As Sharyn noted (hi, Sharyn!), middle school is not necessarily a time of rejoicing for many kids; or most. I think I hated elementary school more, though, perhaps because of the intense powerlessness of those elementary years. Think about it: people always telling you things: what to read, where to sit, what to wear, what to eat, when to go to bed. (Shudders) Perhaps this is why I grew up intractable? They wouldn’t let me blow my money on troll dolls, either, thanks very much.