In this hilarious guide full of honest, real-life experiences, veteran teacher Luke Reynolds skillfully and humorously shows kids how to not only survive, but thrive and even enjoy the wild adventure that is middle school.
Middle grade series like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries bring an authentic voice and vision to fiction about middle schoolers. Now, for the first time a nonfiction guide to middle school offers that same funny and relatable voice, while skillfully teaching life lessons to not just help kids find their footing during the tough years between elementary and high school, but to find the joy in their new adventures and challenges.
Author and teacher Luke Reynolds uses irreverent humor, genuine affection for middle schoolers, and authenticity that bubbles over as he ties real-life experiences from his own time in middle school to the experiences he has from his many years as a teacher.
Covering topics like bullying, peer pressure, grades, dealing with difficult parents, and love and romance, this rare book reaches kids at a deeper level during an age when they are often considered too young to appreciate it. Readers will learn to find their own voice, begin to explore their genuine identity, and definitely laugh out loud along the way.
Aladdin/Beyond Words; July 2016
- ISBN: 9781481439213
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: Surviving Middle School
- Author: Luke Reynolds
Imprint: Aladdin/Beyond Words
In The Press
With age-appropriatehumor and insight, veteran teacher Reynolds offers advice aimed at assistingyoung people as they trek through the minefield that is middle school.Honest intone but with an acute sense of the ridiculous (the trope ofgarlic-bread-stealing space gnomes is overused), the short chapters containstories from the author's own middle school experience or his imagination, anarrative approach that will appeal to fans of books such as Diary of a WimpyKid. Short chapters on bullying, peer pressure, grades, dealing with parentsand teachers, and more are sprinkled with accessible and pertinent quotes andend with exercises to try. The topic of sex is excluded, gearing the book toyounger readers—especially those who enjoy scatological goofiness. Reynoldstakes on the media, imagining a fictitious Mr. Buttmuncher at its head, toencourage kids to think for themselves. While playful black-and-white cartoonillustrations and doodles add to the zaniness, the messages are worthy andclear: be yourself; practice empathy; work hard; hug your parents. A list ofrecommended books and movies is appended.For those approaching or in the scrumof middle school, a positive reminder that the perfect middle school experiencedoes not exist. (Nonfiction. 10-14)