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Be Confident in Who You Are
Middle School Confidential™ Series
Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Matt Kindt 
Be Confident in Who You Are

"Hey. We go to Milldale Middle School. We’re very different in lots of ways, but we’re all good friends. A couple months ago, we were just hanging out when these kids came over . . .”

So begins the journey of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six students just trying to figure it all out in middle school. Be Confident in Who You Are follows these characters as they work to meet new challenges and survive the social scene—without losing sight of who they are.

Book 1 of the Middle School Confidential series deals with self-esteem, offering insider information on common tween and teen concerns as well as practical advice for being healthy, feeling good about who you are, and staying in control of your feelings and actions—even when the pressure is on. Here is some of what's inside:

  • Tips to silence the “Opinionator”—that voice people have in the back of their minds that says they’re not good enough
  • 5 effective ways for dealing with teasing
  • Teen advice on shutting out peer pressure and doing what’s right
  • Ideas to unplug “Mental Movies”—repeating thoughts that can bring people down
  • 5 everyday ways to de-stress
  • And much more!

Filled with character narratives, quizzes, quotes from real kids, tips, tools, and resources, this book is a timely and engaging survival guide for the middle school years.

 

 
   Downloads from Be Confident in Who You Are

Table of Contents
Introduction
"Dealing with Teasing" (Tips)
"Do I Worry Too Much About What Other People Think?" (Quiz)
"Need to Know?" (Resources)
"What I Like About Myself" (Quotes)  

 
 

 

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Also Available:

Middle School Confidential™ 2: Be Confident in Who You Are is a 49-page graphic novel app based on the book. Designed for kids ages 8–14, the app features richly layered movie-like sound effects and music and allows the reader to interact with the story. The app is available for the iPad, NOOK Color, Kindle Fire, and other Android tablets. Learn more at MiddleSchoolConfidential.com.

 
Educators!

Not sure how to use the books in the Middle School Confidential series in your classroom, counseling, or after-school setting? Download A Leader’s Guide to the Middle School Confidential Series for discussion questions and activities you can use to promote discussion on important tween and teen topics.

Download A Leader’s Guide to the Middle School Confidential Series


Parents!

Check out “Family Confidential: Secrets to Successful Parenting,” a weekly podcast series from Middle School Confidential author Annie Fox. Listen in as Annie provides practical parenting advice through conversations with authors, educators, and therapists. Dynamic discussions help strengthen family connections with tips, insights, and practical tools for guiding your kids through middle school and beyond.

Learn more about “Family Confidential: Secrets to Successful Parenting”


Middle School Confidential Series Book Video

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Standards

 
 

Common Core
RI.6.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10
RI.7.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10
RI.8.1,2,3,4,5,6,6,8,9
W.6.1,1b,2,2b,3,3b,4,6,9b,10
SL.6.1,1c,3,6

 
 

 

96 pages, illustrated, softcover, full-color, 6" x 8", ISBN 978-1-57542-302-9

F&P: Grade 6/Ages 11–14/Y
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Awards
  • Learning and Laughter Favorite Educational Product Award Winner
  • Kidlutions Preferred Product Award (PPA)
  • Parental Wisdom's Good Parenting Seal
 
Reviews

“Packed with easy-to-read information on how to not only get through middle school, but how to thrive during these years.”—Callie Feyen, Sit a While blog

“The [Middle School Confidential series] books are fun to read and a must-have for tweens, teens, and their parents. Get them today and start raising confident, skillful kids.”—Dr. Lynne Kenney, The Family Coach

“Recommended resource.”—ParentLife

“We are getting our 5th graders ready for a new environment—middle school. . . . Students are taking skills they’ve learned from Middle School Confidential and utilizing them in their daily lives. . . . The students who have read the series have had a noticeably improved attitude about entering middle school. That shift in perspective is allowing kids not to dread but embrace their middle grade years. I encourage teachers, school librarians, and parents to get these on your bookshelves. They won’t be sitting idle for long.”—Books That Heal Kids Blog

“In a friendly, engaging voice, the text provides the reader with a safe place to ask and wonder about those tough middle school questions.”—Once Upon a Book

“Fox has done a marvelous job of ‘reading’ tween girls’ minds.”
ParentingPink.com

“Chock-full of helpful hints...lists resources to help readers increase their self-esteem. The graphic-novel-like design will make this self-help tool stand out and appeal to fans of that format.” —School Library Journal

“A practical and fun resource for tweens making the adjustment from elementary to middle school.” —Jennifer O’Donnell, About.com. Click here to read more of this review.

“Be Confident in Who You Are gives parents the gift of opening a dialog with their middle school children on the issues they face. While Annie Fox writes to children in their language, parents are reminded of how stressful these times can be. Skip the next movie and read this book with your kids instead.”
—Tina Nocera, founder, Parental Wisdom

“Smart and funny and real, these tips and tools will help you deal with real life issues. I wish I had this book when I was in middle school.”
Ericka Lutz, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Friendship for Teens


 
In the Real World

“Well, it’s that time of year again. We are getting our 5th graders ready for a new environment—middle school. Just bringing up this topic can raise anxiety in the room. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a hip, relevant, contemporary book series to help students transition from elementary to middle school? Done and done! Series found. And how do I know Middle School Confidential is doing wonders for future middle schoolers? Since the moment I introduced the books, I’ve barely seen them since. A steady stream of 5th graders have been checking them out from my bookshelf.

“When asking kids how they like the series and how it’s helping them, I was delighted by their responses. Students are taking skills they’ve learned from Middle School Confidential and utilizing them in their daily lives. One student recommended I share with 5th graders an activity called ‘Who Are Your Real Friends?’ from Real Friends vs. the Other Kind because it helped her evaluate her own friendships. A book that decreases friendship drama? Love it.

“The students who have read the series have had a noticeably improved attitude about entering middle school. That shift in perspective is allowing kids not to dread but embrace their middle grade years. I encourage teachers, school librarians, and parents to get these on your bookshelves. They won’t be sitting idle for long.”—Roxanne, elementary school counselor, operator of Books That Heal Kids Blog



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What People Are Saying

Be Confident in Who You Are is exciting, bold and different. I wish I had this book to help me when I was in the throes of school cliques and mean girls. Each character and tip section are extremely real for teens and kids who need someone to relate to.” —Vanessa Van Petten, teen author of You’re Grounded! and creator of OnTeensToday.com