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Not Much Just Chillin'
The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
Written by Linda Perlstein

Not Much Just Chillin'
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Category: Family & Relationships - Parenting; Family & Relationships - Adolescence; Family & Relationships - Education
Imprint: Ballantine Books
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: August 2004
Price: $16.00
Can. Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-47576-3 (0-345-47576-3)
Pages: 288



 
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.

“Perlstein’s interpretation of what’s going on inside [middle schooler’s] hormone-charged world is information every educator and parent should have. . . . A fascinating and important book.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chillin’ may not make parents feel more comfortable about early adolescence’s arrival in their household, but it will certainly make them more prepared.”
The New York Times





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