Surviving Middle School: Navigating the Halls, Riding the Social Roller Coaster, and Unmasking the Real You

Luke Reynolds. Aladdin/Beyond Words, $19.99 (192p) ISBN 978-1-58270-555-2
Adopting a jokey but understanding tone, Reynolds uses his own past experiences and those of the students he currently teaches to commiserate with readers who are dealing with insecurity, the pressure to conform, grade stresses, and other difficulties; throughout, he urges them to maintain their individuality and accept that there will be good days and bad. While some of Reynolds’s metaphors can be goofy to the point of nonsensical (he compares negative external pressures to “space gnomes who are only after one thing: garlic bread,” and hard-to-scrub-away “caked dirt” represents inner determination), his compassion for those in the trenches is never in question, and readers in need will find plenty of encouragement in these pages. Ages 10–14. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (July)
Reviewed on: 06/06/2016
Release date: 07/05/2016
Genre: Children's
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