At times, the author's writing style bothered me, but the book has such an impactful ending that I have to give it at least 4 stars. Although friendsAt times, the author's writing style bothered me, but the book has such an impactful ending that I have to give it at least 4 stars. Although friends had told me I wouldn't see it coming, I didn't believe them. I kept looking for clues. They were right. I only saw it as it started to unfold. Masterfully conceived plot....more
Ben’s dad wakes him early one morning to go on a mission to rescue a border collie, he's confused. When they start off, and he tells Ben that he’s quiBen’s dad wakes him early one morning to go on a mission to rescue a border collie, he's confused. When they start off, and he tells Ben that he’s quit his job to flip houses and the lack of steady income might mean that they can’t send him to hockey camp after all, he’s downright mad. Ben insists on bringing his older friend Theo and dog Atticus just to bug his dad. As the trip goes on, one thing after another goes wrong. Their car breaks down, so they borrow a bus and take its mechanic Gus and a waitress in distress along and someone seems to be following them. This read turns out to be one hilarious and yet heart-warming road trip.
Book was written by Gary Paulsen and his son Jim who wrote alternating chapters via e-mail. ...more
When their favorite teacher, Fat Bob, dies, Lucy, Elena and Michael are caught off-guard and sad. Then right after that, their least favorite teacherWhen their favorite teacher, Fat Bob, dies, Lucy, Elena and Michael are caught off-guard and sad. Then right after that, their least favorite teacher presents them with their summer reading list for 9th grade. When they explore the titles on the list, they decide that maybe they can do something to honor Fat Bob. His all-time favorite book was To Kill a Mockingbird and it is on the list. For whatever reason, most kids don't want to read it. They decide to create an unconventional plan to motivate students to read the book. Their plan involves the concept of supply-demand theory, clever deception and social media. Will it work or will they find themselves in trouble with local authorities?...more
Sydney feels invisible.... Her bother had always had all the attention - the golden boy. Even now, in prison for driving drunk and hitting a teen ridiSydney feels invisible.... Her bother had always had all the attention - the golden boy. Even now, in prison for driving drunk and hitting a teen riding his bike home at 2 AM, Peyton is still the center of his Mom's world. She focuses tirelessly on efforts to aid him in prison and push blame away from him. Sydney is lonely and even though she has some good friends at a exclusive private schools, when money gets tight, she decides she is going to transfer to local public school. It is here that she meets Layla and her family and her life is forever changed. Layla is anything but invisible, and she refused to let Sydney remain in the shadows. For her part, Sydney grows to love this girl and her family and she feels a connection there that is missing at home. She is not invisible when she is with Layla, Mac and the rest of the Chatham family, but she still wishes that she could connect with her parents, that for once, they would pay attention to her. When the tide turns, however, and her mom does start to pay attention, it's not at all for the reasons or in the way that Sydney had hoped.
This book has many moving pieces: great characters, intersecting plot lines and a myriad of themes. Teens will love this book. It has the expected Dessen romance thread, but this book is so much more than that. It's about acceptance, family, friendship, finding your voice and your place in the world. As the story progresses, Sydney's keen sense of self and others emerges which is fun to watch....more
When Lauren's mom sends her to live with her aunt and uncle and their four little kids, she is devastated. It's not that she doesn't love her Uncle JoWhen Lauren's mom sends her to live with her aunt and uncle and their four little kids, she is devastated. It's not that she doesn't love her Uncle Josh and Aunt Erica and her little cousins, but she really misses her mom and her younger brother. From the onset, the reader knows that there is more than meets the eye behind Lauren's sudden move, but was it something she did or something her mom did that landed her here?
When Lauren meets Colby, there is an instant attraction. He takes her to a party to meet some kids before school starts and she is excited at the prospect of a relationship with him, but then Colby doesn't call... An accident critically injures his best friend Benny and his Dad has banned him from dating so that he can concentrate on football. So Lauren and Colby make a pact to be "just friends."
Football... Colby is good at it and the team has a chance to win the state championship this year. Colby's dad doesn't want him to lose focus. He wants him to perform well and go on to play college football, but that's not what Colby wants - or is it? What will he decide? Will they make it to the state finals? What will happen to Benny? What's the mystery behind Lauren's family? Will she and Colby remain friends? You'll have to read this book by Lisa Schroeder to learn the answers to these and other questions.
