(Book review) The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Middle School

Reviewed by: Debbie Dehart

Ministry Title: Church Librarian

Church: Berean Baptist Church, Portage, Michigan


Title: The Girl’s Guide to Conquering Middle School

Author: Erica & Jonathan Catherman

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2018

Format: print book

Length: 218 pages


Remember middle school? A lot of adults have chosen to block it out – I know I have buried some of those memories pretty deep, but this book would have been a great help to me all those years ago. The Cathermans’ appealing approach includes advice about all manner of topics, alphabetically arranged, written in an easy-to-read style and a light-hearted but forthright tone. Each topic is addressed on the left page, with a joke or interesting, related story at the end, and illustrated with a “Do This – Not That” drawing on the right. Subjects include various aspects of hygiene (parents and teachers, rejoice!), fights, bullies, lockers, tests, the principal, reading, gossip, bathrooms, a variety of topics related to modern technology, and many more.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Middle School Girls, including those about to enter 6th grade.

Christian Impact

There is no specific Christian language, which in this case, I think is a good thing. However, the concepts the authors are teaching are all in line with what it looks like to live according to Biblical principles.


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About Cecelia Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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