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Be Confident in Who You Are

illustrated by Matt Kindt

This is 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.

This unique, graphic-novel inspired book 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.

Click here to learn about the digital graphic-novel app based on Be Confident in Who You Are.

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Paperback $9.99 23029 Paperback 23029 $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-57542-302-9
Reading Level: Grade 6
Interest Level: Ages 11–14
Guided Reading Level: Y
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 6" x 8"
Page Count: 96

Praise for Be Confident in Who You Are

“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

Be Confident in Who You Are gives parents the gift of opening a dialogue 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 of

“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

“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

  • Learning and Laughter Favorite Educational Product Award Winner
  • Kidlutions™ Preferred Product Award (PPA)
  • Parental Wisdom’s Good Parenting Seal

  • Common Core State Standards


Related Resources

Be Confident in Who You Are App
Speak Up and Get Along!
Stick Up for Yourself 2019

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