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Here is a landmark book that reveals the way boys think and that shows parents, educators, and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common yet difficult challenges—by the bestselling author who changed our conception of adolescent girls.

Do you constantly struggle to pull information from your son, student, or athlete, only to encounter mumbling or evasive assurances such as “It’s nothing” or “I’m good?” Do you sense that the boy you care about is being bullied, but that he’ll do anything to avoid your “help?” Have you repeatedly reminded him that schoolwork and chores come before video games only to spy him reaching for the controller as soon as you leave the room? Have you watched with frustration as your boy flounders with girls?

Welcome to boy world. It’s a place where asking for help or showing emotional pain often feels impossible; where sports and video games can mean everything, but working hard in school frequently earns ridicule from “the guys” even as they ask to copy assignments; where “masterminds” dominate and friends ruthlessly insult each other but can never object when someone steps over the line; and where hiding problems from adults is the ironclad rule because their involvement only makes situations worse.

Boy world is governed by social hierarchies and a powerful set of unwritten rules that have huge implications for your boy’s relationships, his interactions with you, and the man he’ll become. If you want what’s best for him, you need to know what these rules are and how to work with them effectively.

What you’ll find in Masterminds and Wingmen is critically important for every parent—or anyone who cares about boys—to know. Collaborating with a large team of middle- and high-school-age editors, Rosalind Wiseman has created an unprecedented guide to the life your boy is actually experiencing—his on-the-ground reality.  Not only does Wiseman challenge you to examine your assumptions, she offers innovative coping strategies aimed at helping your boy develop a positive, authentic, and strong sense of self.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is an essential guide—not just for parents but anyone who wants to better understand their own childhood and its impact.”

    Anderson Cooper

  • “This book is a gem. Rosalind Wiseman offers readers deep, nuanced, up-to-the-minute insight into today’s boy.”

    Wendy Mogel, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

  • “If you want to understand what’s in your son’s head, read this book!”

    Michael Gurian, New York Times bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys

  • “Rosalind Wiseman is perhaps America’s foremost guide through the complex social hierarchies and cruel logics that govern adolescents’ lives. ”

    Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
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