This award winning book features two characters, Josh (Filthy McNasty) and Jordan Bell (JB). Both are premiere 8th grade basketball players and theirThis award winning book features two characters, Josh (Filthy McNasty) and Jordan Bell (JB). Both are premiere 8th grade basketball players and their Dad was a former professional basketball player. The book follows them through the end of their basketball season. Told in a narrative poetry format, the story is told from both boys' voices and basketball is only one of the issues that the story addresses. The relationship between the boys changes throughout the story, especially when JB finds a girlfriend, leaving Josh feeling abandoned. When Josh takes out his anger on his brother during a game, he finds himself suspended from the basketball team with a whole lot of new feelings to deal with, but when a family crisis unfolds, the boys find out how important their relationship really is....more
Though not the typical psychological thriller I've come to expect from Gail Giles, I really liked this book. Two recent high school graduates from theThough not the typical psychological thriller I've come to expect from Gail Giles, I really liked this book. Two recent high school graduates from the local high school's Special Education program have both in jobs and an apartment together. FQuincy and Biddy are very different and yet have more in common than they believe. The two girls want to succeed and though Quincy really doesn't like Biddy, she decides to do her part to help them succeed. You see, Biddy's job is to cook and clean for the elderly lady providing the apartment. She can clean like no other, but she can't cook -because she can't read. Both girls go through their ups and downs especially emotionally and things in their pasts contribute to their attitudes and their fears. Quincy is more socially and intellectually equipped - or so it would seem at the beginning than Biddy but Biddy has some life experiences that will benefit Quincy in the end. ...more
Dan lived a charmed life for the first sixteen years of his life. He lived in a nice house with both parents and was the star pitcher on his baseballDan lived a charmed life for the first sixteen years of his life. He lived in a nice house with both parents and was the star pitcher on his baseball team. He even has a baseball scholarship at Rice University. Now things have changed. Dan's parents have both lost their jobs and though they were hanging on somehow now things have become destitute. They must sell their home and go to live with Dan's Uncle and Aunt. When tensions arise in their new living situation, his parents decide to move to Dignityville, a tent community that was established by the Mayor and City Council to give hope to the homeless. Dan is embarrassed but his parents are adamant that this is the right thing for them. Unfortunately, there are many people in the community opposed to Dignityville. When this opposition leads to a critical injury to one of Dan's friends there, he decides it is time to quit being embarrassed and become an advocate for the homeless. ...more
When March runs to his dying father's side and hears him say, "Find Jules," He naturally believes that he said, "Find Jewels," as his father Alfie isWhen March runs to his dying father's side and hears him say, "Find Jules," He naturally believes that he said, "Find Jewels," as his father Alfie is a renowned jewel thief. When March finds out he has a twin sister, he is shocked, but not as shocked as he is to learn that a curse on his father led to a prophecy that he and his sister would die together before their 13th birthday. A friend of his father reveals that their might be a way to reverse the curse, but it involves stealing 7 moonstones and there are plenty of people who want those jewels. ...more
One of my favorite recent reads! Donovan Curtis just can't help himself. He's that impulsive kid who can't stop himself from causing mistress. After hOne of my favorite recent reads! Donovan Curtis just can't help himself. He's that impulsive kid who can't stop himself from causing mistress. After he escapes from a detention for one offense, he finds himself looking at the school's statue of Atlas holding up the world. He'd looked at it a hundred times. How had he never noticed how big Atlas's rear end was? When he looks down and notices a branch, his impulses take hold and he uses the branch to hit atlas in the butt. Upon impact, the world breaks loose from Atlas and rolls right through glass doors into the gymnasium where the big middle school basketball championship is taking place. When the superintendent goes out to investigate, he finds Donovan and takes him to his office for disciplinary action. When another more pressing issue comes up, the superintendent writes down Donovan's name and tells him they will talk tomorrow. Funny thing... The paper the superintendent jotted Donovan's name on was the list of students who were to be admitted into the district's gifted program in another school. The Superintendent's secretary grabs the list from his desk and instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is admitted to the gifted program where he clearly doesn't belong and the superintendent has not given up on finding him....more