Stargirl

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0375890025
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 312
  • Readers : 6592

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A modern-day classic from Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli, this beloved celebration of individuality is now an original movie on Disney+! And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday! Stargirl. From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. At first. Then they turn on her. Stargirl is suddenly shunned for everything that makes her different, and Leo, panicked and desperate with love, urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her: normal. In this celebration of nonconformity, Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli weaves a tense, emotional tale about the perils of popularity and the thrill and inspiration of first love. Don’t miss the sequel, Love, Stargirl, as well as The Warden’s Daughter, a novel about another girl who can't help but stand out. “Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times

Love, Stargirl

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0375890815
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 312
  • Readers : 2412

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The New York Times bestselling sequel to Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli’s modern-day classic Stargirl, now an original film on Disney+! And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday! Love, Stargirl picks up a year after Stargirl ends and reveals the new life of the beloved character who moved away so suddenly at the end of Stargirl. The novel takes the form of "the world's longest letter," in diary form, going from date to date through a little more than a year's time. In her writing, Stargirl mixes memories of her bittersweet time in Mica, Arizona, with involvements with new people in her life. In Love, Stargirl, we hear the voice of Stargirl herself as she reflects on time, life, Leo, and - of course - love. “Spinelli is a poet of the prepubescent. . . . No writer guides his young characters, and his readers, past these pitfalls and challenges and toward their futures with more compassion.” —The New York Times

Dead Wednesday

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0593306694
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Readers : 8012

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Can playing dead bring you back to life? Maybe on Dead Wednesday… On this day the worlds of a shy boy and a gone girl collide, and the connection they make will change them both forever. A brilliant new novel from the Newbery Medal winner and author of the New York Times bestseller Stargirl. "Jerry Spinelli has created another middle grade masterpiece." —BookPage, starred review On Dead Wednesday, every eighth grader in Amber Springs is assigned the name and identity of a teenager who died a preventable death in the past year. The kids don black shirts and for the whole day everyone in town pretends they're invisible—as if they weren't even there. The adults think it will make them contemplate their mortality. The kids know it's a free pass to get away with anything. Worm Tarnauer feels invisible every day. He's perfectly happy being the unnoticed sidekick of his friend Eddie. So he's not expecting Dead Wednesday to feel that different. But he didn't count on being assigned Becca Finch (17, car crash). And he certainly didn't count on Becca showing up to boss him around! Letting this girl into his head is about to change everything. This is the story of the unexpected, heartbreaking, hilarious, truly epic day when Worm Tarnauer discovers his own life.

Milkweed

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0375890378
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 312
  • Readers : 5097

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A stunning novel of the Holocaust from Newbery Medalist, Jerry Spinelli. And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday! He's a boy called Jew. Gypsy. Stopthief. Filthy son of Abraham. He's a boy who lives in the streets of Warsaw. He's a boy who steals food for himself, and the other orphans. He's a boy who believes in bread, and mothers, and angels. He's a boy who wants to be a Nazi, with tall, shiny jackboots of his own-until the day that suddenly makes him change his mind. And when the trains come to empty the Jews from the ghetto of the damned, he's a boy who realizes it's safest of all to be nobody. Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli takes us to one of the most devastating settings imaginable-Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II-and tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival through the bright eyes of a young Holocaust orphan.

The Warden's Daughter

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0553494635
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 352
  • Readers : 6557

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: From Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli comes the story of a girl searching for happiness inside the walls of a prison. And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday! Cammie O'Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she's the warden's daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women's excercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends. But even though Cammie's free to leave the prison, she's still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn't think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she's willing to work with what she's got. "A tapestry of grief and redemption, woven by a master storyteller ....Moving and memorable." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Smoke and Iron

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Rachel Caine
  • ISBN : 0451489225
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 448
  • Readers : 1732

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series. The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making...if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.

