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

by Linda Perlstein

PUBLISHED: 31st August 2004
ISBN: 9780345475763
ANNOTATION:
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.
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PUBLISHED: 31st August 2004
ISBN: 9780345475763
ANNOTATION:
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.

Annotation

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.

Publisher 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.

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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. Prizewinning education reporter Linda Perlstein spent a year in classrooms and lunchrooms to find out what's going on in the hearts and minds of a group of suburban Maryland middle schoolers, and she emerged with this pathbreaking account. Perlstein reveals what really takes place underneath kids' don't-touch-me facade and how 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.

Author Biography

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.

Review

"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 "Linda Perlstein has a wonderful and compassionate way of presenting the incredibly poignant day-to-day stories of middle schoolers. A truly valuable book." -ANTHONY E. WOLF, PH.D., author of Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?

"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

"PERLSTEIN IS A GODSEND. . . . ELOQUENTLY ARTICULATING THE STUDENTS' HIDDEN PERSPECTIVES." -Washingtonian

Review Quote

"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 "Linda Perlstein has a wonderful and compassionate way of presenting the incredibly poignant day-to-day stories of middle schoolers. A truly valuable book." ANTHONY E. WOLF, PH.D., author of Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? "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 "PERLSTEIN IS A GODSEND. . . . ELOQUENTLY ARTICULATING THE STUDENTS' HIDDEN PERSPECTIVES." Washingtonian

Product Details

Author
Linda Perlstein
Short Title
NOT MUCH JUST CHILLIN
Pages
288
Publisher
Ballantine Books
Language
English
ISBN-10
0345475763
ISBN-13
9780345475763
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Year
2004
Publication Date
2004-08-31
Subtitle
The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers
Country of Publication
United States
Audience
General/Trade