The Manual to Middle School


Less middle school stress. More student success.

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By the time you left your elementary school, you knew the ropes. You were the oldest, the smartest, the top dog. But the minute you enter middle school, everything changes. You have more teachers and harder classes. Your friendships change. And suddenly the girls you thought you knew are acting like totally different people! How do you know what's expected of you now? And how do you keep from embarrassing yourself as you figure it all out?

With insight from three guys who have been there, The Manual to Middle School is your "Do This, Not That" guide to nearly everything middle school can throw your way, including:

- lockers
- bullies
- test taking
- cell phone use
- homework
- gossip
- leadership
- respect
- sports
- and more

With real-life hacks, humorous illustrations, and tons of true survival stories, Jonathan Catherman and his sons, Reed and Cole, will get you through middle school like a pro.

About Jonathan and Erica Catherman

The Cathermans’ books and resources for tweens, teens, parents, educators, and mentors have benefited millions of people around the world. They have written seven #1 new release and three #1 bestselling books, including Raising Them Ready and The Manual to Manhood. Erica is a 500-hour RYT certified instructor, mentor, and coach, and Jonathan is a development sociologist. They have spoken more than 2,000 times worldwide to diverse audiences of all ages about the principles and strengths that empower personal greatness. For his commitment to understanding societal development and factors impacting youth, Jonathan has been honored with The President's Volunteer Service Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Service Award, the National Alliance of Faith and Justice Award, and multiple Parents' Choice and Community Partnership Awards.

“I bought this book for my 13 year old son and he absolutely loves it! It explains things I can’t and does it a way he understands. Great for any boy starting middle school!” 

- Jessica R.

“My son is getting ready to go to middle school and he absolutely loves this book. I read a few pages myself and the box is informative, educational, and also humorous. This would be good for any kid that loves to read!” 

- A.J.

“My grandson LOVED this book. He read it cover to cover two weeks before starting middle school and said it really helped him.” 

- S.C.

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