One Trick Pony

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Nathan Hale
  • ISBN : 1683350707
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Number of Pages : 128
  • Readers : 1676

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The aliens have arrived. And they’re hungry for electricity. In the Earth of the future, humans are on the run from an alien force—giant blobs who suck up electrical devices wherever they can find them. Strata and her family are part of a caravan of digital rescuers, hoping to keep the memory of civilization alive by saving electronics wherever they can. Many humans have reverted to a pre-electrical age, and others have taken advantage of the invasion to become dangerous bandits and outlaws. When Strata and her brother are separated from the caravan, they must rely on a particularly beautiful and rare robot pony to escape the outlaws and aliens—and defeat the invaders once and for all.

The Last Human

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Lee Bacon
  • ISBN : 1683356381
  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Number of Pages : 293
  • Readers : 7932

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Humans went extinct thirty years ago. Now the world is ruled by machines. And twelve-year-old robot XR_935 is just fine with that. Without humans around, there is no war, no pollution, no crime. Every member of society has a purpose. Everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Until the day XR discovers something impossible: a human girl named Emma. Now, Emma, XR, and two other robots must embark on a dangerous voyage in search of a mysterious point on a map. But how will they survive in a place where rules are never broken and humans aren’t even supposed to exist? And what will they find at the end of their journey? Narrated in the first person (first robot?) by XR, The Last Human blends humor and action with moments of poignancy to tell a story about friendship, technology, and challenging the status quo no matter the consequences. It’s not just about what it means to be a robot. It’s about what it means to be a human.

Loser

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0061756822
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Readers : 4263

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: From renowned Newbery-winning author Jerry Spinelli comes a powerful story about how not fitting in just might lead to an incredible life. This classic book is perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and Carl Hiaasen. Just like other kids, Zinkoff rides his bike, hopes for snow days, and wants to be like his dad when he grows up. But Zinkoff also raises his hand with all the wrong answers, trips over his own feet, and falls down with laughter over a word like "Jabip." Other kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. He doesn't know he's not like everyone else. And one winter night, Zinkoff's differences show that any name can someday become "hero." With some of his finest writing to date and great wit and humor, Jerry Spinelli creates a story about a boy's individuality surpassing the need to fit in and the genuine importance of failure. As readers follow Zinkoff from first through sixth grade, it becomes impossible not to identify with and root for him through failures and triumphs. The perfect classroom read.

Space Station Seventh Grade

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0316381462
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 235
  • Readers : 2273

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Now a seventh grader, Jason finds out the hard way just how different things are where ninth graders are the kings.

Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Joshua S. Levy
  • ISBN : 1541546504
  • Publisher : Carolrhoda Books ®
  • Number of Pages : 288
  • Readers : 7975

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Percy Jackson meets Star Trek PSS 118 is just your typical school—except that it's a rickety old spaceship orbiting Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. Jack's dad used to be the science teacher, until he got fired for tinkering with the ship. Now Jack just wants to get through the last day of school without anything else going wrong. But when the school is mysteriously attacked, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity's first light-speed engine—and given Jack control of it. To save the ship, Jack catapults it hundreds of light-years away . . . and right into the clutches of the first aliens humans have ever seen. School hasn't just gotten out: it's gone clear across the galaxy. And now it's up to Jack and his friends to get everyone home. "[T]his middle-grade action-adventure space opera is just plain fun."—Booklist "A perfect bridge for readers looking for a Percy Jackson–esque work of science fiction."—School Library Journal

Red Wolf

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Jennifer Dance
  • ISBN : 1459708121
  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Number of Pages : 256
  • Readers : 1120

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2014 — Silver Medal Forest of Reading, Silver Birch Awards — Shortlisted MYRCA Award 2016 — Shortlisted Chosen for the Toronto Public Library's 2015 Great Reads for Kids collection “With Red Wolf, Jennifer Dance has come howling out of the wilderness ... and I'm deeply impressed.” — Joseph Boyden, Giller Prize–winning author Life is changing for Canada’s Anishnaabek Nation and for the wolf packs that share their territory. In the late 1800s, both Native people and wolves are being forced from the land. Starving and lonely, an orphaned timber wolf is befriended by a boy named Red Wolf. But under the Indian Act, Red Wolf is forced to attend a residential school far from the life he knows, and the wolf is alone once more. Courage, love and fate reunite the pair, and they embark on a perilous journey home. But with winter closing in, will Red Wolf and Crooked Ear survive? And if they do, what will they find?

