A fictional account of Steven and Jerome, two young boys who create a 'for men only' club and their struggle against the opposite sex to keep it that way. Chris Lynch gives hilarious new meaning to the age-old battle of the sexes in this fresh new series for middle graders.
A gripping account of espionage and loyalty that Booklist calls "a compact, frayed-nerves bundle of brilliance," from National Book Award Finalist Chris Lynch.All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather's dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold--people he's killed, countries he's overthrown--old work "friends" show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police (and possibly something worse) before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.
Some things are best left forgotten. A gripping account of espionage and loyalty from National Book Award Finalist Chris Lynch.All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather's dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold--people he's killed, countries he's overthrown--old work "friends" show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police (and possibly something worse) before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.
A teen runs away from his broken life and invents a new one in this dazzling adventure from Printz Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch.Crystal City called for him, and Kevin answered. And why wouldn't he? His relationship with his father is broken--as is his arm. With barely anyone to miss him or care if he's gone, it seemed like the perfect time for Kevin to run away to his estranged uncle and create an entirely new identity. New name. New attitude. New friends. Maybe even a new girl. From the first moment of adventure, Kevin's life takes a turn for the exciting. Making friends seems easy with his new persona, especially when a group of homeless beach bums instantly includes him in their crew. But do they like the real Kevin, or the guy he's pretending to be? And will this new lifestyle help Kevin escape from the misery of his former life--or will it drag him right back into the reasons he left home?
The He-Men must stay strong when one of their members starts talking to the enemy: a girl!One of the He-Man Women Haters blatantly violates the main rule of the club: consorting with the enemy. And this enemy's not just any girl; she's someone's sister--Ling's sister! When Wolfgang is put on trial for his misdeed, the boys discover it's getting tougher to be feared and respected in their neighborhood, especially with dissent in the ranks.
He-Man Ling has a problem. His fellow club members are consorting with the enemy big time. Wolf is flirting with Ling's sister, Jerome is getting kisses from Vanessa, and Steven dissolves into a puddle whenever the dreaded Monica appears. Then the He-Men are tricked into coming to a dance party, where -- horror of horrors! -- more than one of them ends up with a girl. Desperate measures are called for, and Ling tries everything from direct physical intervention to an actual court-martial. When nothing works, he comes to a shocking conclusion: could it be that the He-Men don't really want to be saved?
"All the sizzle, chaos, noise and scariness of war is clay in the hands of ace storyteller Lynch." -- Kirkus Reviews Chris Lynch concludes his gritty, thoughtful, and critically acclaimed WWII fiction series -- providing entirely new insight into "The Good War." The US Marines Corps is home to some of the roughest, toughest combatants in World War II. Their courage and daring are legendary. And the best of the best -- the boldest among them -- are joining the Corps' elite new paratrooper combat unit. As Paramarines, they'll be expected to do everything a typical Marine does... and do it while skydiving. Nick Nardini knows that he's destined to become a Paramarine. He also knows that he has to convince his best friend, Zachary Klecko, to sign up too. Nardini and Klecko used to be inseparable, ever since they met in kindergarten, but recently they've been drifting apart. Fighting in the same battalion -- and jumping out of the same planes -- seems to Nardini like a surefire way to restore their bond and come out of the war stronger than ever. The Axis powers, however, may have other ideas...
Two teens discover the true danger of love in this gripping novel from Printz Honor-winning author Chris Lynch. Oliver loves Junie Blue. That's true. Pretty much everything else is a lie. Both known for their deceit, Junie and O's relationship was the only honest thing they had. But now that's over. Oliver's been dumped, and he's miserable. Junie says they're done. Unless she's lying? Junie's father works for One Who Knows, the head of an organized crime family. He won't tell O where Junie is, not even after O hears a rumor that Junie's won the lottery--and that One Who Knows expects to be given her ticket. O fears Junie's in danger, and he's determined to come to her rescue. But is there honestly anything he can do?
Elvin Bishop's uncle is a lot like Elvin's father. They're both dead, for instance. But Elvin's cool with that; it's the way it's been for as long as he can remember. Then one day it turns out that Uncle Alex isn't exactly dead. He is, instead, sitting on the couch, chewing a scone, and preparing to make up for lost time by fixing his sad-sack nephew before it's too late. Not long out of prison and perhaps not long for this world, Alex embarks on a crash course of tough love designed to turn Elvin into a real Bishop man. Despite his mighty powers of resistance and denial, Elvin is dragged on an odyssey that introduces him to glam tuba, hellfire-hot food, and the horrors of gym membership. Along the way he finds things he never wanted to look for -- lost relatives, history, roots, regrets, and his own wobbly brand of strength.
