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Image of author Jessica Speer along side her book covers: The Phone Book, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends), and Middle School - Safety Goggles Advised

Jessica Speer is a highly acclaimed author of books for kids and teens. Blending science, stories, and fun activities, her writing unpacks tricky stuff that peaks during childhood and adolescence. She has a master’s degree in social sciences and explores topics in ways that connect with kids.

COMING SUMMER 2023: The Phone Book (Pre-Order Now!)

The Phone Book by Jessica Speer, Book Cover

Book Summary: So . . . you got a phone! You can text your friends, play games, and take cool pictures! You have the whole world in your pocket—power to be used as a force for good or, um, not so good.

But have no fear —The Phone Book is here! Packed with research-based explanations, techy tidbits, and stories, this book explores healthy phone habits and ways to stay safe online. Plus, fun activities and secret codes reveal the power of your phone and your superpowers to wield it as a force for good.

Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised

Cover of the book Middle School - Safety Goggles Advised

Book Summary: Yes, there are cool things about middle school, like more independence, new friends, and new activities. But there’s baffling stuff too, like harsh judgment, the whole “popularity” thing, and, of course, drama. With fun illustrations and choose-your-own-adventure-style scenarios, this book will help you deal with the drama and define who you are when things get, well, weird.

BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships

Cover of BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships

Book Summary: Packed with fun quizzes, colorful illustrations, and stories about girls just like you, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships is the ultimate interactive guidebook to help readers learn the ins and outs of friendship. Explore topics such as gossip, drama, and feeling left out, along with ways to strengthen the friendships that mean the most to you.

*2022 Kids Book Choice Award Finalist

Jessica Speer’s Latest Blog Posts

Middle School Stuff #3: Popularity

This series of posts explores the tricky side of middle school. Here’s post #3 – Popularity. If you missed earlier posts, here are links: #2 – Friendship Changes and #1 – Judgment.  While researching Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised, I visited 7th-grade classrooms and talked with students about school social dynamics. When I asked…

Middle School Stuff #2: Friendship Changes

This series of posts explores the tricky side of middle school. Here’s post #2 – Friendship Changes. If you missed the last post, here it is: #1 – Judgment.  While researching Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised, I visited 7th-grade classrooms and asked students about school social dynamics. I wanted to understand the challenges that surface during…

Middle School Stuff #1: Judgment

While researching my second book, Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised, I visited 7th-grade classrooms and asked students about their middle school social experience.  In comment after comment, students shared that “judgment” by peers is especially hard. Snide looks and rude remarks by some students contributed to feelings of self-consciousness. One student shared, “I feel…


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