Jason and Marceline

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0316381411
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 9354

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Jason and Marceline have been friends since the end of seventh grade. Now in ninth grade, Jason's starting to think that they could be more than friends, and Marceline's starting to think so, too. But does the beginning of romance mean the end of their friendship?

The Most Dangerous Game

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Richard Connell
  • ISBN : 1504062639
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Number of Pages : 37
  • Readers : 2036

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: From one of America’s most popular short story writers and an Academy Award nominee: the O. Henry Award–winning tale that inspired the movie The Hunt. A subject of mysterious rumors and superstition, the deserted Caribbean Island was shrouded in an air of peril. To Sanger Rainsford, who fell off a yacht and washed up on its shores, the abandoned isle was a welcome paradise. But unknown to the big-game hunter, a predator lurked in its lush jungles—one more dangerous than any he had ever encountered: a human. First published in 1924, this suspenseful tale “has inspired serial killers, films and stirred controversy in schools. A century on, the story continues to thrill” (The Telegraph). “[A] tense, relentless story of man-against-man adventure, in which the hunter Sanger Rainsford learns, at the hands of General Zaroff, what it means to be hunted.” —Criterion

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Patty Lovell
  • ISBN : 1101653876
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 32
  • Readers : 1331

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Be yourself like Molly Lou Melon no matter what a bully may do. Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn't mind. Her grandmother has always told her to walk proud, smile big, and sing loud, and she takes that advice to heart. But then Molly Lou has to start in a new school. A horrible bully picks on her on the very first day, but Molly Lou Melon knows just what to do about that.

Hidden Talents

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : David Lubar
  • ISBN : 1429963239
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 3066

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: American Library Association "Best Books for Young Adults" American Library Association "Quick Picks for Young Adults" Martin Anderson and his friends don't like being called losers. But they've been called that for so long even they start to believe it. Until Martin makes an incredible discovery: each of his friends has a special hidden talent. Edgeview Alternative School was supposed to be end of the road. But for Martin and his friends, it just might be a new beginning. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Dress Coded

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Carrie Firestone
  • ISBN : 1984816446
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 320
  • Readers : 2365

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: In this debut middle-grade girl-power friendship story, perfect for fans of Moxie, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion. Molly Frost is FED UP... Because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top. Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit. Because when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her an F. Because it's impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertips. Because girls' bodies are not a distraction. Because middle school is hard enough. And so Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories, and before long, her small rebellion swells into a revolution. Because now the girls are standing up for what's right, and they're not backing down.

Third Grade Angels

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0545469600
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Number of Pages : 160
  • Readers : 5624

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The long-awaited prequel to the bestseller FOURTH GRADE RATS George, aka "Suds," has just entered third grade, and he's heard the rhyme about "first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats," but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded "the halo" - which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he's finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn't actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count? A warm, funny return to elementary school from master storyteller Spinelli.

Every Body Looking

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Candice Iloh
  • ISBN : 0525556214
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Number of Pages : 418
  • Readers : 1288

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: A Finalist for the National Book Award When Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a Historically Black College, it’s the first time she’s ever been so far from her family—and the first time that she’s been able to make her own choices and to seek her place in this new world. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, she also begins to wrestle with her past—her mother’s struggle with addiction, her Nigerian father’s attempts to make a home for her. Ultimately, Ada discovers she needs to brush off the destiny others have chosen for her and claim full ownership of her body and her future. “Candice Iloh’s beautifully crafted narrative about family, belonging, sexuality, and telling our deepest truths in order to be whole is at once immensely readable and ultimately healing.”—Jacqueline Woodson, New York Times Bestselling Author of Brown Girl Dreaming “An essential—and emotionally gripping and masterfully written and compulsively readable—addition to the coming-of-age canon.”—Nic Stone, New York Times Bestselling Author of Dear Martin “This is a story about the sometimes toxic and heavy expectations set onthe backs of first-generation children, the pressures woven into the familydynamic, culturally and socially. About childhood secrets with sharp teeth. And ultimately, about a liberation that taunts every young person.” —Jason Reynolds, New York Times Bestselling Author of Long Way Down

