How to NAVIGATE Middle School

Magination Pr. (Kid Confident: Bk. 4). Feb. 2023. 272p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781433838224.
Gr 5-7–For the student with burning questions on what middle school will really be like, or nervous about more homework, locker combinations, extracurricular activities, and different teachers and peers, this text offers coping tips on those topics and many others. Written by a psychologist and a therapist, this book gives advice on time management, motivation, stress management, self-advocacy, and more. The authors introduce readers to a group of five diverse fictional children from different backgrounds with different learning styles. Each character has a small profile to make them relatable to readers. Each chapter features this sample of middle school peers in common situations, what each would do, and what they could do to better themselves. Most chapters also include fun quizzes to determine what type of learner the reader may be, as well as useful tips. The authors are adept at explaining concepts and strategies for self-care and mindfulness in an understandable manner. Important topics are printed in a larger font and bolded. Illustrations are scarce but simple, fun, and used with great impact. Extra resources, including book recommendations, online resources, and apps, are listed in the back matter.
VERDICT A useful addition to collections for middle schoolers and their caregivers, especially where the other “Kid Confident” books are popular.

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