Is There a Formula for Life in Middle School?

Is there a formula for life in middle school?  This isn’t the easiest time for kids and our main character Maddie is dealing with a lot.  Wouldn’t it be great if there were way to get through it all that was mapped out for us?  Unfortunately there is no predetermined formula but it is nice to know you aren’t alone.

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Title: The Friendship ExperimentFriendship experiment is there a formula for life in middle school

Author: Erin Teagan

Target: Grades 4-7

Series: No

What this book is about:

Maddie Little is scientist. She constantly writes standard operating procedures (SOP’s) which are lists that help her tackle challenges. She is having a difficult time in middle school because her best friend has switched schools. She writes SOP’s in her science notebook to help her manage new friendships and when she accidentally leaves it at a new friend’s house, her lack of tact describing her new friends hurts their feelings. To top it off her dad is having trouble with his science research and Maddie and her big sister are managing a disease where their blood does not adequately clot. Can she make it through all these challenges to at least get through middle school?

Why I love this book:

  • This book is surprisingly complex and filled with both happy and sad moments. I have to admit that based on the cover and title I did expect a lighter read than I got. However, I was completely caught up in Maddie’s journey and felt for her throughout the entire story.
  • I loved that Maddie and her friends were science nerds. You don’t get enough books where all the main characters are real lovers of STEM without it feeling gimmicky. I also like her supportive family and annoying sister. It feels very authentic.
  • I must admit that I thought Maddie was going to actually do an experiment that involved making friends. That did throw me for a bit of the book until I realized it was going in a different direction.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who like realistic fiction, kids who have an interest in science and/or kids who like a little sad and happy with their stories.

Final thoughts:

Folks have compared this to a modern version of Harriet the Spy and I think that is an apt description.

To purchase this book:

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