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #83

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  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Author : Tom Waltz,Kevin Eastman
  • ISBN : Not Available
  • Publisher : IDW Publishing
  • Number of Pages : Not Available
  • Readers : 2625

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: "Kingdom of Rats," Part 3. In an effort to thwart the Rat King, the TMNT travel to distant Siberia to try and enlist the help of his brother, Manmoth. The Turtles soon find that his welcome is less than warm in their new surroundings!

Stargirl by Geoff Johns

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  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Author : Geoff Johns,David S. Goyer
  • ISBN : 1779507356
  • Publisher : DC Comics
  • Number of Pages : 416
  • Readers : 8156

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Meet Courtney Whitmore, a typical teenage girl trying to make it through high school-but she's about to stumble upon a secret that will make her life a lot more complicated! Her new stepfather, Pat Dugan, was once a costumed adventurer called Stripesy. Finding the Kid's costume, Courtney decides to become the new Star-Spangled Kid! But Dugan isn't about to let his new daughter put herself in harm's way-at least, not by herself. He soon builds a robotic suit called S.T.R.I.P.E. so he can keep an eye on Courtney as she battles for justice. Now the duo fight side by side as they take on aliens, cults, super-villains, and more! Collects Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0-14, JSA All Stars #4, and stories from DCU Heroes Secret Files (1999) and DCU Villains Secret Files (1999).

Knots in My Yo-Yo String

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  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Author : Jerry Spinelli
  • ISBN : 0307486850
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Number of Pages : 160
  • Readers : 9187

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Newbery medalist Jerry Spinelli has penned his early autobiography with all the warmth, humor, and drama of his best-selling fiction. And don't miss the author's highly anticipated new novel, Dead Wednesday! "A master of those embarrassing, gloppy, painful, and suddenly wonderful things that happen on the razor's edge between childhood and full-fledged adolescence" --The Washington Post From first memories through high school, including first kiss, first punch, first trip to the principal's office, and first humiliating sports experience, this is not merely an account of a highly unusual childhood. Rather, like Spinelli's fiction, its appeal lies in the accessibility and universality of his life. Entertaining and fast-paced, this is a highly readable memoir-- a must-have for Spinelli fans of all ages.

Above All Else

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Jeff Ross
  • ISBN : 1459803906
  • Publisher : Orca Book Publishers
  • Number of Pages : 176
  • Readers : 1164

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Del plays striker on his high school soccer team, the Cardinals, and they've gone almost three seasons undefeated. To Del, it's just a game, but some of the players think winning is all that matters. When an ugly tackle results in a major loss for the Cardinals against their main rival, the Rebels, things get heated between the teams. That night, one of Del's teammates has his ankle broken by an unknown assailant, leaving him unable to take part in the playoffs. As Del tries to figure out which of the Rebels' players is responsible for the attack, his coach brings in a substitute player, and he's actually really good. Is it just a coincidence, or did someone finally take the "above all else" mentality too far?

Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane

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  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Author : Tom King
  • ISBN : 1401281761
  • Publisher : DC Comics
  • Number of Pages : 176
  • Readers : 8958

