Middle School—Safety Goggles Advised: Exploring the Weird Stuff from Gossip to Grades, Cliques to Crushes, and Popularity to Peer Pressure (Paperback)
Take a large group of kids in puberty, send them to a new school, and add a generous dose of tests, homework, and hormones, not to mention diverse personalities, bland food, and unpleasant odors. That’s middle school, and it can be a little . . . weird.
Yes, there are cool things about middle school, like more independence, new friends, and new activities. But there’s baffling stuff too, like harsh judgment, the whole “popularity” thing, and, of course, drama. With insights from hundreds of students, this guidebook explores the halls of middle school, especially the odd behaviors that lurk in the shadows. Slip on your lab coats, because we’re going to dissect these behaviors one by one to understand what’s really going on. With fun illustrations and choose-your-own-adventure-style scenarios, Middle School—Safety Goggles Advised will help you deal with the drama and define who you are and how to navigate life when things get, well, weird.
About the Author
Jessica Speer is the award-winning author of BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships and Middle School—Safety Goggles Advised. Her interactive books engage and entertain readers by combining the stories of preteens and teens with fun activities, like quizzes and fill-in-the-blanks. Blending humor, science, and practical insights, her writing unpacks the tricky stuff that peaks during adolescence. She has a master’s degree in social sciences and explores social-emotional topics in ways that connect with kids. For more information, visit www.JessicaSpeer.com
“Jessica Speer’s latest book, Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised, is an absolute treasure and must-read for middle school students and those who love them. Based on the insights of hundreds of students, Speer sheds light on topics of real interest to kids—from social media and changing friendship groups, to navigating conflict, dealing with drama, managing stress, and surviving the harsh judgments of their friends. With a funny, engaging voice that keeps it interesting and the perfect amount of science that keeps it real, Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised is the kind of book that kids will read, re-read, bookmark, and study. I can’t wait to use it with my own students!” —Signe Whitson, author of 8 Keys to End Bullying, The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Book, and Friendship Other Weapons
“This is a wonderful book. Middle school students and their parents will get a lot of helpful information, which will undoubtedly make navigating middle school easier.” —Dr. Cherylee E. Hirsch, Psy.D., School Psychologist
"As a 7th-grade teacher, I can attest to the fact that this book is on the mark. What 12-year-old wouldn't love the engaging prose, quiz questions, and choose your own endings that this book provides?! With its upbeat tone, this "survival" book will certainly keep young readers' attention while still honoring the incredibly challenging experiences that middle schoolers face." —Cindy Ruzicka, Middle School Teacher
“Buy two books! One for the middle schooler in your life, and one for their parents! The quizzes, quotes, and choose your own adventure stories help tweens and teens sort out their views and feelings while learning how to navigate social topics. It’s a book they may read cover to cover or refer to as needed. For parents, it’s a quick refresher on the social struggles of the middle school years, with a heads up on some new topics as you mentor your kids. The list of references in the back of the book is also great for more tools as needed!” —Kristin Buchtel, author of Noteworthy Parenting
"Jessica Speer's latest book, Middle School- Safety Goggles Advised, is a must-read! An empowering resource for middle school students and a refreshing resource for adults alike. This book is a great guide to help navigate social situations, inspire students through self-reflective activities, and promote self-awareness and self-advocacy skills."—Emily Schenk, Middle School Counselor CRC