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By Darrien Lee. 2012
Denim Mitchell is excited to learn that she's been selected to tutor students after school. Not only will this earn… her extra credit in her honors classes, but it will also look good on her college applications. Fourteen-year-old Julius Graham enjoys working with his new tutor, but when he becomes the only witness to a horrific crime in his neighborhood, Julius shuts down emotionally. He hasn't told anyone what he saw, but with the detectives hanging around his house asking questions, he fears that it's only a matter of time before the murderer comes looking for him. Withdrawn and scared, Julius realizes that he has to tell someone his secret, but at what cost? Will Denim become his voice of reason and convince him to do the right thing, or will his secret put not only his family at risk, but Denim as well?
By Joseph Slate. 2003
Miss Bindergarten, the world's best kindergarten teacher, is getting ready for another milestone. Tomorrow she and her class will have… been together for 100 days. To celebrate, each student must bring "100 of some wonderful, one-hundred-full thing!" At night, while the students go to work assembling their projects, Miss Bindergarten is working, too, making special surprises for the class. The 100th day of kindergarten is bound to be unforgettable! Children will delight in hearing about this special event, a common cause for celebration in kindergartens today.
By Kwame Alexander. 2014
<P>2015 Newbery Medal Winner <P>2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner <P>"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks .… . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. <P>He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander. <P>Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Gary D. Schmidt. 2007
In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and… compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York.<P><P> Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.
By Karen English, Laura Freeman. 2013
It's tough being the new kid at Carver Elementary. Gavin had lots of friends at his old school, but the… kids here don't even know that he's pretty good at skateboarding, or how awesome he is at soccer. And when his classmate Richard comes over and the boys end up in trouble, not only does Gavin risk losing his one new friend, he has to take care of his great aunt Myrtle's horrible little dog as punishment. To make matters worse, Gavin seems to have attracted the attention of the school bully. Will he be able to avoid getting pounded at the skate park? And how is he ever going to prove he's cool with a yappy little Pomeranian wearing a pink bow at his side?
By Michael Griffo. 2011
Lesson 2: The people we love most may be the ones we know least. . . Archangel Academy is more… than a school to Michael Howard. Within its majestic buildings and serene English grounds, he's found friends, new love, and a place that feels more like home than Nebraska ever did. But the most important gift of Archangel Academy is immortality. . . Life as a just-made vampire is challenging for Michael, even with Ronan, an experienced vamp, to guide him. Michael's abilities are still raw and unpredictable. To add to the turmoil, the ancient feud between rival vampire species is sending ripples of discord through the school. And beneath the new headmaster's charismatic front lies a powerful and very personal agenda. Yet the mysteries lurking around the Academy pale in comparison to the secrets emerging from Michael's past. And choosing the wrong person to trust-or to love-could lead to an eternity of regret. . . Michael Griffo is an award-winning writer and one of six playwrights whose career will be tracked by WritersInsight. com until 2010. He is a graduate of New York University, has studied at Playwrights Horizons and Gotham Writers Workshop, and has written several screenplays.
By L. Divine. 2006
Back for another dose of high drama, Compton's sassiest, Jayd Jackson, is about to discover it really is a different… world when she starts dating South Bay High's finest white boy. . . All Jayd Jackson wants is a drama-free year at South Bay High, a. k. a. Drama High. But it doesn't seem she's going to get it. It's only the second week of Junior year and already, Misty, her nemesis, has almost gotten her killed after instigating a fight between Jayd and KJ's girlfriend, Trecee. But it goes with the territory. She's a fire child, and granddaughter to Lynne Mae Williams—Mama—and Mama says that means the drama will follow Jayd wherever she goes. Even so, Jayd just wants to chill, still hoping Junior year can carry on, drama-free. And with Misty and KJ reportedly hanging, Jayd is ready to move on. But the brother won't stop blowing up Jayd's cellie, and the text-messages keep coming; and the message is clear: KJ wants Jayd back bad. But Jayd couldn't care less. She's got a new man to kick-it with now—a half-Jewish white boy from Palos Verdes whose parents are loaded with a capital "L. " And Jeremy Weiner's no ordinary white boy—he listens to East Coast rap, he's got a sweet ride, and he's got it bad for Jayd Jackson. But no one at South Bay High will just let a sistah be happy. Misty's back to her usual foolishness, KJ's all over her jock, and the notoriously anti-black teacher Mrs. Bennett is tripping. Jeremy's got her totally sprung, but she's going to have to rely on her brains—and some of Mama's magic, of course—if she's going to survive another week at Drama High. But Jayd couldn't care less. She's got a new man to kick-it with now—a half-Jewish white boy from Palos Verdes whose parents are loaded with a capital "L. " And Jeremy Weiner's no ordinary white boy—he listens to East Coast rap, he's got a sweet ride, and he's got it bad for Jayd Jackson. But no one at South Bay High will just let a sistah be happy. Misty's back to her usual foolishness, KJ's all over her jock, and the notoriously anti-black teacher Mrs. Bennett is tripping. Jeremy's got her totally sprung, but she's going to have to rely on her brains—and some of Mama's magic, of course—if she's going to survive another week at Drama High. L. Divine is at the top of her game in this superb follow-up to the power-packed Drama High: The Fight. Look for the next juicy installment, Jayd's Legacy, coming soon.
