Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends VS The Other Kind Review

Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends VS The Other Kind is a app about friendships. We all want friends and we all want the trust and respect that we deserve. I think this story helps kids look at their own friendships and weigh in on what it takes to be a a real friend as well as identifying who really is not their friend. It’s about what a true friend really is. You have to be the friend you want to have.

Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends VS The Other Kind is a continued story about a group of friends, Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle. The kids are a tight knit group of friends and as you work through this book you see them strengthening their friendships while navigating through tough social situations.

Real Friends VS The Other Kind is based on Book 2 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential Series written by teen expert and anti-bullying activist Annie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Harvey award winner Matt Kindt. Designed for 8 – 14 year olds, the ipad app gives readers a look at how peers handle making friends, resolving disputes, and deal with common hazards of the middle school social scene – like gossip, exclusion, peer pressure, and cyber bullying. The app puts decision making into hands of the readers, with interactive quizes that let the readers choose how they would handle the situations.

“We all really want, need, and deserve friends who accept us for who we are. In the emails I receive from teens, friendship comes up more then any other topic. The question usually boils down to, ” My friend isn’t being a friend. What do I do?” says Annie Fox. “I wrote Real Friends VS The Other Kind to empower tweens and teens to change the way they deal with feelings and situations – to show them that they are the key to creating the kind of relationship they want.”


Again I was truly impressed with Real Friends VS The Other Kind. I really enjoyed reading about the friendships of the kids and the choices and the decisions they had made. If you stop and think about what you went through as a kid and you see and listen to your own children, you will find that this is all very real and down to earth social situations that happen on a day to day basis. There is peer pressure out there from friends but it’s the child that has to learn to make the right decision. I really loved the comic book format, the zooming in and out of each chapters, the movie like sounds, and most of all I really liked the interactive quizzes in this.

I absolutely really liked the quizzes at the end of each chapter. I think that being able to identify the social situations helps them to become better friends. It also helps them evaluate their own friendships and helps them be the friend they want to have.

I wish I would have had this handy when my son who is now in high school was in middle school as I think it could have helped him a lot. I also think this is great for kids with special needs as well. I plan on using this with my son with autism to help him understand what real friends are. One thing that stood out to me when I think about my autistic son is that real friends don’t hurt your feelings with out saying sorry. What I mean is they don’t intentionally try to hurt your feelings.

Excellent tool to learn about friendships and I highly recommend this.

Annie Fox is making classroom Skype video visits for schools that buy the apps or the books through March 2012.

You can purchase Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends VS The Other Kind on itunes  for 2.99. Soon it will be released on other platforms as well such as Nook Color and Tablet, Kindle Fire, and Android Tablets.

If you missed Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident In Who You Are Review, it’s the first part of the series.

I also wanted to share with you an interview with Annie Fox about great teachers, technology and bullying. You can find it over at Teach.

Disclaimer: I was not  paid for this review but I did receive the Middle School Confidential Book 2: Real Friends VS The Other Kind for my review. The opinions in this blog post are 100% mine.


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