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Superstar artist David Finch (WONDER WOMAN) completes his run on the Dark Knight in BATMAN VOL. 3: I AM BANE, the stunning new chapter in writer Tom KingÕs (THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON) wildly acclaimed Batman saga. He is not a joke. He is not a riddle. He is not a bird or a cat or a penguin, not a scarecrow or a plant or a puppet. He is not a fairy tale or a circus act, a broken friend or a regretful mentor. He is no rich boy pretending to be a knight. He is Bane. The Batman invaded his home, scarred his mind and broke his back. Now Bane has returned to Gotham City for a single purpose: break the Batman once and for all. But first, heÕll destroy everyone the Dark Knight has ever lovedÉor loathed. The young heroes whoÕve worn the mantle of Robin. The cops, crime-fighters and vigilantes who make up BatmanÕs army of allies. Even the madmen and monsters that haunt the halls of Arkham Asylum. Batman will need all of their helpÑand moreÑto fend off this unstoppable challenger. Because both Bane and Batman know one thing: only one of them will walk away from their final confrontation unbrokenÉ Collects stories from BATMAN #16-20, 23-24 and BATMAN ANNUAL #1.

The Greatest: Muhammad Ali

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  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Author : Walter Dean Myers
  • ISBN : 1338145436
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Number of Pages : 167
  • Readers : 9861

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: An inspiring biography of Muhammad Ali from the legendary Walter Dean Myers, reissued under Scholastic Focus for a new generation. From his childhood in the segregated South to his final fight with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali never backed down. He was banned from boxing during his prime because he refused to fight in Vietnam. He became a symbol of the antiwar movement—and a defender of civil rights. As "The Greatest," he was a boxer of undeniable talent and courage. He took the world by storm—only Ali could "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!"Muhammad Ali: Olympic gold medalist, former heavyweight champion, and one of the most influential people of all time.

Whale Talk

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Chris Crutcher
  • ISBN : 0061968536
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 352
  • Readers : 5051

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: “A truly exceptional book.”—Washington Post There's bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don't have a pool. The good news is that only one of them can swim anyway. Bestselling author Chris Crutcher’s controversial and acclaimed novel follows a group of outcasts as they take on inequality and injustice in their high school. "Crutcher's superior gifts as a storyteller and his background as a working therapist combine to make magic in Whale Talk. The thread of truth in his fiction reminds us that heroes can come in any shape, color, ability or size, and friendship can bridge nearly any divide.”—Washington Post T.J. Jones hates the blatant preferential treatment jocks receive at his high school, and the reverence paid to the varsity lettermen. When he sees a member of the wrestling team threatening an underclassman, T.J. decides he’s had enough. He recruits some of the biggest misfits at Cutter High to form a swim team. They may not have very much talent, but the All-Night Mermen prove to be way more than T.J. anticipated. As the unlikely athletes move closer to their goal, these new friends might learn that the journey is worth more than the reward. For fans of Andrew Smith and Marieke Nijkamp. "Crutcher offers an unusual yet resonant mixture of black comedy and tragedy that lays bare the superficiality of the high-school scene. The book's shocking climax will force readers to re-examine their own values and may cause them to alter their perception of individuals pegged as 'losers.'"—Publishers Weekly An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age Features a new afterword by Chris Crutcher

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom

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  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Author : Louis Sachar
  • ISBN : 0307797112
  • Publisher : Yearling
  • Number of Pages : 224
  • Readers : 8104

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The beloved bestseller from Newbery Medalist and National Book Award winner Louis Sachar (Holes), with a brand-new cover! “Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you.” That’s Bradley Chalkers for you. He’s the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has serious behavior problems. No one likes him—except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren’t afraid to try. But when you feel like the most hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world. . . .

Year on Fire

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : Julie Buxbaum
  • ISBN : 1984893688
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press
  • Number of Pages : 336
  • Readers : 9992