By L. Divine. 2009
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers South Bay High's Jayd Jackson finally has her own ride, but… that sure doesn't mean her troubles are over. . . These days, Jayd just can't seem to get a break. Her car is more trouble than it's worth; her girl Mickey is being forced to attend continuation school; and Rah and his ex Sandy are still arguing. Despite these distractions, Jayd concentrates on making potions for hair and developing her own signature braid technique, which is getting her a lot of respect and money. But then school starts up again, and with it comes more drama. If Jayd wants to keep it all under control, she'll have to look deep into herself and take her destiny into her own hands. . .
By Jimmy Gownley. 2020
To his friends at Greycliff Academy, Kirby seems to have it all: charm, brains, and a lucky streak that won't… quit. He's also the notorious hero creating the snarky videos &‘7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up,&’ which expose just how dumb adults can be. Why would any kid want to become one of them?But there's also a mystery about Kirby. And when his best friend, Raja, finds out his secret, Kirby, Raja, and their friends have to grow up fast and face the world head-on.
By Jackie Yeager. 2020
The Crimson Five make their International Debut! Kia Krumpet and her team of young inventors embark on the Swirl and… Spark Creativity Tour, the highest level of the Piedmont Challenge. To solidify their spots at the Piedmont Inventor's Prep School once and for all, they're challenged to create a final life-changing invention with Team France and Team Switzerland. Everything changes when the Crimson Five discover that someone else is pulling the strings in the competition—and a hidden invention with a secret. In order to save Piedmont, and the futures of all kids with big dreams around the world, Kia, Ander, Mare, Jax, and Jillian must find a way to unlock the invention and lead a new connected team—the ultimate test of imagination and teamwork. The Crimson Five are traveling the globe. Because a dream is born to become a dream come true.
By Evan Jacobs. 2016
Themes: fantasy, being late, respect, friendship, schoolwork, parallel/alternate universe <p><p> Shawn always runs late. Always. He even turns homework in… late but never seems to get in trouble. His grades are great. He’s smart. Well liked. Except by Amanda. She’s furious that he gets away with everything. They were friends once, but no more. Especially not in their video production class. The class had a big summer assignment. Now it’s time to turn it in. Shawn hasn’t even begun editing. To cut corners he uses a downloaded freebie app. But it’s been hacked. The morning the project is due, he wakes up in an alternate universe. A place where he doesn’t exist and nobody recognizes him. Except for Amanda.
By Kass Morgan, Danielle Paige. 2020
From New York Times best-selling authors Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige comes a thrilling, dark contemporary fantasy about a prestigious… sorority of witches and two girls caught up in its world of sinister magic and betrayals. <p><p> At first glance, the sisters of ultra-exclusive Kappa Rho Nu—the Ravens—seem like typical sorority girls. Ambitious, beautiful, and smart, they’re the most powerful girls on Westerly College’s Savannah, Georgia, campus. <p> But the Ravens aren’t just regular sorority girls. They’re witches. <p> Scarlett Winter has always known she’s a witch—and she’s determined to be the sorority’s president, just like her mother and sister before her. But if a painful secret from her past ever comes to light, she could lose absolutely everything . . . <p> Vivi Devereaux has no idea she’s a witch and she’s never lived in one place long enough to make a friend. So when she gets a coveted bid to pledge the Ravens, she vows to do whatever it takes to be part of the magical sisterhood. The only thing standing in her way is Scarlett, who doesn’t think Vivi is Ravens material. <p> But when a dark power rises on campus, the girls will have to put their rivalry aside to save their fellow sisters. Someone has discovered the Ravens’ secret. And that someone will do anything to see these witches burn . . .
By Ana Punset. 2020
Les noies del Club de les Vambes Vermelles es preparen pel viatge de les seves vides! Les noies del Club… de les Vambes Vermelles estan acabant la ESO i això vol dir que... se n'aniran de viatge de final de curs! Per grups hauran de fer tot el possible per recollir diners i qui més n'aconsegueixi s'endurà un premi! Les noies del Club de les Vambes Vermelles estan decidides a guanyar... però les Pavetes també, i estan ben disposades a fer el que calgui per sortir-se amb la seva. Comença el joc!
By Ana Punset. 2020
¡Las chicas del Club de las Zapatillas Rojas se preparan para el viaje de sus vidas! Las chicas del Club… de las Zapatillas Rojas están acabando la ESO, lo que significa que... ¡ya empiezan a preparar el viaje de fin de curso! Por grupos, tienen que hacer todo lo posible para recaudar fondos para el viaje. Quien consiga más dinero ¡se llevará un premio! Las chicas del Club de las Zapatillas Rojas están decididas a ganar..., pero las Pitiminís también, y están dispuestas a hacer lo que sea con tal de conseguirlo. ¡Empieza el juego!
