Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are {Review}

Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are is a stellar graphic novel app I couldn't wait to get my hands on. It is an engaging comic that brings readers into the lives of middle schoolers who are simply trying to figure things out. Issues such as bullying, blowups, looks, popularity, stress, peer approval etc. are all addressed.

Readers get a glimpse 6 middle schoolers (colored)
Jump to any of the 8 chapters

What I love:
  • Not only does this graphic novel address hot-button, relatable issues middle school students face in their daily lives, they also offer strategies for dealing with them.
  • The layout deviates from the typical picture books for those in elementary school and thus makes it more appealing to adolescents. 
  • Stories involve kids talking to other kids and doesn't come off as "preachy"
  • Chapters are broken up in a manner that allows for users to work on and address issues and concepts over a period of time, not all at once. This gives users time to process what they've heard. 
  • Users are able to view the full page or view it panel-by-panel. The zoomed in panel view allows for prediction and foreshadowing to take place.  
Users can view the comic via full page or zoom in and view each panel
  • Each frame is accompanied by music and sounds. No narrator here, the user is the reader. 
  • It's a great jumping off point for deeper discussion on the issues addressed in the comic. Important language skills/concepts such as perspective taking, foreshadowing, problem solving, can all be targeted.
Bottom Line: This is app is a gem and worth more than the $2.99 price tag!

App Compatibility:

Be Confident in Who You Are is Compatible with NOOK, Kindle Fire, nabi, Android tablets, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Take a look at this demo provided by Apps for Children with Special Needs

Disclosure Statement: I was provided a copy of this app by the developer. No other compensation was provided. This review includes solely my opinions. 


  1. Thank you for this enthusiastic review and for the creative way you're using my book with your students. Nothing makes this author happier than hearing about educators who take my content and run with it! Are you aware of the free downloadable Leader's Guide that goes with the Middle School Confidential series? Download it here>'s_Guide_to_the_MS_Confidential_Series.pdf

  2. It was my pleasure doing this review. I'm always looking for various ways to engage my students, this app does just that! Thank you for letting me know about the pdf I'll be sure to print and use when my power gets restored :)

  3. Very educational, sorry i did not know about this earlier


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