A Smart Girl's Guide to Starting Middle School: Everything You Need to Know about Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends!

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Middle school is all about change. In the opening section, girls take a quiz to determine how they respond to change, then receive tips on how to cope with the big changes that they're getting ready to face as they start middle school- switching classes, getting up earlier, and having their own lockers, all while learning to manage a new school, new teachers, new friends, and LOTS more homework and activities! The secret to feeling more confident as she starts middle school is having a little insight into what ...
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Overview


Middle school is all about change. In the opening section, girls take a quiz to determine how they respond to change, then receive tips on how to cope with the big changes that they're getting ready to face as they start middle school- switching classes, getting up earlier, and having their own lockers, all while learning to manage a new school, new teachers, new friends, and LOTS more homework and activities! The secret to feeling more confident as she starts middle school is having a little insight into what to expect. This book provides that information as well as "Smart Girl's tips" from girls who have already made the grade in the big school.
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Planners, guidebooks and stories from American Girls help prepare students for the new school year. A Smart Girl's Guide to Starting Middle School: Everything You Need to Know About Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends! by Julie Williams, illus. by Angela Martini, helps preteens deal with the increased stresses and responsibilities that come with starting middle school. Topics include making friends, handling bullies and managing extracurricular activities. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The colorful cartoons attempt to offset the dry content of this book. The advice that it imparts is common sense and most girls will already know what it has to tell them. A few interesting checklists and articles are included, as is a rather scary listing of the four types of teachers that might leave readers wondering if there are any good instructors in middle school. Discussions of safety issues and the library do not appear. This title is likely to be a shelf-sitter.-Kim Donius, Alfred-Almond Central School, Almond, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584858775
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Series: American Girl Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Fresh start 6
New school 20
Teachers 30
Subject matters 40
Friends 62
After school 78
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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Good Book

    I read part of this book at the store waiting for my parents and its great! I have afew of the american girl books already, and I've read them soo many times. Today Im going back to buy it and I know it will help me even more than it already has!
    I think anyone in fifth grade and up should get this book. It will help them in middle so much. I know most kids are scared that they will get lost and stuff and this book helps them.

    these are the two other books I would recommend for middle school but I think all american girl books are great

    49 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    Great Book - Great Advice For To-Be Middle-Scholars

    A Smart Girl's Guide to Starting Middle School written by Julie Williams is a book in the Smart Girl's Guide series by the AmericanGirl company, also known as AG. A Smart Girl's Guide To Middle School gives advice to girls who are going to start middle school soon. This book gives advice on many things, starting with timing and perspective. This section tells you how to be on time for school, how to prepare, and how to stride into middle school with confidence. Another section tells you what kind of things are going to be inside the middle school. For example: lockers, classrooms, changing rooms, stories, etc. One of the most important section, is the section that deals with schoolwork. It talks about how much homework there will be and how to do and finish homework in peace. It also talks about the subjects and electives that would probably be available in school, and gives descriptions and tips for each one. Other topics are dealing with grades, how to study for tests, and how to avoid and resist cheating. Probably one of the most important sections for girls to deal with is the "Friends" section. This section gives advice on how to still be friends with girls who used to go to your elementary school, but don't go to your middle school. It also gives tips on how to make new friends at your middle school and what to do when you and one of your friends is growing apart. This section also deals with an especially important topic: bullying. Bullying is very hurtful and this book shows you how to deal with bullies and protect yourself and others from them. Finally, this section talks about the topic of the school dance and tips for it. The last section in the book is about afterschool activities and clubs. This section gives tips on how to prepare for tryouts and gives quizzes to see what kind of clubs are best for you. It also gives tips on how to deal with not getting in the club the first time, how to deal with stress, and how to quit, if you want to quit a club or team. In general, I think this book is amazing and very detailed about middle-school life. This book is also completed with beautifully illustrated pictures done by Angela Martini. I would definitely recommend this book to any girl who is about to start middle school, or just needs more advice about it. This book will tell any girl just what to expect for middle school and the ups and downs of it and how to deal with both the right way. It is a book filled with perhaps the best advice for middle school!!!!!!!!