By Robb Pearlman. 2020
Discover "The Office reboot fans never knew they needed" with this kid-friendly adaptation of everyone's favorite workplace comedy (Entertainment Weekly).Michael… Scott is Line Leader at Dunder Mifflin Elementary! It's a very big job, but Michael is sure he can live up to the "World's Best Line Leader" title printed on his water bottle. There's just one problem--Michael doesn't know how to lead the line. <P><P>Filled with colorful, detailed illustrations and brimming with Easter eggs and nods to iconic moments from the show, this hilarious reimagining features a pint-sized cast. This story will introduce The Office to a whole new generation and will teach them that everyone needs to ask for help sometimes. Even Line Leaders.The Office is a trademark and copyright of Universal Content Productions LLC. Licensed by Universal Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.
By David Kreizman. 2019
When a horrible tragedy unites five very different high school seniors, they discover the worst moment of your life can… help determine who you really are in the powerful YA novel, The Year They Fell.Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now, as senior year approaches, they're basically strangers to each other.Until they’re pulled back together when their parents die in a plane crash. These former friends are suddenly on their own. And they’re the only people who can really understand how that feels.To survive, the group must face the issues that drove them apart, reveal secrets they’ve kept since childhood, and discover who they’re meant to be. And in the face of public scrutiny, they’ll confront mysteries their parents left behind—betrayals that threaten to break the friendships apart again.A new family is forged in this heartbreaking, funny, and surprising book from award-winning storyteller David Kreizman. It's a deeply felt, complex journey into adulthood, exploring issues of grief, sexual assault, racism, and trauma.An Imprint Book“Teen drama abounds in this story about loss and love.” —Kirkus Reviews “Readers will find the characters relatable as they navigate the challenging time from senior year into adulthood following tragedy.” —School Library Journal
By Evan Jacobs. 2016
Cool girl Mia is perfection. And she knows it. She and her two besties rule the school. They declare what’s… hot and what’s not. And the Scabs are definitely not. They are losers. One of the Scabs accidently cracks Mia’s phone. Mia loses her cool. She takes her popularity a step too far and uses her status to bully the girls who ruined her expensive phone. But being queen bee can change in an instant. And it does for Mia when a doctored Instagram post shows her making out with the school dweeb. Mia is floored at how fast she falls. Once the tables are turned, she learns how harsh she’s been. <p><p> White Lightning Books addresses a wide variety of themes and interests in a narrow range of reading levels, no higher than a 2.5. Middle school is a time of self-discovery, high energy, and hormonal change. It can also be a time of self-assertion and defiance. Students who struggle to read will often not recover from low reading achievement in elementary school if their particular interests are not addressed. Encouragement and finding the theme to “hook” them is key. There is a broad range of interest and abilities in this age group, even with struggling readers. These are not YA or elementary books—a fact younger teens will appreciate.
By Anna Birch. 2020
"Rivals-to-lovers, mistaken identity, and slow, slow burn... A loving homage to fandom and queer girls."—Victoria Lee, author of The Fever… KingFor fans of Leah on the Offbeat and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Anna Birch's I Kissed Alice is a romantic comedy about enemies, lovers, and everything in between.Rhodes and Iliana couldn't be more different, but that's not why they hate each other.Rhodes, a gifted artist, has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts (until she’s hit with a secret bout of creator’s block), while Iliana, a transfer student, tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce.They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a webcomic. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other... a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other's future?An Imprint Book "The swoony queer romcom of my heart... Pitch-perfect."—Rachel Hawkins, New York Times-bestselling author of Prince Charming and Her Royal Highness
By Laurie Forest. 2018
Dark forces are on the rise in this sweeping sequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.Elloren… Gardner and her friends were only seeking to right a few wrongs when they rescued a Selkie and freed a military dragon. The last thing they expected was to be thrust into a realm-wide underground resistance against Gardnerian conquest.While the Resistance struggles to fight back against the harsh rulings of the Mage Council, more and more Gardnerian soldiers descend upon the University…led by none other than Lukas Grey, now commander of the nearby military base. Though Elloren tries to keep him at arm's length, Lukas is determined to tie himself to her, still convinced that she is the heir to the power of the Black Witch, a legacy of magic that will decide the future of all Erthia. As his own magic calls out to her, seeking to awaken a dark force within, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she's truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.Critics are raving about Laurie Forest's incredible debut, The Black Witch:“Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.” —Booklist, starred review“Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review“This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
By Richie Tankersley Cusick. 1990
Kate will do anything to be the teacher's petAn aspiring horror writer, Kate likes a little scare. When offered a… spot at an exclusive weeklong writing conference, she jumps at the chance to go. After all, it's taught by William Drewe, the master of horror himself.But strangely, when Kate arrives, William Drewe is nowhere to be found. Filling in for him is his brother, Gideon, whose assignments give Kate the thrills she seeks. With a teacher like this, she'll get all the material she needs to become a bestselling author . . . if she survives.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richie Tankersley Cusick including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.