This book is for middle school students. The story centers around David, a boy who has lived with his mother in Pittsburgh since his parents’ divorce at the age of five. Now, as he enters his teenage years, he makes the decision to live with his father in Philadelphia. This move creates much uncertainty for him as he must learn to adjust to life in a different community and school. Seeing the frustration his son experiences in trying to adjust to the school culture and find a new peer group, he teaches him valuable skills for assessing group and individual behavior in order to pick a good peer group. A workbook section is included to help students apply the skills to their current peer groups. (The concepts provide a good orientation for students transitioning from the middle school to high school culture.)
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