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How to Survive Middle School

English: A Do-It-Yourself Study Guide (HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL books)

Nina Ciatto, Carpenter Collective (Illustrator), Dan Tucker (Editor)


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ANXIOUS ABOUT ENGLISH? Make learning easy with this do-it-yourself study guide that includes everything kids need to know to tackle middle school English!

Learning is an adventure both inside and outside of the classroom with the How to Survive Middle School study guide series!

These colorful, highly visual books cover all the essential info kids need to ace important middle school classes. Large topics are broken down into easy-to-digest chunks, and reflective questions help kids check understanding and become critical thinkers.

Written by middle school teachers and vetted by curriculum experts, this series is the perfect school supplement or homeschool resource—and a great way to help create independent learners.

HTSMS: English includes key facts and super-helpful illustrations, annotated excerpts, writing prompts, and vocab that explore topics including:
  • Grammar and Roots of Language
  • Metaphors, Symbols, & other Literary Devices
  • Types of Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Textual Analysis
  • Sources and Evidence
  • Tone and Voice
  • Narrative Themes
  • and more!

Books also available for: World History, Math, Science, and U.S. History.

Praise For How to Survive Middle School: English: A Do-It-Yourself Study Guide (HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL books)

Praise for the HOW TO SURVIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL series:
“Lively prose and an unusually broad scope.” Kirkus Reviews

“The readable text takes a breezy tone and incorporates user-friendly features…chapters are expansively inclusive and represent the viewpoints of those not always heard.” Booklist

Bright Matter Books, 9780525571421, 528pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2022

About the Author

Nina Ciatto is a New York City public school teacher who has worked primarily with middle school students for more than twenty years. Her areas of focus have been English language arts, social studies, special education, and social emotional learning. She has presented at conferences such as the International Literacy Association's annual conference. She conducted professional development for teachers in Azerbaijan through the U.S. Department of State's Teach Excellence and Achievement award, studied in Poland through a Fulbright-Hayes summer seminar, and wrote curriculum for the International Rescue Committee via the Sandy Feldman Fellowship. Nina lives in Brooklyn with her daughter and her partner.

Carpenter Collective is a graphic design and branding studio led by partners Jessica and Tad Carpenter. They focus on bringing powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration, and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Target, Coca-Cola, and Macy’s, to Warby Parker, Adobe, and MTV, among many others. They’ve earned a national reputation for creating powerful brand experiences and unique visual storytelling with a whimsical wink. See more of their work at