The Girls' Guide to Conquering Middle School:

The Girls' Guide to Conquering Middle School: "Do This, Not That" Advice Every Girl Needs

by Erica Catherman, Jonathan Catherman


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The transition from elementary school to middle school skirts the borders of traumatic for many girls. Their bodies are changing, their moods are shifting, their friendships are tested, and boys can become a big distraction. Girls may begin to struggle with grades, behavior, and relationships with family and friends. How do they know what to do and what not to do in this new environment with new expectations?

Erica and Jonathan Catherman offer girls ages ten to twelve the practical help they need to make the move to middle school as painless as possible. The "do this, not that" format covers a hundred relevant topics and situations middle school girls will face, including the first day, bullies, test taking, cell phone use, homework, gossip, leadership, respect, sports, PDA, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800729813
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 119,878
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 11 - 13 Years

About the Author

Erica Catherman has spent more than twenty years mentoring young women as a coach to middle school, high school, and college students. Committed to raising up the next generation to be kind, confident, and capable, Erica has served as a youth group leader, community volunteer, and advocate for gender equality in sports. She is a certified Yoga Alliance and Group Fitness instructor.

Jonathan Catherman is the author of the bestselling books The Manual to Manhood and The Manual to Middle School. An award-winning cultural strategist and a leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth, Jonathan speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults.

Together, the Cathermans are the authors of The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life. They live in North Carolina, where they work together to raise their family, which includes two teenagers and a couple of big dogs. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1st Day 10

Absences 12

Announcements 14

Assemblies 16

Backpacks 18

Bathroom-Keep It Clean 20

Bathroom-No Loitering 22

Body Odor 24

Book Reports 26

Boy Friends 28

Bragging 30

Brush Your Teeth 32

Bus-Take Your Seat 34

Bus-Waste Not, Want Not 36

Car Riders 38

Cell Phone 40

Cheating 42

Clothing Style 44

Communication 46

Crying 48

Cyberbullies 50

Dances 52

Dating 54

Desks 56

Detention 58

Drama 60

Drinks 62

Elective Classes 64

Emotions 66

Face Wash 68

Farting 70

Fights 72

Fire Drills 74

Food 76

Foot Odor 78

Friends 80

Gaming 82

Get to Class on Time 84

Gossip 86

Grades 88

Grammar 90

Guy Friends 92

Hair 94

Hall Pass 96

Hallways 98

Hand Washing 100

Handwriting 102

Home Room 104

Homeroom 106

Homework 108

Leadership 110

Lockdowns 112

Locker Locks 114

Locker Rooms 116

Lockers 118

Lost and Found 120

Lunch 122

Lunch Line 124

Lying 126

Mean Girls 128

Media Center/Library 130

Money 132

Nail Trimming 134

Name on Your Paper 136

Online 138

Parents 140

PDA 142

Perfume 144

Physical Education 146

Pop Quizzes 148

Prepared for Class 150

Principal 152

Problem Solving 154

Puberty 156

Raise Your Hand 158

Reading for Fun 160

Reading for School 162

Report Cards 164

Respect Upperclassmen 166

School Pictures 168

Shaving 170

Showering 172

Siblings 174

Sick Days 176

Skipping School 178

Social Media 180

Sports 182

Stealing 184

Studying 186

Substitute Teachers 188

Swearing 190

Teachers 192

Testing 194

Texting 196

Track the Teacher 198

Trash 200

Voice Volume 202

Writing Papers 204

Yearbook 206

Zombies 208

Riddle Me This 211

Notes 219

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The Girls' Guide to Conquering Middle School: "Do This, Not That" Advice Every Girl Needs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was very inspiring and compelling to read with also had most of all kind of do this and not doing that to guide and advice that necessary need to help every kids specially girl in the middle school that had a lot of change happening in their life all you need to do is think before you do that. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads Bloggers for this review”.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With their easy to read “do this,” “not this” approach to different situations and topics face by middle schoolers, the Catherman’s have created a good read for any middle school girl (or parent of a middle schooler). Ideas are presented in a way that is relatable and fun and include topics like the first day of school, hall passes and homework, guys, and texting. The brief chapters and the variety of topics covered throughout the book make The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Middle School an excellent handbook for girls and parents. The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Middle School is one in a series of books for teen and pre-teen guys and gals written by Jonathan and Erica Catherman. These books have quickly become a favorite in our home, and I am eager to recommend them to others who have pre-teens and teenagers in their home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had previously read and reviewed another guidebook by the Cathermans (A Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life). Knowing how thorough that book was, I jumped at the opportunity to check this one out. My daughter isn’t in Middle School yet, but considering how time flies, I know it won’t be long. This book covers everything from the first day of school, hygiene, avoiding drama and so much more. They really cover everything I could think of to prepare my own daughter. Even things like remembering to write your name on your paper/assignment, preparing for a test, and respectful relationships with teachers and the principal (yes, this is important if you want to have a less than miserable experience in Middle School). Some of the information might not apply to all readers. For example, I wasn’t big on wearing makeup when I was in 6th-8th grades, but others were. Still, I was happy to find those topics covered, and if it doesn’t happen to apply to the reader, they simply need to skip that section. This book is a great guide and would be extremely helpful for girls just entering 6th grade. I’d recommend giving it as a “graduation” give for your 5th grader, something they could skim through and reference during the summer in preparation for the next big step in their education. Each section is light reading, just covering the basics of the topic with a page of information and graphics for those that learn best through seeing rather than just reading. The reader isn’t bogged down with a ton of details or reading. Some might think this is a problem, but I think with the attention span most kids possess, this book provides enough information to give them a general idea as well as most likely sparking the thought process. I’d consider this book a springboard, like a starting point towards the bigger picture of what to expect. Not every Middle Schooler hates to read, but I know a lot of them that don’t like spending a ton of time, especially on books they haven’t sought out themselves. So the size and amount of reading for this guide are perfect. I received a complimentary copy from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter seemed genuinely excited when I gave her a copy of this book, The Girls' Guide to Conquering Middle School.  The authors of this book are Erica and Jonathan Catherman and they both have a lot of professional experience in coaching and mentoring kids. The Girls' Guide to Conquering Middle School covers topics ranging from Backpacks to Cyberbullies to Gossip to Lockers to Studying.  Each topic is only about one page long, and there are also a lot of graphics to make it fun and engaging.  I like that the book covers both serious and light-hearted topics.  I found that the advice given regarding each topic is age-appropriate and helpful.  Sometimes kids and parents alike do not feel comfortable bringing up certain topics, so this book help spark some discussions.  I certainly would have liked a book like this during my middle school years; I am glad my daughter can read and benefit from it.
amandainpa More than 1 year ago
This book gets rave reviews from my 12 year old daughter in 7th grade. It has a really fun format…broken down into many categories (gossip, body odor, swearing, mean girls, detention, etc), each page explains the category in a fun, easy to read way with very cute illustrations to demonstrate “do this” and “not that”. The illustrations remind me a bit of the Goofus and Gallant features in Highlights magazines…they were always my favorite part of the magazine and the illustrations in this book really add to the fun as well as provide a visual aide. I wish this book would have been around during my middle school years. Navigating those years is not easy and it’s nice to have a book that discusses things that young girls might not feel comfortable asking about. It also addresses things they may not have even thought about. Overall, this book is a definite winner and I highly recommend it for all pre-teens and early teen girls. I received this book to review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.