I am a school counselor and I was looking for a workbook with activities to help work on students' confidence and self esteem. I guess I misunderstood what this book was- It's written in a kind of textbook format. It has stories and anecdotes to make it more readable, and the concepts are explained really well. As an adult, I found it helpful! But I can't imagine sitting with an 8-13 yr. old and getting through a book that is long and at points can be a bit of a tedious read. Perhaps if it was done only a bit at a time it might work.. Overall, if what you're looking for is a thorough analysis and explanation of confidence and self esteem for kids, this book does a good job of that.