The Girls' Guide to Conquering Middle School

“Do This, Not That” Advice Every Girl Needs

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100 do's and don'ts for navigating middle school

It's not too dramatic to say that the transition from elementary school to middle school can border on traumatic. Your body is changing. Your friendships are tested. Your classes are getting harder. Your moods sometimes feel like they're out of your control. And boys? Well, they're not getting any easier to understand either! How do you know what's expected of you now? And how do you keep from embarrassing yourself as you figure it all out?

The Girls' Guide to Conquering Middle School is your "Do This, Not That" guide to nearly everything this new stage in life can throw your way, including

· the first day
· bullies
· test taking
· cell phone use
· homework
· gossip
· leadership
· respect
· sports
· and more

With real-life hacks, humorous illustrations, and true survival stories, this book will get you through middle school like a pro.


Erica and Jonathan Catherman are the authors of The Girls' Guide to Conquering Life.

Erica has spent more than 20 years as a middle school, high school, and college coach. Committed to raising up the next generation to be kind, confident, and capable, she 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 is the author of the bestselling books The Manual to Manhood and The Manual to Middle School and speaks worldwide about the principles and strengths that empower greatness in children, teens, and young adults.

The Cathermans 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 www.thecathermans.com.


The Authors

  1. Erica Catherman

    Erica Catherman

    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...

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  2. Jonathan Catherman

    Jonathan Catherman

    Jonathan Catherman is the author of the bestselling 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,...

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