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A Smart Girl's Guide to Starting Middle School is an American Girl publication in the A Smart Girl's Guides series of advice books.

A revised edition retitled A Smart Girl's Guide: Middle School was published in 2014.


The book is split into six categories, each with tips and quizzes related to the subject.

Fresh Start[]

  • Quiz: How do you Deal?
  • Picture yourself
  • Rise 'n Shine
  • Mini quiz: Good Morning?
  • "What do I wear?"
  • Getting there:
  • Before you go...

New School[]

  • Getting around
  • Your locker
  • Moving in:
  • Pack perfect
  • Take a seat:


  • Teacher types
  • First impressions
  • Got a question?
  • Teacher troubles

Subject Matters[]

  • Class notes:
  • Keep it together
  • "Why do I have so much homework?"
  • Just do it
  • Excuses, excuses
  • Test time
  • Making the grade
  • "Whadja get?":
  • To cheat or not to cheat?


  • Friendless?
  • Fading Friendships
  • Make new friends
  • Join the Crowd?
  • Tough Times:
  • The School Dance

After School[]

  • Quiz: What's your passion?
  • Get Psyched for Tryouts
  • Chill out
  • How much is too much?
  • Stressed out?
  • Commit or quit?
  • You can do this!

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