Covers of books by Jessica Speer, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends) and Middlle School Safety Goggles Advised

Blending stories, fun activities, a dash of science, and practical insights, Jessica Speer’s books unpack the tricky stuff that peaks during adolescence. She has a master’s degree in social sciences and explores social-emotional topics in ways that connect with pre-teens and teens.

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: Let’s face it, friendships can be challenging. BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? tackles friendship struggles head-on, leaving readers informed and empowered as they navigate the tricky world of friendship.

Through fun activities, quizzes, and real stories, this book helps girls decipher healthy vs. unhealthy relationship skills and how to navigate struggles. But more importantly, this book gives girls a new perspective on friendship and the role they play in creating positive change.

BFF or NRF Book Reviews-

“With the recent emphasis on social-emotional learning, this guide discusses friendship in an accessible way…”

School Library Journal

“BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends): A Girl’s Guide to Happy Friendships takes a thoughtful and joyful approach that appeals to young teens and tweens but also to parents, grandparents, educators, and others interested in the well-being of young people. The advice in this delightful book is practical but also fun, written in a conversational style, and is a great resource to have around the house. It contains real-life situations, vignettes, scenarios, advice from other kids, practicing techniques, and fun quizzes to help readers remember the most important lessons. In other words, this isn’t another preachy tell-you-what-to-do book. It’s a friendly, interactive guidebook that shares how young people can learn about friendship and connection.”

Libby Kiszner, Columnist, Educator, and Author of Dear Libby – Will You Answer My Questions About Friendship? and other books

Many girls struggle with friendship issues in elementary and middle school. This book provides a clear roadmap for girls to successfully navigate difficult friendships while helping them gain social awareness, skills and confidence in the process.” 

Dr. Cherylee E. Hirsch, Psy.D., School Psychologist

Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised

(PREORDER NOW – Releasing 8.2.2022!)

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.

Middle School Book Reviews

“Jessica Speer’s latest book, Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised, is an absolute treasure and must-read for middle school students and those who love them. Based on the insights of hundreds of students, Speer sheds light on topics of real interest to kids—from social media and changing friendship groups, to navigating conflict, dealing with drama, managing stress, and surviving the harsh judgments of their friends. With a funny, engaging voice that keeps it interesting and the perfect amount of science that keeps it real, Middle School – Safety Goggles Advised is the kind of book that kids will read, re-read, bookmark, and study. I can’t wait to use it with my own students!”

Signe Whitson, Author of 8 Keys to End Bullying, The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity Book, and Friendship & Other Weapons

Jessica Speer’s latest book, Middle School- Safety Goggles Advised, is a must-read!  An empowering resource for middle school students and a refreshing resource for adults alike.  This book is a great guide to help navigate social situations, inspire students through self-reflective activities, and promote self-awareness and self-advocacy skills.

Emily Schenk, Middle School Counselor CRC

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