Item description for Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers by Linda Perlstein...
Overview An award-winning education reporter for the Washington Post takes readers on a harrowing tour of the middle school years, exploring issues of anxiety, conformity, and rebellion common to this age group. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Publishers Description Suddenly they go from striving for A's to barely passing, from fretting about cooties to obsessing for hours about crushes. Former chatterboxes answer in monosyllables; freethinkers mimic everything from clothes to opinions. Their bodies and psyches morph through the most radical changes since infancy. They are kids in the middle-school years, the age every adult remembers well enough to dread. Here at last is an up-to-date anthropology of this critically formative period. Prize-winning education reporter Linda Perlstein spent a year immersed in the lunchroom, classrooms, hearts, and minds of a group of suburban Maryland middle schoolers and emerged with this pathbreaking account. Perlstein reveals what's really going on under kids' don't-touch-me facade while they grapple with schoolwork, puberty, romance, and identity. A must-read for parents and educators, "Not Much Just Chillin'" offers a trail map to the baffling no-man's-land between child and teen.
Citations And Professional Reviews Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers by Linda Perlstein has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 09/01/2007 page 61
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Studio: Ballantine Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2004
Publisher Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345475763 ISBN13 9780345475763
Availability 0 units.
More About Linda Perlstein
Linda Perlstein spent six years covering education for "The Washington Post" and is the author of the acclaimed "Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers," She speaks nationwide to educators and parents. She grew up in Milwaukee and now lives with her husband in Baltimore and western Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers?
Interesting, but draw your own conclusions May 6, 2007
This is a thoroughly researched book at one middle school. Be careful taking the insights as generalizations. It uses good stories and provides lots of information, but makes no judgments or suggestions as to how to help your middle school student or what works with them. It also seems almost dated in reference to technology since it has already progressed to the point where most middle schoolers have cell phones, text messaging, email, etc. On the positive side, the study into relationships between parents and middle schoolers and friends is thought-provoking.
pleased Sep 7, 2005
I am very pleased with this purchase. It was just the book I needed to add to my collection of middle school literature.
From a middle school principal... Feb 17, 2005
I heard Linda speak at the National Middle School Convention in 2003. During her presentation, she used quotes from this text. I was so intrigued, I purchased the book that day and read it in its entirety throughout the following days. Reading this took me back to my time as a 'junior high' student. The feelings came rushing back and that experience has changed many of the ways I deal with my middle school students each and every day. I recommend this to my teachers as it provides a unique, humorous and sometimes touching insight into the 'tweenagers' we encounter. The book is well written and kept a reluctant reader VERY interested. I highly recommend this book to middle school teachers and parents of middle-aged children.
I know how it is, Jan 22, 2005
First of all, everyone that says this book isn't accurate is retarded. I go to WSMS and this book is so right it's like it was written by an eighth grader. She does a great job, perhaps you people don't have the insight to realise this book goes deeper. This book even helped me understand myself, I recommend it to girls and boys my age (eighth grade) who are looking to see through the eyes of another. It's hard being who we are, and this kinda makes it easier. :)
Not as I was expecting Dec 29, 2004
I suppose I was looking for a "how to deal with it" from an someone educated in the field. This was more like a "here's what happened in this school" book. I was left saying to myself, "That's what happened in that school then. What about what is happening in schools in other regions of the country (which makes a huge difference), and how does a parent successfully respond to the changes and conflicts that my kid is going through?" Some of the story lines were interesting, but did not help me at all. I regret buying the book.