Think back to your time in Middle School… was it easy? Most would probably say: NO! When I was in Middle School there were bullies, but today’s tweens and teens face new challenges, such as internet stalking, cyber-bullying, and dieting and image issues that have upped the ante over time.
Author Dave McGrail aims to help middle school girls on their journey through his interactive book, Surviving Middle School: An Interactive Story for Girls. The book is set up like the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books whereby the reader comes to a pivital point in the book and needs to make a decision. McGrail’s format poses the choices the reader can make and then has the reader turning to one of two pages. Outcomes and consequences to each choice are clearly delineated and the reader has the chance to learn the easy way how her choices would impact herself and others if she were to actually choose them in a real-life situation.
An example (truncated):
“The warning to do drugs has been drilled into your head for as long as you can remember, but you’ve alwys trusted Brooke, and she’s telling you these pills aren’t drugs…If you politely decline the pills, turn to page 82. If you try them, turn to page 84.
Surviving Middle School offsets real and intense issues and choices tweens and teens face with a healthy dose of humor and responsible, intelligent guidance.
The success of the book and the positive impact it is making on girls everywhere prompted McGrail to start an organization to provide workshops to tweens called, Chance to Choose. This free program provides interactive workshops to challenge girls with real-life situations and guide them to both identify and weigh the choices they have.
Do you know a tween who could benefit? Click on one of the links in my review and get them started today!
*DISCLAIMER: Any opinions stated are strictly my own. I was sent the above item by Dave McGrail to help facilitate my review. All photos used in this post are courtesy of Chance to Choose and Surviving Middle School: An Interactive Story for Girls.*