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: What secrets will people keep—or reveal—to protect those they love? This novel, set against the frightening backdrop of an encroaching fire season, sparks reflection about friendship, the allure of romantic love, and loyalty to family. Can a single kiss change everything? It was a year on fire. They fell in love. Someone was bound to get burned. The Spark: Just days before the start of junior year for twins Arch and Immie and their best friend, Paige, a spontaneous kiss shakes the very foundation of their friendship. But some loyalties run too deep to be broken by accidental betrayal. The Fuel: Enter Rohan, new to Wood Valley High by way of London, who walks into school on the first day completely overwhelmed by his sudden move halfway around the world. When Paige calls dibs on him—he’s too cute to ignore—Immie is in no position to argue, certainly not after taking the fall for the disloyal kiss. Too bad for Immie that Ro feels like the best kind of familiar. The Kindling: Former lab partners Arch and Jackson, Paige’s ex-boyfriend, have never considered themselves more than friends. But sometimes feelings can grow like wildfire. The Flames: When the girls’ bathroom at Wood Valley is set ablaze, no one doubts it’s arson. But in this bastion of privilege, who’d be angry enough to want to burn down the school? Answer: pretty much everyone. Year on Fire explores the blinding power of the lies we tell others and those we tell ourselves, the tight grip of family secrets, the magic of first love, and the grounding beauty of friendship.

The Spiral Dance

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  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Author : Starhawk
  • ISBN : 0062125222
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Readers : 7243

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The twentieth anniversary edition of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal role the book has had in bringing Goddess worship to the religious forefront. This bestselling classic is both an unparalleled reference on the practices and philosophies of Witchcraft and a guide to the life-affirming ways in which readers can turn to the Goddess to deepen their sense of personal pride, develop their inner power, and integrate mind, body, and spirit. Starhawk's brilliant, comprehensive overview of the growth, suppression, and modern-day re-emergence of Wicca as a Goddess-worshipping religion has left an indelible mark on the feminist spiritual consciousness. In a new introduction, Starhawk reveals the ways in which Goddess religion and the practice of ritual have adapted and developed over the last twenty years, and she reflects on the ways in which these changes have influenced and enhanced her original ideas. In the face of an ever-changing world, this invaluable spiritual guidebook is more relevant than ever.

Schooled

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Anisha Lakhani
  • ISBN : 140139566X
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Number of Pages : 368
  • Readers : 4846

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Welcome to Schooled, where even homework has a price. Ivy-League educated Anna Taggert believes that enriching the minds of America's youth is the greatest gift, and that landing a job at an elite Manhattan school is her lucky break. But when the grim reality of the private school hierarchy settles in, not to mention that of her meager compensation, Anna realizes that passion might not be worth the sacrifice. Ever the optimist, Anna forges on until she discovers that the papers she grades are not the work of her students, but of their high-priced, college-educated tutors. After uncovering this underground economy, where a teacher can make the same hourly rate as a Manhattan attorney, Anna is seduced by lucrative offers--one after another. Teacher by day, tutor by night, she starts to sample the good life her students enjoy: binges at Barneys, dinners at the Waverly Inn, and a new address on Madison Avenue. Until, that is, Anna gets schooled.

Lab Partners

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  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Author : M. Montgomery
  • ISBN : 1989365159
  • Publisher : Wattpad Books
  • Number of Pages : 264
  • Readers : 9125

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Love is a chemical reaction. When Jordan Hughes arrives at Pinecrest High School, Elliot Goldman’s graduating year suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Smart, good looking and charming, Jordan isn’t exactly the kind of person Elliot’s used to having as a lab partner. But when they start acing their assignments, life is suddenly about more than boring lectures, bad cafeteria nachos, or relentless bullying, and for the first time ever, Elliot can’t wait to get to chemistry class. As they start spending more time together outside of school, Elliot realizes he’s never met anyone quite like Jordan. And then everything changes one night when Jordan kisses him, making Elliot question everything about their relationship and about himself. The butterflies start to make sense—the trouble is, right now, nothing else does. Love was the last thing on Elliot’s mind. But as he begins to figure out how he really feels about Jordan, he realizes that sometimes the last thing you are looking for is the one thing you need the most.

Adolescent Literacy in the Era of the Common Core

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  • Category : Education
  • Author : Jacy Ippolito,Joshua Fahey Lawrence,Colleen Zaller
  • ISBN : 1612506062
  • Publisher : Harvard Education Press
  • Number of Pages : 304
  • Readers : 9676

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Adolescent Literacy in the Era of the Common Core provides school leaders, teachers, and others with strategies and best practices for advancing adolescent literacy in the classroom. Exceptionally clear and accessible, the book addresses a full range of topics in this vitally important field, including disciplinary literacy; vocabulary instruction; classroom discussion; motivation and engagement related to digital literacy; the use of multiple texts; and writing to learn. This book presents “usable knowledge” of the highest order and of immediate value to school leaders and teachers. It will be required reading for all educators concerned with promoting and furthering adolescent literacy today.