    37 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2010

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    Read This Book Future 6th Graders!

    So my mom got me this book the summer before my first year as a 6th grader and my first summer before my first year of middel school! Everyone gets nervous about middle school sometime or another. If its homework, teachers, and for alot of kids, starting middle school. Well I read this book and after I finished it I was like OMG! This book is really helpful for people starting middle school. So I put those tips to the test and they helped so much. This book is really great for beginning middle schoolers. Now i'm in 6th grade and i'm doing great thanks to this book. It really helped and just think soon you will be giving advice to girls that are starting middle school just like you were.

    31 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

    A big help

    Starting middle school, as many know, is a HUGE leap. When your in Elementary school, your treated like a baby often. But, this book lets you know what to expect (like being treated more like an adult), and how to deal with problems. I think every girl who is concerened about this, should buy this book. It helped me loads.

    20 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Love it!

    I am starting middle school next year! A very helpful book! :)

    17 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    I like this book

    This book is really helful for girls that are about to start middle school. I liked it because it gives you good tips and great insite I recomend this book because it is reallly for a girl. Not really boys but if you are a boy and you really want tips this would be okay!

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Cool

    Read it it is sooo good

    14 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2008

    This Book is amazing

    This book really lets me know what i will be getting myself into in middle school. It is a great book for girl's about to go to middle school. All girl's should buy this book.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    A Smart Girl's Guide To Starting Middle School

    Great book! Very helpful and comforting for girls who are nervous about starting middle school. This book is worth your money.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    GRRR!

    I got the sample and it ended on PAGE 3! Seriously, all I got was the copyright page!

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2010

    Pretty Good

    This was an awesome book. Now I know everything I need to know about middle school.
    I would definetely recommend this to a friend.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    *get it now*

    I have every a.g. book. I am obsessed. I love the tips and other memos about going to the big school. I am in fifth grade now, and next year its a big deal. I am scared and nervous. This book is an amazing book for tips, ideas and quotes from real girls. I cant wait to go to the middle school, because this book made me confident. Thanks a.g!


    Please get other books from american girl! :)

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Waste

    I just started 6th grade, and I don't think this book was worth the $8. I finished it in half an hour, and the info was basic knowledge that I already knew from the start. If you have common sense about middle school, do NOT purchase. You're better off going on the internet. Sry.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2009

    The best book i have read READ IT!

    this is one the best books that i have read it tells you all about the challenges of middle school nd even more i love it soooo much every single girl that is starting middle school should read it. VERY helpful i recommend it !!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Wonderful Book

    This book has definently earned a 'five star rating.' It tells you everything from how to stay organized to how to deal with teachers and friends. I loved how American Girl really explained everything thoroughly. This book is great for anyone starting middle school. This book has definently been helpful because I'm about to start middle school. I recommend this to anyone about to take their first steps into a bigger school.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Helpful(:

    To me, this was a really great book. It was factual, full of tips, and even a bit inspiring. Not only did this book give me helpful hints about teachers, locker combos, and everything in between, but it made me even more exited to start middle school next year. It covers the basic basics, yeah, sure, but it goes so much deeper than just common sense. I would reccomend this to each and every girl, worried or not, that is going into middle school next year. It was really helpful!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Kat123

    This is a real good book for kids going into middel school

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Starting middle school

    It was ok but it missed out on some things like crushes. But it explained ways to get involved so it was pretty helpful.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Great book . Very helpful if your starting middle school.

    Great book. Very helpful.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2006

    Okay, but not really useful

    I got this book after going into middle school, I was going into seventh grade at the time to see what it said, and maybe it would have some useful advice for me. I was pretty much disappointed in everything they said. Maybe the only useful thing was how to work a combonation lock, but it says that on the back... It had things about choosing classes, which doesn't happen, getting up early (that's high school where the hours may change) and other things. I thought that they were making it seem to scary. It is a little odd the first day, but all schools are. The only thing that's different about middle school is that you change classes. If you are going into middle school, I suggest finding someone who has already been through the experience and asking them about it. You'll get through it, and hey here's a tip, make friends with the 8th graders. :)

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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