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

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Suddenly they go from striving for As 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 whats really going on under kids dont-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-mans-land between child and teen.
Product Details

Author: Linda Perlstein

Language: English


Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: 2004-08-31

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0345475763

ISBN13: 9780345475763