The Manual to Middle School

The "Do This, Not That" Survival Guide for Guys

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

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.


Jonathan Catherman is the author of the bestselling The Manual to Manhood and is a leading education trainer committed to assisting young men in the making to experience success and significance as they mature into manhood and lifelong leadership.

Middle school master Reed Catherman is a musician and aspiring stage performer who is committed to earning good grades, building quality relationships, and developing his talents.

Middle school survivor Cole Catherman is an explorer, Boy Scout, and ambitious young engineer who brings fresh insight into the concerns and questions guys have about moving up to middle school.

The Cathermans live in North Carolina. Learn more at www.jonathancatherman.com.


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    Jonathan Catherman

    Jonathan Catherman is the author of the bestselling The Manual to Manhood and The Manual to Middle School, and is a leading education trainer specializing in the character and leadership development of youth. An award-winning cultural strategist,...

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