With wit and humor, author Kristin Mahoney has written a realistic guide that captures the people and indignities of transitioning from elementary to middle school. Grade six student Augusta, or Gus, writes a letter to her fourth grade sister, Lou, to inform her about the many people she can expect to meet in middle school. Her list includes an annoying assistant principal, a helpful janitor, a charming prankster, a mean bully, and a very scary teacher. The multitude of issues Gus faces are real and relatable as she struggles to find new friends, deals with her parent’s divorce, and navigates awkward moments in a realistic portrayal of the fears and angst of students entering middle school. Short funny chapters keep the tale light and very readable as Gus’s challenging journey of self-discovery is cleverly outlined.