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Real Friends vs. the Other Kind
Middle School Confidential™ Series
Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Matt Kindt 
Real Friends vs. the Other Kind

"There's nothing like being with friends. But if you're like us, you probably have questions about friendships. Maybe you're not sure if someone is a real friend or the 'other' kind. Speaking of which, a few weeks ago a kid from Chris's old school showed up..."

So continues the journey of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six students just trying to figure it all out in middle school. Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, the second book in the Middle School Confidential series, follows these characters as they work to forge friendships while navigating tough social situations.

Book 2 offers insider information on making friends, resolving disputes, and dealing with common middle school concerns—like gossip, exclusion, and cyberbullying. There's also expert advice on crushes, peer pressure, and being there for friends who need help. Here is some of what’s inside:

  • Tools to find out if someone is a real friend (or the other kind)
  • Ideas for what to do in friendship dilemmas
  • 8 questions to ask in deciding whether to ask someone out
  • 5 ways to make new friends
  • Quizzes to figure out “What would a friend do?”
  • And much more!

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

 

 
  Downloads from Real Friends vs. the Other Kind

Table of Contents
Introduction
“Who Are Your Real Friends?” (Tips)
“What Would a Real Friend Do?” (Quiz)
“When It Comes to Friends...” (Quotes)
“Need to Know?” (Resources)


 
 

 

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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 
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A Gold EMPixx award-winner in the Book Trailer category from the American Pixel Academy.

 

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Standards

 
 

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

 
 

 

96 pages, illustrated, softcover, full-color, 6" x 8", ISBN 978-1-57542-319-7

F&P: Grades 7 & up/Ages 11–14/Z
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Awards
  • Learning and Laughter Favorite Educational Product Award Winner
  • Kidlutions Preferred Product Award (PPA)
 
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

“A sneaky-brilliant way to put together TONS of information for kids.”—Jane Balvanz, MSE, RPT, A Way Through™ Blog

“In her second book in the series, Middle School Confidential: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, Annie Fox delivers another powerful, helpful, and entertaining book for kids. . . . Reluctant readers could easily be attracted by this style where they can flip to any page in the book to get the information they need without having to read the entire book.” —Once Upon a Book

“Fox does a remarkable job of laying out familiar middle school scenarios.”—ParentingPink.com

“Nine out of ten people agree that middle school can be the toughest period in a young person’s life . . . and this wonderful book by our friends at Free Spirit can help a young person in that journey. This graphic book (comic book style for those of us who grew up a while ago) should be slipped into every new middle schooler’s backpack or under his or her pillow.” —Reach and Teach

“Amazing, colorful, and educational. . . . Middle school kids would definitely benefit from reading this.” —Sue Scheff, parent advocate, founder of P.U.R.E.™, and author of Google Bomb and Wit’s End

“There’s a lot packed into this colorful title that falls somewhere between self-help and peer advice.”
School Library Journal


 
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

“Annie Fox manages to take an extremely delicate subject for teens, tweens and families and turn it into a manageable and teachable process. Real Friends vs. the Other Kind is both witty and poignant, and a must-read for every young person.” —Vanessa Van Petten, teen author You’re Grounded! and creator of OnTeensToday.com