Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers

Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers

by Linda Perlstein
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Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers by Linda Perlstein

Suddenly they go from striving for A’s to barely passing, from fretting about cooties to obsessing for hours about crushes. Former chatterboxes answer in monosyllables; freethinkers mimic everything from clothes to opinions. Their bodies and psyches morph through the most radical changes since infancy. They are kids in the middle-school years, the age every adult remembers well enough to dread.

Here at last is an up-to-date anthropology of this critically formative period. Prize-winning education reporter Linda Perlstein spent a year immersed in the lunchroom, classrooms, hearts, and minds of a group of suburban Maryland middle schoolers and emerged with this pathbreaking account. Perlstein reveals what’s really going on under kids’ don’t-touch-me facade while they grapple with schoolwork, puberty, romance, and identity. A must-read for parents and educators, Not Much Just Chillin’ offers a trail map to the baffling no-man’s-land between child and teen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345475763
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/31/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,259,349
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Linda Perlstein was a prizewinning education reporter for The Washington Post. She is the author of Not Much Just Chillin’. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a required book for one of my classes. It was an eye-opening, revealing look into the lives of middle school students. It helps teachers and parents to see into the world of their students and children. I will be keeping this book for future reference!