The 47 People You’ll Meet in Middle School

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2019

When Augusta (Gus, please) started middle school, she didn’t have a clue what to expect. She thought being in a different school from her best friend would be her biggest hurdle, but it turns out there were a few more challenges to face. There are lows, but there are some highs, too. Gus would happily settle for something in between. Maybe that’s why they call it middle school.

“Mahoney authentically captures the universal indignities of middle school, the challenges of self-discovery, and the joy of making true friends.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

What this novel’s target audience wants is reassurance, which Gus’s confused yet consoling voice provides in spades.”

New York Times Book Review

“Smart, funny, and well paced.”

School Library Journal

“A pitch-perfect must-read for tweens seeking comfort about growing up.”


“Highly recommended travelogue for those just entering uncharted territory. Amusing, enlightening, and ideal for a final read just before middle school.”

Kirkus Reviews