Fall

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  • Category : Fiction
  • Author : Kristen Callihan
  • ISBN : Not Available
  • Publisher : Plain Jane Books
  • Number of Pages : 385
  • Readers : 5560

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: The first time I met Jax Blackwood things went a little sideways. In my defense, I didn’t know he was Jax Blackwood—who expects a legendary rock star to be shopping for groceries? More importantly, a blizzard was coming and he was about to grab the last carton of mint-chocolate chip. Still, I might have walked away, but then he smugly dared me to try and take the coveted ice cream. So I kissed him. And distracted that mint-chip right out of his hands. Okay, it was a dirty move, but desperate times and all that. Besides, I never expected he’d be my new neighbor. An annoying neighbor who takes great pleasure in reminding me that I owe him ice cream but would happily accept more kisses as payment. An irresistible neighbor who keeps me up while playing guitar naked–spectacularly naked–in his living room. Clearly, avoidance is key. Except nothing about Jax is easy to ignore—not the way he makes me laugh, or that his particular brand of darkness matches mine, or how one look from him melts me faster than butter under a hot sun. Neither of us believes in love or forever. Yet we’re quickly becoming each other’s addiction. But we could be more. We could be everything. All we have to do is trust enough to fall

Teaching the Tough Issues

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  • Category : Education
  • Author : Jacqueline Darvin
  • ISBN : 0807773786
  • Publisher : Teachers College Press
  • Number of Pages : 147
  • Readers : 4923

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Teaching the Tough Issues introduces a groundbreaking teaching method intended to help English, social studies, and humanities teachers address difficult or controversial topics in their secondary classrooms. Because these issues are rarely addressed in teacher preparation programs, few teachers feel confident facilitating conversations around culturally and politically sensitive issues in ways that honor their diverse students’ voices and lead to critical, transformative thinking. The author describes a four-step method to help teachers structure discussions and written assignments while concurrently assisting them in addressing Common Core State Standards. Designed to aid students in both developing their own viewpoints on contentious issues and in actively critiquing those of their teachers and peers, these practices will enhance any humanities curriculum. Book Features: Offers guidance for exploring difficult and/or controversial aspects of course content.Provides an excellent means of differentiating instruction and promoting critical literacy.Helps teachers to foster positive behavior and decision-making with their students.Enables students to improve their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and observation skills.Assists teachers in attaining the CCSS and other curricular mandates in their secondary humanities classrooms. “Darvin has provided us all with a powerful tool for guiding students as they explore their identity, unafraid to explore what it means to be human.” —From the Foreword by Douglas Fisher, professor of educational leadership, San Diego State University “Darvin takes on the big, important issues in adolescents’ lives that often go unaddressed in most classrooms. With an equal balance of sensitivity and directness, she exhorts teachers to name, deconstruct, and think curricularly about the cultural and political forces influencing and being influenced by today’s youth.” —William Brozo, professor of literacy, George Mason University, author of Wham! Teaching with Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum

To the Stars!

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  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Author : Gina Bellisario
  • ISBN : 1512484741
  • Publisher : Lerner Digital ™
  • Number of Pages : 24
  • Readers : 8643

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and text highlighting for an engaging read aloud experience! How do stars shine so bright? Stella's imagination takes her on an adventure to explore the stars. Join her on a mission to visit constellations, learn about the closest star to Earth, and maybe even race a shooting star! Find out more about the fascinating stars in the night sky.

