Now with quizzes!
• “As you prepare for back to school, don't forget the anxiety...[this app] can help with that.”—iPhone Life
• “My 11-year-old daughter, who starts middle school in the fall...gave the app an enthusiastic ‘pretty cool!!’”—CNET
• “This book is really exceptional. It’s fun, hip and something youth will relate to.”—Digital Storytime
Middle school can be a serious pain with bullies putting you down, blowups threatening friendships, and real doubts about how you measure up. Good thing you don’t have to go it alone! Meet Mateo, Michelle, Jack, Jen, Chris, and Abby—six friends trying to figure out what middle school’s all about. Follow their adventures and watch as they work to meet new challenges and survive the social scene—without losing sight of who they are.
Be Confident is based on Book 1 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential™ series written by teen expert Annie Fox, illustrated by Matt Kindt, and published by Free Spirit Publishing. This graphic novel app enables readers to zoom right into the story world. With beautiful full-color illustrations and richly layered audio made up of movie-like sound effects and music, Be Confident will be a sure-fire hit with 8–14 year olds. As a bonus for parents and teachers, this app puts thought-provoking entertainment and solutions into the hands of teens who deal with these personal issues every day. It will challenge teens to think about their emotions and behavior in new ways and encourage them to make more respectful, cooperative choices at school and at home.
“This is good-quality targeted character education.”—School Library Journal
“A great use of iPad functionality.”—Kirkus Reviews
“...Reminds [kids] to take pride in their own talents and not to let peer pressure get them down.”—Common Sense Media
“Even the most reluctant reader will have a go at it.”—Fun Educational Apps
“I’d recommend [it] as a great resource for both kids and their parents.”—Brooks Jones
“A wonderful resource [for] this tricky, in-between age group.”—The iPhone Mom
“Plants the seeds of self-confidence in your child.”—The Wonder of Tech
“There are thousands of apps teaching reading and math, but not many developers are taking a shot at this... extremely important material.”—Smart Apps for Kids
“Ahead of the pack in creating a multi-sensory comic experience on the iPad.”—Corona SDK blog
“The graphics [are] brilliant!”—There’s a Book
• Graphic novel format for easy reading
• Eight interactive quizzes test what you would do in challenging situations
• Page swipe or touch page edges for easy navigation
• Auto-save feature remembers your place in the story
• Info page allows you to jump to the beginning of any of the 8 chapters
• 44 pages of story plus bonus Meet the Cast pages
• Two modes of reading: full-page mode or double-tap to zoom-in for frame-by-frame reading
• Movie-like sound effects and music (enhanced sound in zoomed-in mode)
• Compelling stories that deal with universal stumbling blocks for kids and early teenagers:
+ Self esteem
+ Body image
+ Out of control emotions
+ Friendship issues
+ Peer approval addiction (doing whatever it takes to fit in)
• Thoughtful solutions for teens grappling with personal and social issues
• Designed for the hard-to-reach “tween” age group, including reluctant readers
• Powerful addition to an advisory or character education curriculum
• Ideal for teachers who use technology in the classroom
• CCSS (Common Core State Standards) Aligned. Free Project Based Learning guide on our website.
Electric Eggplant is a member of Moms with Apps, a collaborative group of family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.
Recommended Ages: 8-14
Categories: Books, Reading
Now with quizzes! Each of the eight chapters is followed by a short interactive quiz testing what you would do in challenging situations.
Ratings and Reviews
A+ for message and functionality!
The goal of this app is to raise the self confidence of middle school students in a fun and interactive way. This app teaches kids how to deal with teasing, bullying, peer pressure, insecurities and many other challenges that adolescents face. From the evaluation of the app by me and several middle school students, this app definitely achieves this goal.
The app makes effective use of the iPad’s features by incorporating sound, gestures and easy navigation. The sounds are particularly effective, when you swipe to turn the page, the app makes a sound as if the page were turning. Not only did I think this was very cool, my tween testers loved this feature. The background sound effects and music enhanced the experience without being annoying.
The app has easy navigation. A swipe turns the page. The app also lets you jump to different chapters, zoom in on every picture and find out more about the characters. You can even email the characters, which makes them seem more real.
If you have a tween and an iPad, this app is a must have. The developers have done a great job of delivering their important message in a fun way. I hope they continue developing apps in the future!
Late elementary to high school app at its best!
Middle School Confidential is so much more than just a story that you read. It’s informational, yet fun, that children of all ages from late elementary to high school will be able to relate too. What better way to reach our young adults but through a comic book. With recent events occurring locally and around the world, this particular application came at just the right time. In years past, children struggled with peer relations but dealt with it in very different ways. In today’s society as educators and parents, we are seeing more and more situations of bullying and lack of self confidence in our younger generation. A number of educators and parents are feeling as though they can’t talk to their children/students because they won’t open up to them. What can we do?
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Middle school issues handled with sensitivity...
The Middle School Confidential app is a collection of stories presented in a graphic novel/comic book format, with appropriate sound effects and music playing in the background. Issues like bullying, self-esteem, body image and fitting in are handled in a sensitive but authentic way with no condescension.
The characters are a group of friends in middle school, and the story follows their interactions with each other. The situations shown in the app rang true to me, and the artwork should appeal to tweens/early teens. At the end of each chapter the main point is repeated, but somehow an appropriate balance is achieved, so it never seems heavy-handed. This app is the first in a series, and if the next installments are as good as the first, I’d recommend Middle School Confidential as a great resource for both kids and their parents.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.