Real Friends vs. the Other Kind

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“If you’re like us, you probably have questions about friendships. Maybe you’re not sure if someone is a real friend or the other kind.”

So goes the story of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six students trying to figure it all out in middle school. Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, the second book in the Middle School Confidential series, follows these characters as they work to forge friendships while navigating tough social situations. The book offers insider information on making friends, resolving...

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Overview


“If you’re like us, you probably have questions about friendships. Maybe you’re not sure if someone is a real friend or the other kind.”

So goes the story of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six students trying to figure it all out in middle school. Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, the second book in the Middle School Confidential series, follows these characters as they work to forge friendships while navigating tough social situations. The book offers insider information on making friends, resolving disputes, and dealing with other common middle school concerns—like gossip, exclusion, and cyberbullying. There’s also expert advice on crushes, peer pressure, and being there for friends who need help. 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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“In her second book in the series, Middle School Confidential: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, Annie Fox delivers another powerful, helpful, and entertaining book for kids. . . . Reluctant readers could easily be attracted by this style where they can flip to any page in the book to get the information they need without having to read the entire book.” —Once Upon a Book

“Nine out of ten people agree that middle school can be the toughest period in a young person’s life . . . and this wonderful book by our friends at Free Spirit can help a young person in that journey. This graphic book (comic book style for those of us who grew up a while ago) should be slipped into every new middle schooler’s backpack or under his or her pillow.” —Reach and Teach

“There’s a lot packed into this colorful title that falls somewhere between self-help and peer advice.” —School Library Journal

 “Amazing, colorful, and educational. . . . Middle school kids would definitely benefit from reading this.” —Sue Scheff, parent advocate, founder of P.U.R.E.™, and author of Google™ Bomb and Wit’s End

“Fox does a remarkable job of laying out familiar middle school scenarios.”—ParentingPink.com

Learning and Laughter Favorite Educational Product Award Winner

Kidlutions™ Preferred Product Award (PPA)

“Young readers will be able to relate to the teens in the books and will feel as though they’re having a conversation with their friends. Entering middle school can be tough, which is why it’s great to have a series like this that middle graders can turn to.”—Lori Calabrese, children’s books examiner, Examiner.com

Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
In middle school you are who your friends are. For kids that age, finding the right friends is as important to their school success as is studying and doing homework. So how does a young teen know who his or her "real" friends are? The author of this book, part of the "Middle School Confidential" series, aims to help them find out. It is half traditional advice book and half comic book. Each chapter starts with a graphic vignette of one of six friends facing a difficult issue. In one such story Jack is ignoring his friends to be with his girlfriend. Then follows a series of pages giving readers a variety of advice relating to that conflict, quizzes to take, and quotes from other teenagers. The chapter ends with the characters resolving their conflicts. The graphic novel approach is interesting and will grab readers, but there is not anything new about what is being said. However, the reason it is been heard before is because it is good advice. The book has an adult feel to it, something else that will attract middle-school readers. This book is a safe way to remind kids of how they should treat each other. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Jack, Abby, Mateo, Jen, Chris, and Michelle are the middle school students of various ethnicities who take readers through this slim, interactive guide. Chapters cover such topics as friendship dilemmas, so-called friends, when friendships aren't working, crushes, and making new friends. Each chapter opens with a scene played out by the students in cartoon panels. Next, bits of text, along with a multitude of side boxes, address the topic at hand. Sidebars of different "FILES" ("Real Friend," "Labeled and Judged," "Quit Pressuring Me") quote actual tweens and teens. "Need to Know?" bytes recommend relevant books and Web sites. Lists of questions are offered, along with the answers. There's a lot packed into this colorful title that falls somewhere between self-help and peer advice.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575423197
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/5/2009
  • Series: Middle School Confidential , #2
  • Edition description: Book 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 220,265
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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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