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Books for Middle Schoolers in the Library

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Freaking Out! - Dana Meachen Rau; Calcium Staff (Contribution by)
ISBN: 0756545005
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
Why does the teenage brain freak out? It comes down to science. Find out how your brain sends messages to your body to tell it what to do. Discover how hormones can make you crazy or really happy. And find out just why yelling at your teacher in a dream makes you feel so great!  

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The Body Book for Boys - Rebecca Paley; Jonathan Mar; Grace Norwich
ISBN: 0545237513
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
The essential guide to growing up for boys! A must-have book for boys looking for straightforward advice about their changing bodies and growing up. There are answers to questions about everything from shaving, vocal changes, bad breath, smelly feet, braces, and acne, to school, sports, girls, friends, family, and more. The Body Book For Boys is complete with tips, quizzes, Q&As, and all of the essential info boys need to know.

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What's Going on down There? - Karen Gravelle; Robert Leighton (Illustrator); Nick Castro (As told to); Chava Castro (As told to)
ISBN: 0802775403
Publication Date: 1998-10-01
Why is my voice making such weird sounds? When will I be able to start shaving? Why do I keep getting pimples? What is a wet dream? Your body has been behaving very strangely lately. You hardly know what to expect from one day to the next. Karen Gravelle, with some help from her two young advisors, Nick and Chava Castro, has written a down-to-earth and practical book that will help guide you through this confusing time in your life. What's Going On Down There? answers any questions you might have about puberty, from what it is and what it feels like, to what puberty is like for girls, to how to handle the sexual feelings you may be starting to experience. Robert Leighton's funny and informative cartoons ease the confusion and exasperation you might feel. Part manual, part older brother, What's Going On Down There? will give you the facts you need to feel comfortable and confident about this new phase of your life.

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Marijuana - Daniel Benjamin
ISBN: 1627120610
Publication Date: 2013-07-15
The World Health Organization ranks the United States first in marijuana use. Though the use of this illegal drug can cause detrimental behavioral, mental, and physical side effects, an estimated 28 million Americans still smoke it. In Dangerous Drugs, Marijuana, get the inside scoop on this drug, why it is readily available, and the hazards of smoking it.

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Salty and Sugary Snacks - Adam Furgang
ISBN: 1448822831
Publication Date: 2011-01-15
The traditional meals of the day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, have a new partner: the sugary and salty snack. Our favorite junk foods are easier to find than ever before, and the snack industry is growing by leaps and bounds. As of 2003, the industry was taking in an estimated $66 billion annually. Increases in many serious diseases are on the rise due to this trend, and many are being seen in younger and younger people. While sugar and salt are both natural food substances, and something the human body requires, the body only requires them in limited quantities. This book teaches readers that what we put into our bodies can either help or hinder our weight, energy levels, mood, health, and lifestyle. Students will learn about all of the extreme health dangers hidden within seemingly innocuous snack foods. Fascinating sidebars and a thorough resource section support the narrative.

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Is This Really My Body? - Holly Saari
ISBN: 1604537515
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Is This Really My Body features fictional narratives paired with firsthand advice from a licensed psychologist to help preteen and teen girls better understand and prepare for physical changes during adolescence. Topics include weight gain, body odor and personal hygiene, zits, birthmarks, braces, developing early versus developing late, and first periods. Throughout the book, Talk About It questions encourage discussion. Additional resources, a glossary, and an index are also included. Is This Really My Body will leave readers feeling prepared and knowledgeable about their changing bodies. Strong, Beautiful Girls is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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Ultimate Guys Body Book - Walt Larimore; Guy Francis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 031072323X
Publication Date: 2012-03-24
Everything a boy should know, but won't ask--from a Christian perspective!   Finally, everything you wanted to know about your body, but you've just been too chicken to ask. Ultimate Guys' Body Book is the first book for boys that gives honest answers to real questions about your body from a biblical perspective. No, you're not falling apart--you're just growing up! But there's no need to fear, when God is near. He's your personal guide to understanding your body. With information about everything from steroid use to body parts, there's not a question we won't answer. These aren't questions some adult made up, but they're real questions asked by real boys just like you. You want to know the truth? Now you can, because Ultimate Guys' Body Book gives you the facts--no holds barred!

