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Real Friends vs. the Other Kind

Middle School Confidential™ Series (Book 2)

illustrated by Matt Kindt

Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, the second book in the Middle School Confidential series, continues to follow Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—six students just trying to figure it all out in middle school—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.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-319-7
Reading Level: Grades 7 & Up
Interest Level: Ages 11–14
Guided Reading Level: Z
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 6" x 8"
Page Count: 96

Praise for Real Friends vs. the Other Kind

“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, 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.”—

“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

Praise for the series

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

“Young readers will be able to relate to the teens in the books and will feel as though they’re having a conversation with their friends. Entering middle school can be tough, which is why it’s great to have a series like this that middle graders can turn to.”—Lori Calabrese, children’s books examiner,

“Annie Fox and the creative team at Electric Eggplant have successfully published a series of comic books for the iPad directed at preteens. These entertaining stories are full of life lessons without being preachy or overly authoritative. Taking stories from actual issues that preteens face, Fox created the comics to help kids cope with things like fake friends, self-esteem, and eating disorders. With advice from a group of awkward youngsters who have their own insecurities, preteens can connect with the characters on these pages and, hopefully, make good decisions in life.”—PadGadget

  • Learning and Laughter Favorite Educational Product Award Winner
  • Kidlutions™ Preferred Product Award (PPA)

  • Common Core State Standards


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