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Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

April 15, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Not many graphic novels can please both so many generations of readers ...

I don't review a lot of books for older readers, but this graphic novel release of the 1st book in the Middle School Confidential series is really a stunning offering in the App Store. It isn't narrated, but even younger kids will enjoy having the stories read to them. I think many elementary age children will relate to the topics, like self-consciousness, bullying, stress, fitting in, sticky issues in friendships and learning to like yourself.

The book is developmentally perfect for tweens & teens, but the content was even appropriate for my preschooler (although some of the concepts were over his head). It is even an entertaining read & nice refresher for adults, since these issues can be life long for most of us. I've always thought we don't really grow up, just get older. ;-)

The print versions of this series were published recently, 2008-2010. I only wish Annie Fox had written these fabulous books when I was a middle school counselor earlier in the decade. The series is just that exceptional. It's fun, hip and something youth will relate to. It's also packed with great stories that will guide them to feel better about themselves, think more deeply about problems and understand how to be a friend not only to others but to themselves.

As a digital book this one is well made, nicely augmented with music and hits just the right note for this age group with its graphic novel style. You can tilt the device for either landscape or portrait and with a simple double tap the view changes & enlarges to read frame-by-frame. This is a very cool feature and includes nice sound effects that are more like a sound track, nicely crafted to match the emotion or activity in each scene. There is an additional page describing each of the teens in detail.

Overall, this is a well-developed ebook based on top-notch content that is not only educational but also a fun read. It has great messages about all the issues that make middle school one of the hardest times in life. If you work with youth or have a child in 5-8th grade in particular, share your iPad and this book with them - you'll both feel better after reading it. My highest recommendation!

[Note to educators, librarians & school social work/counseling staff: A wonderfulFREE teacher's guide is also available to accompany this series.]

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

April 15, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Annie Fox/Matt Kindt

Electric Eggplant

Length (time):
15 - 30 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 6 - 15 +

English •

Length (pages):
45 Pages


Story Synopsis - Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

See Annie Fox's websitefor even more resources, advice column for teens, a free book on 'dating & relating' and much more! Also available now for Android: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0062TXCVC

This graphic novel follows the lives of six teenagers with 8 separate stories. The chapters cover issues that impact kids from elementary to high school. The characters, Chris, Michele, Mateo, Jen, Abby and Jack, are all trying to fit in with their peers, learn to like themselves and deal with sticky interpersonal issues. The chapters cover the following topics:

Chapter 1: Do You Like the Way You Look?

Chapter 2: Sometimes I Worry What Other People Think

Chapter 3: Sometimes I Just Lose It

Chapter 4: Meet the Opinionator

Chapter 5: Fact Finder - Getting at the Truth

Chapter 6: I Don't Get It

Chapter 7: I'm Stressed Out!

Chapter 8: I Like Who I Am


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Orientation: Portrait

Format: iPad


Page Guide/Home Button, About the Cast, Credits, About the App, About the Books

App Release Date:


Size: 40.55 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No



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