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Do You Love Me? - Ashley Rae Harris
ISBN: 1604537493
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Do You Love Me features fictional narratives paired with firsthand advice from a licensed psychologist to help preteen and teen girls make healthy decisions about dating and relationships. Topics include peer pressure, crushes, teen pregnancy, sexuality, and first dates. Throughout the book, Talk About It questions encourage discussion. Additional resources, a glossary, and an index are also included. Do You Love Me will leave readers feeling confident to make smart, healthy decisions when it comes to dating. Strong, Beautiful Girls is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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Changing Bodies, Changing Lives - Ruth Bell
ISBN: 081292990X
Publication Date: 1998-09-08
"It seems like everyone else has the script. Everyone else knows what's happening and I look around and say, Duh." Of course, the truth is that no one has the script because there is no script to follow. Chances are you'd find that almost everyone else has questions and worries a lot like yours, if you could get them to admit it. This brand-new, completely updated and revised edition of Changing Bodies, Changing Lives is full of honest, accurate, nonjudgmental information on everything teenagers need to know about today. Am I the only one who can't get up the nerve to ask someone out? got my period so early? doesn't even know the right way to kiss? feels pressured to use drugs? still hasn't hit puberty yet? wants to avoid the gang scene? worries when my mom doesn't come home at night? is scared that I might have AIDS? can't decide what form of birth control to use? has no idea how to tell my friends I'm gay? goes on eating binges? has never had an orgasm? is shut out of the popular crowd? Changing Bodies, Changing Lives has helped hundreds of thousands of teenagers make informed decisions about their lives, from questions about sex, love, friendship, and how your body works to dealing with problems at school and home and figuring out who you are. It's packed with illustrations, checklists, and resources for the answers you really need. Best of all, it's filled with the voices, poems, and cartoons from hundreds of other teenagers, who tell you what makes them feel worried, angry, confused, sexy, happy, and, yes, even excited and hopeful about their lives. (Check out the first two pages for a sample of the quotes you'll find inside.) Being a teenager is tough. With the information and the ideas inside this book, you'll have what you need to make these years the best they can be.


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Teen Health Topics

Accidents & Injuries

  • Road safety
  • Recreational safety
  • Occupational safety
  • Emergency preparedness

Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco

  • Facts
  • Risks
  • Healthy choices

Body Image

  • Puberty
  • Eating disorders
  • Body art

Cultural Identity

  • Traditional values
  • Community roles
  • Discrimination
  • Self-expression


  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mobility and accessibility
  • Independent living

Diseases & Conditions

  • Chronic conditions
  • Attention disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Immunizations

Fitness & Nutrition

  • Exercise
  • Sports
  • Healthy eating

Home & Family

  • Family relationships
  • Divorce
  • Parental absence or illness
  • Homelessness

Jobs & College

  • Work skills
  • Preparing for college
  • Career options

Mental Health

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief
  • Suicide
  • Self-injury

Relationships & Digital Citizenship

  • Relationships
  • Peer pressure
  • Bullying
  • Digital safety

Sexuality & Sexual Health

  • Abstinence and birth control
  • Preconception care
  • Pregnancy and parenting
  • HIV/STIs

Violence & Abuse

  • Rape and assault
  • Abusive relationships
  • Anger management
  • Gun violence

Young Teens

  • Middle-school challenges
  • Self-esteem
  • School resources

Resources for Teens

General Health

Articles, fact sheets, prevention tips, activities, quizzes, teen insights.

Girls' Health

Health topics and resources for girls and young women.

Boys' Health

Health topics and resources for boys and young men.

Current Health News & Blogs

Online news articles and features on teen health and wellness.



Useful Websites for Teens

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