masterminds coverRosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the groundbreaking bestseller about teenage girls, now turns to boys with –MASTERMINDS AND WINGMEN: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World –decoding their inner lives, explaining what they’re really going through, and helping parents form stronger connections with their sons.

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Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes, a massive bestseller and the basis of the hit film Mean Girls, upended assumptions about how teenage girls relate to one another. But lost in the attention was an equally important and vulnerable group: boys. Less prone to talk about their feelings, stereotyped as settling every dispute with a fistfight, boys face social issues that have long been ignored as an important key to understanding their behavior. So Rosalind, a mother of two boys, decided to pull back the curtain on “Guy World,” working collaboratively for two years with middle-school and high-school boys to show the emotional terrain they inhabit. What she learned is fascinating, and critically important for any parent to know. Boys feel pain and need support, just as much as girls-but they’re far more likely to hide their feelings, claim everything is “fine” and believe that adult involvement will only make their lives worse. Their cliques and social hierarchies, dominated by mastermind ringleaders and adjutant wingmen, exert as powerful an influence as “queen-bee factions,” but they can be even more difficult for parents to see, let alone decipher. This book explains how parents can recognize what their sons are dealing with, and break through communication barriers to provide the critical support boys need to succeed and be happy.

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Praise for Masterminds and Wingmen:

“Rosalind Wiseman, who so insightfully explained the world of girls in Queen Bees and Wannabes, has done it again. This book is a powerful exploration of the inner life of boys, which is far more complex than many parents and educators may realize. Wiseman reveals the unwritten rules boys must both abide by and try to overcome, and she helps parents understand boys’ reactions, as well as their own. This is an essential guide – not just for parents but anyone who wants to better understand their own childhood and its impact.”
-Anderson Cooper

“Rosalind Wiseman is perhaps America’s foremost guide through the complex social hierarchies and cruel logics that govern adolescents’ lives. And Masterminds and Wingmen maps the foreign territory of boys’ social and interior emotional lives as deftly and compassionately as Wiseman’s earlier book on girls. With clear analysis and down-to-earth practical advice, this book will guide many manyconversations between parents and their sons.”
-Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

“Rosalind Wiseman brings a distinctive perspective and voice to whatever issue she takes up.She did it in Queen Bees and Wannabes. Now she’s done it again, revealing the inner workings of ‘Boy World.’ I found the book insightful and useful, as both a father to sons and as a professional working with violent youth who must deal with the most serious life issues facing other people’s sons.”
-James Garbarino, PhD, author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them

“Don’t even try parenting, teaching or coaching a boy without reading Wiseman’s book-a field manual that you’ll absolutely need if you wish to enter the strange and wondrous world of guys.”
-Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That’s Leaving Them Behind

“The world bombards boys with confusing and destructive messages – the net result is the creation of characters instead of young men with character. Masterminds and Wingmen will help parents, teachers, and coaches understand young boys and make a difference in their lives. An intriguing read.”
-Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Have a New Kid by Friday

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