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Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers

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Publisher Comments:

A report from the front lines of the most formative-and least understood-years of children's lives

Suddenly they go from striving for A's to barely passing, or obsessing for hours over "boyfriends" they've barely spoken to. Former chatterboxes answer in monosyllables; free-thinkers mimic their peers' clothes, not to mention their opinions. Bodies and psyches morph under the most radical changes since infancy. On the surface, they're "just chillin'." Underneath, they're a stew of anxiety and ardor, conformity and rebellion. They are kids in the middle school years, the age every adult remembers well enough to dread. No one understands them, not parents, not teachers, least of all themselves-no one, that is, until Linda Perlstein spent a year immersed in the lives of suburban Maryland middle-schoolers and emerged with this pathbreaking account.

The book traverses the school year, following five representative kids-and including the stories of many more-as they study, party, IM each other, and simply explain what they think and feel. As Perlstein writes about what she saw and heard, she explains what's really going on under the don't-touch-me facade of these critically formative years, in which kids grapple with schoolwork, puberty, romance, identity, and new kinds of relationships with their parents and peers. Not Much Just Chillin' offers a trail map to the baffling no-man's-land between child and teen, the time when children don't want to grow up, and so badly do.

Review:

"In addition to details about the children's confirmations, bat mitzvahs, friendships and homework, Perlstein interweaves information about how middle-school children learn best and what parents can do to help." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Not Much Just Chillin' takes the reader to a mystical place — the changing world of the middle schooler — never before visited in this personal way. Every parent, teacher, principal and friend of an adolescent can gain useful insights from this book. Linda Perlstein has done a great service for education by spending a year with these boys and girls in their classrooms, homes and during their personal times and then eloquently chronicling their complicated lives." Richard W. Riley, former Secretary of Education

Review:

"Linda Perlstein has managed to embed herself in the lives and minds of middle schoolers, thoroughly capturing both the major issues and the minutiae that govern the course of these crucial years. A terrific read for parents and other adults who need to navigate along with them." Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

Review:

"A fascinating window onto what goes on in the world and in the heads of middle schoolers. Linda Perlstein has a wonderful and compassionate way of presenting their incredibly poignant day-to-day stories. A truly valuable book." Anthony E. Wolf Ph.D., author of Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me And Cheryl To The Mall?

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-260).

About the Author

Linda Perlstein is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Post.

Table of Contents

Prologue: at least they can't shove me in 3
1 I can't believe the day's almost over 11
2 Everyone else thinks it's a stupid plane crash 25
3 Any girl will obsess over at least 1 guy in their life 39
4 Stop! don't touch! get Out! 50
5 I'm scary enough as it is 59
6 There's always next quarter 69
7 It's not you it's me 82
8 I can't make her do anything 95
9 I barely ever have a chance to make fun of anyone 105
10 But what does this actually have to do with real life? 113
11 Purple, is that close enough? 128
12 I don't care about the snack pass 135
13 Not much just chillin' 145
14 It's the jackie show! 151
15 I'm not that curious anyone 161
16 I love yo more than words can say 173
17 Sometimes I wanna say stuff, but I don't wanna say stuff 177
18 Another survivor of the woods 189
19 She started humping me! and I was like :-O 201
20 Now you have the persentage of your love 210
21 She's lost to us 218
22 This is the most I ever typed in one day! 223
23 Why do people always take sex as a play thing? 232
24 There's nothing to be scared of in middle school 240
Epilogue: You get good at something and then you move on 246
Notes 251
Selected bibliography 257
Acknowledgments 261

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374208820
Subtitle:
The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
Author:
Perlstein, Linda
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
School Age
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Adolescent Psychology
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Middle school students.
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Life Stages - School Age
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
No. 14722
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Product details 272 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374208820 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In addition to details about the children's confirmations, bat mitzvahs, friendships and homework, Perlstein interweaves information about how middle-school children learn best and what parents can do to help."
"Review" by , "Not Much Just Chillin' takes the reader to a mystical place — the changing world of the middle schooler — never before visited in this personal way. Every parent, teacher, principal and friend of an adolescent can gain useful insights from this book. Linda Perlstein has done a great service for education by spending a year with these boys and girls in their classrooms, homes and during their personal times and then eloquently chronicling their complicated lives."
"Review" by , "Linda Perlstein has managed to embed herself in the lives and minds of middle schoolers, thoroughly capturing both the major issues and the minutiae that govern the course of these crucial years. A terrific read for parents and other adults who need to navigate along with them."
"Review" by , "A fascinating window onto what goes on in the world and in the heads of middle schoolers. Linda Perlstein has a wonderful and compassionate way of presenting their incredibly poignant day-to-day stories. A truly valuable book." Anthony E. Wolf Ph.D., author of Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Drive Me And Cheryl To The Mall?
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-260).
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