students will be asking. They do it effectively, recognizing that everyone has a different high school experience, but at the same time providing answers to common questions. Farrell and Rush also work to dispel myths and give students at each stage of this period in their lives specific strategies for coping. The strategies offered cover such areas as stress, homework, dating and school life. Especially nice is the lack of the parental tone. By writing using just small bit of information and not going into extensive explanation, the authors are able to relate to high school students. This is a good book for any middle school collection as well as something to hand to the nervous ninth grader. 2001, 17th Street Productions, Orsborn
For anxious middle school and junior high students, this is just the thing to demystify high school and prepare them for the next four years. In a lively, magazine-type format, with many quizzes and lists, it addresses high school survival strategies, exposing myths and offering tips; academics, with suggested study techniques; extracurricular activities like sports and clubs; ideas for out-of-school experiences, like getting a job or doing community work; handling stress; the social scene, with advice on dating and relating; and life after school, briefly covering the college hunt, apprenticeships, and more. This offers a light approach, upbeat and superficial, but it's easy to read and will serve to reassure incoming high school students by outlining what to expect. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, HarperTrophy, 142p. illus. 00-066219., $7.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; KLIATT , July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
Remember what it was like to be a middle or high school student for the first time? The two helpful books reviewed here are designed to assist nervous middle school students and new high school freshmen preparing for the transitions to new school environments. Both include interesting text with clip art, jagged typefaces, various shades of purple and blue, and eye-catching illustrations. New middle school students are given advice about living through the first day of school, handling the changing classroom schedule after being in a single elementary classroom, the benefits of extracurricular activities, making and keeping friends, and how to get along with parents. The book also includes a few quizzes, such as "Discover Your Sports Style," "Do You Make Friends Easily?" and "Are You Ready to Rule at Middle School?" The high school book describes the differences between middle and high school, gives advice for surviving the first days, and responds to typical myths about high school, such as the one that upperclassmen hate freshmen. It also provides practical advice about studying and academics, extracurricular activities, and handling stress. In a section about high school social scenes, students are counseled about dealing with prejudice and harassment from other students. Both books are well organized, and the funky format will keep the interest of even the most reluctant reader. The quizzes are similar to those found in teen magazines. The high school book also will appeal to upperclassmen because it includes useful information about working, planning for after high school, and getting along with peers, teachers, and parents. Parents might appreciate these books if they have teensentering middle or high school. Librarians also can read them to learn about the middle school or high school scene today, and young adult librarians in particular might consult them for planning programs geared for helping future middle and high school students. Illus. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, HarperTrophy, 144p, $7.95 Trade pb. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Sheila B. Anderson SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)

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Top-Five Myths About High School

The first rule of thumb when it comes to high school? Don't believe everything you hear. From ghost stories to gossip, half of the stuff that's whispered in those hallowed halls is pure fiction. Check out these common high school myths.

Myth: High school teachers are ogres.

Truth: Teachers are human. They have good and bad days, just like the rest of us. But believe it or not, they're there to help you, not to make your life miserable.

Myth: Upperclassmen hate freshmen.

Truth: Every single upperclassman was in your shoes once upona time, so they can sympathize ... to a point. Okay, so there might bea couple of bad apples in the senior class who have been waitingthree long years for their turn to trip up freshmen. But generallyseniors have got much more than you on their minds (think colleges and careers).

Myth: You' ll be buried in homework.

Truth: You'll have a bigger workload and teachers do expect more out of you, but you'll see the light of day every now and then. And most of the time, if you're knee-deep in papers and homework, teachers will cut you some slack if you let 'em know you're overloaded (just don't expect to get away with this very often).

Myth: It's best to just blend in.

Truth: If you try to get lost in the crowd, you will. Being anonymous won't make high school any easier just a lot lonelier. Even if you're shy, it's better to be noticed than to be wallpaper.

Myth: Freshman year sucks.

Truth: Your freshman year will befull of ups an downs. Some days will suck; other days will rule. But this roller-coaster ride is all part of learning about who you are and what you want out of life. So, enjoy it while it lasts.

Meet the Author

Colleen Rush is a staff writer for Jump, a national teen magazine, and a freelance writer on health, fitness and girls' and women's issues.

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