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What is it about Alison? For one thing, she has rules: When stealing a rowboat, ALWAYS check that the oars are the same length, so you don't go in circles. In reference to your best friend's crush, KEEP your feelings to yourself. NEVER use your locker if that's where you were standing when told the very worst news of all. But rules -- like hearts -- are meant to be broken.
Has he called? No. I half expected to see him at Truth or Dairy today. He's sort of addicted to Coconut Fantasy Dreams. We both are. It was like... our drink. I was all ready to give him the cold shoulder, easy to do when working around ice cream all day. I could give him a bad ice-cream headache, mix extra ice in his smoothie and freeze his brain. Like he could be any colder.
There's nothing more annoying than working in a coffee shop inside a gas station -- and not being able to drive. And having to deliver coffee to your bus driver. Kamikaze Bus Driver sips his coffee, then charges back into traffic before I can even take a seat. I reach out for a seat back to hold on to, but the bus swerves and I fall onto the end of a seat that's already taken, right into the lap of none other than Mike Kyle. I'm shocked. Mike's never been on this bus before. This runs against the laws of nature. I'm just so stunned I can't help blurting, "What are you doing here?" completely impolitely. Then I realize I'm still sitting on his lap.
Summer is supposed to be fun. Right? Peggy Fleming Farrell's summer has taken a turn for the worse: She works at the Gas 'n Git to pay back her parents for wrecking two cars, takes summer school French from a succession of increasingly lame substitute teachers, loves an IHOP waiter, and attends Lamaze class with her mother while her father prepares for his professional ice-skating comeback (read: midlife crisis). Just when the only exciting event looming before her is the town's annual Rodeo Roundup Days -- "exciting" being a relative term -- things take an unexpected turn for the better. Between hijinks with a hijacked golf cart, plans for streaking at the Rodeo parade, and a showdown over pancakes, Peggy's summer becomes more about mayhem than money management, and definitely something close to fun. Even if she never learns to speak French.
"Humorous dialogue, smart pacing and some dirty politics make for an engaging read. With an election around the corner, this isn't a bad way for young readers to view the political arena. "-Kirkus Reviews When the middle school band is called to play for a presidential campaign rally, Aidan is right there with his clarinet, just in time to save the candidate's life. Interviewed by the media, he speaks up in favor of the need to save jobs-like his mom's, for instance. Even though he's in the middle of Little League season, for pete's sake, the candidate convinces him to join her tour of the midwest. Problem 1: The candidate's daughter HATES Aidan. Problem 2: What do you do when your whole life has been turned upside down and you can't get away from the media? Problem 3: What's a red-blooded American boy to do when he's asked to play the clarinet on national TV and the local bully back home is giving interviews saying Aidan's the nerd of the century?
"We have buried the putrid corpse of liberty." -- Benito Mussolini It's not like I'm surprised my mom picked the Mussolini quote for her wedding invitation. She's never been what one would call "conventional". I was a little surprised (but happy) when she agreed to marry my English teacher, Max Medina. Which makes my summer even busier -- with my classes at Chilton, the wedding planning, and, as Paris so efficiently pointed out, about ten years of extracurricular activities to catch up on, it makes me wonder: whatever happened to the good ol' days of summer loving, had me a blast?
ICING ON THE LAKE Beach reads for snow bunnies-our wildly popular beach reads expand to winter! The author of Maine Squeeze is back with another funny, romantic novel, this time in the snow.
Okay, let's face it. My mom and I are never going to have a "normal" mother-daughter relationship because my mom isn't just my mother, she's my best friend.
What's a girl to do when there are two guys who seem like The One? Just when Courtney has found the Best Boyfriend Ever (aptly named Grant Superior), she has to leave him to go to college, because apparently the universe doesn't want her to be happy. Now that she's three states away, what's going to happen to her Superior relationship? And what about that cute guy she works with at college? No, not him. Him. Definitely getting in the way with his cuteness. But not distracting Courtney enough to make her stop wondering what exactly happened between Grant and her best friend, Beth, back home. Why can't dating be as easy as eating a healthy vegan diet? Not that she's ever managed that, either, but still. Will Courtney ever figure out how to get this love thing right?
2 Lobster rolls, 1 w/xtra mayo--yuck! 1 Lm'ade 1 Wtr Ignore Evan -- Swap Tues to avoid? Call Ben! RITE AFTR WRK Get tmrw off - qlty time w/ Ben Stop lookg @ EVAN!!!
Order # 081582 Name: Emily Matthias Phone: Call me anytime! Date: I'd love one! Print Quantity:Um, a billion? I need pictures of everyone and everything. It's the Outer Banks-everything is photogenic here. Especially Blake. And Spencer. Size:3 x 54 x 65 x 78 x 10 They're tall. And handsome. Oh, you mean the photos? Film:ColorB & W Actually, yes, this summer would make an excellent movie. Single/Double:Starting the vacation single. But maybe I'll find Prints Charming!
It was a zoo the day I left. All I remember is pulling out of the driveway. I thought I was going to crumble into a hundred pieces. I looked at Grant. He looked at me. Mom hit reverse. It all seemed so tragic, like I was skipping off to war. Still and all. A really, really dumb idea to come this far for college.
Reservations? Yes. A couple. Like: Is Hayden really as interested in me as I am in him? And is my roommate right-should I "beware of hookups"? Confirmation? Doubtful. Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you said "commitment." Special Requests? Let me get through this summer without being fired and heartbroken. Let me fall in love this summer. Let me be part of the inn crowd.
She's humiliated, she's angry... and she's through with boys. Or at least that's what she says. This is the journal of Courtney Von Dragen Smith: middle child, product of divorce, would-be vegetarian. She writes the first mega-negative page the day after her boyfriend, "such a Dave," breaks up with her because he's heading off to college. Angry and humiliated, Courtney vows to survive senior year on the anti-guy plan. But can she really give up guys and focus on friends, school, and her job at the hip cafe Truth or Dairy? Or will a stint in student government, an epileptic dog, and a guy named Grant ("like-the-lake") Superior turn her world upside down and prove her journal right? It's true: life can get weirder.
Courtney Von Dragen Smith has done the unthinkable: In a burst of self-improving zeal (and some unexpected trouble with local options), she has left home for college out of state. What seemed like a good idea in spring feels like a calamity in fall. Culture in rural Wisconsin seems to be a formal bratwurst roast. Not to mention: Grant (best bf ever) is 1,000 miles away, there's a six-foot ear of corn making unwanted advances, and being vegan in America's Dairyland is regarded as highly suspicious at best. And so Courtney, "so on the fringe," begins her chronicle of what truly is a Wurst Case Scenario.
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