Space Science and Public Engagement

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  • Category : Science
  • Author : Amy Paige Kaminski
  • ISBN : 0128173912
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Number of Pages : 298
  • Readers : 9294

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Space Science and Public Engagement: 21st Century Perspectives and Opportunities critically examines the many dimensions of public engagement with space science by exploring case studies that show a spectrum of public engagement formats, ranging from the space science community's efforts to communicate developments to the public, to citizenry attempting to engage with space science issues. It addresses why public engagement is important to space science experts, what approaches they take, how public engagement varies locally, nationally and internationally, and what roles "non-experts" have played in shaping space science. Space scientists, outreach specialists in various scientific disciplines, policymakers and citizens interested in space science will find great insights in this book that will help inform their future engagement strategies. Critically examines how expert organizations and the space science community have sought to bring space science to the public Examines how the public has responded, and in some cases self-organized, to opportunities to contribute to space science Outlines future engagement interests and possibilities

Schule in Literatur und Film

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  • Category : Education
  • Author : ide - informationen zur deutschdidaktik
  • ISBN : 3706558645
  • Publisher : StudienVerlag
  • Number of Pages : 128
  • Readers : 8752

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: DIE SCHULE IN LITERATUR UND FILM - EINE HASSLIEBE Das Verhältnis von Schule und Literatur/Film prägt seit jeher eine 'Hassliebe'. Kritische Abrechnungen mit der eignen Schulzeit prägen gerade die österreichische Literatur, andererseits ist die Schule eine wichtige literarische und filmische Sozialisationsinstanz. Ein besonderer Fokus dieses Hefts liegt auf schulischen Rollenmodellen und ihrer künstlerischen Darstellung - vor allem von Lehrer/innen. Die dritte Sektion des Bandes widmet sich inter- und transmedialen Reflexionen, etwa Verfilmungen von Schulromanen. AUS DEM INHALT Schule und Film/Literatur - ein produktives Spannungsverhältnis Kaspar H. Spinner: Die Schriftsteller und der Literaturunterricht - eine Hassliebe? Matthias Pauldrach: "Nicht für das Leben, sondern für die Schule lernen wir!" Eine Reflexion der Beziehung von Schule und Leben anhand von Wes Andersons Spielfilm Rushmore Herwig Gottwald: Ernst Jünger als Autor über und für die Schule Hannes Schweiger: LehrerInnen als (sprachliche) Autoritäten. Unterrichtsimpulse zur Auseinandersetzung mit machtvollen Ordnungen und ihrer kritischen Reflexion Werner Wintersteiner: Entstörungsdienste - die (Anti-)Pädagogik der Christine Nöstlinger. Plädoyer für eine Neubewertung ihres Werkes LehrerInnenbilder - Reflexionen eines umstrittenen Berufs Ewald Arenz: Lehrer? Ach so. Markus Vorauer: Ambivalenz und Scheitern. Über einige widersprüchliche Lehr-Performances in aktuellen Spielfilmen Markus Kreuzwieser: "Ich bin kein Schriftsteller, sondern Mittelschullehrer" - oder doch umgekehrt? Wiedergelesen: Peter Henischs Bali oder Swoboda steigt aus Film, Literatur, Schule - inter- und transmedial Klaus Maiwald: "Ich kann nicht Lehrer werden." Wie Erich Kästner der Schule und wie das fliegende Klassenzimmer dem Schulmeister Kästner entrinnt Katharina Ruck: Schülergewalt gegen Lehrer. Unterrichtsvorschlag zu Juli Zehs Roman Spieltrieb und seiner Verfilmung

Green Arrow: Der Klang der Gewalt

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  • Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Author : Smith Kevin
  • ISBN : 3736717121
  • Publisher : DC COMICS bei Panini Comics
  • Number of Pages : 132
  • Readers : 9119

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BOOK OVERVIEWS: Das Finale der viel gelobten Green Arrow- Neudefinition von Comic- und Filmemacher Kevin Smith (Dogma, Jay und Silent Bob schlagen zurück)! Oliver Queen versucht, sein Verhältnis zu Black Canary und seiner Familie ins Reine zu bringen. Allerdings macht ein Killer Jagd auf Verbrechensbekämpfer und hat auch den Bogenschützen auf seiner Abschussliste.