Why is Elvin such a lightning rod for people trying to improve him?For as long as Elvin can remember, it's been just him and his mom, the only blood relative he knows. But out of the blue, his supposedly dead uncle, Alex, shows up. Elvin learns that years ago, Alex stole the money his dad had left to him and his mom--but now Alex wants to make amends with Elvin. He wants to improve all sorts of things, offering to fix Elvin's hair and get him a gym membership. The problem is, Elvin doesn't think his life needs fixing. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Does being loyal make you a hero or a coward?Fifteen-year-old, Irish-American Mick lives in the heavily segregated streets of Boston, where loyalty is paramount and straying from your roots is dangerous. After taking part in a racist attack during a crowded Saint Patrick's Day parade, Mick, who is caught on a TV camera, is considered a hero by his alcoholic older brother and the barflys from his neighborhood pub. But his school becomes a battlefield when Mick becomes the target of every group that has ever wanted to get a fist on him. As Mick becomes more aware of the humanity behind color lines, he realizes that tormenting people for nothing more than the color of their skin is just plain wrong--but separating himself from his roots will be Mick's biggest fight yet. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Uneasy with the drunken violence and prejudice of his brother and others in his Irish neighborhood in Boston, Mick makes friends with a somewhat enigmatic Spanish-speaking loner at school.
Zane has made an enemy for life in the evil Dr. Gristle, who is jealous of Zane's ability to use technology to talk to animals. He's now working on a new device to control animals' movement and speech--and Zane's dog is one of the first test cases.
Graduation from high school? A senior thesis? A betrayal by someone you love? A loss of innocence? The death of a parent? Losing the family you always wished you had? Facing a harsh reality? What's the line that separates childhood from the "real world"? And what happens when it's nothing you imagined it would be? Do you want to be a published author? The editors at HarperCollins invite you to submit a short story about a character who has to face the "real world" for the first time. The story must involve a single, life-changing event. First prize is the opportunity to be published alongside your favorite authors in the paperback edition of the No Such Thing as the Real World collection. All stories must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, and all contributing authors must be between fourteen and nineteen years old.
A teen revives the legacy of his lost brother in this compelling novel from the author of Inexcusable, a National Book Award finalist.When Eric's brother Duane dies, his world breaks in two. Duane was his best friend--possibly his only friend. And Eric isn't sure how to live in a world without Duane in it. Desperate to find a piece of his brother to hold on to, Eric decides to meet some of the people who received Duane's organs. He expects to meet perfect strangers. Instead he encounters people who become more than friends and almost like family--people who begin to help Eric put the pieces of his life back together for good. From internationally acclaimed author Chris Lynch comes a gripping and enduring exploration of loss and recovery--and a long-awaited sequel to the celebrated Iceman.
High school senior Gordon Foley runs for mayor at the behest of his grandfather, an old-style politician scheming to regain power while he's in prison for fraud.
Gordie Foley can't wait to coast through his senior year--so how did he end up running for mayor?The best girl, the best car, and the best class schedule--Gordie Foley has it all in his final year of high school. When his beloved grandfather, the former mayor of the town, gives Gordie his trademark Studebaker Gran Tourismo Hawk for his eighteenth birthday, Gordie can't wait to live the most awesome senior year ever. But his grandfather has other plans. Calling the shots from prison, where he has been sent for racketeering, he sets up Gordie to run for town mayor to keep the family name in the news. Now Gordie is heading down the campaign trail--and this is a ride he can't just coast through. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
The He-Man Women Haters are rocking out in a punk band!With Wolfgang newly installed as their leader, the He-Men recruit club members Scratch and Cecil, and form a garage punk band. In no time at all, Scratch and the Sniffs is born--the problem is, no one can actually play an instrument. But lack of talent doesn't stop the He-Man Women Haters Club from chasing stardom--or at least a few bucks!
Relates the humorous attempts of wheelchair-bound Wolfgang to organize the members of the He-Man Women Haters Club into a rock band.
Boxing is the family sport--but it's killing the family in this riveting read from the author of Inexcusable, a National Book Award finalist.It's been five years since his father died, and fourteen-year-old George is the man of the family. He knows all too well how brutal the life of a fighter can be. Didn't it kill his father? But Monty, George's younger brother, has a completely different attitude. Boxing comes naturally to him. It's in his blood. He thinks of it as his father's legacy. Unless George figures out a way to stop it, will boxing kill Monty, too?
George has been the man of the family for the five years since his father died of boxing injuries. Too young to have seen how boxing killed their father, Monty, his younger brother, sees the sport as his legacy. In order to direct Monty out of harm's way, George finds that he must first learn to let him go.
It's your team or your family or your neighborhood or your church, or maybe just yourself and two other guys. But you have to be able to count on each other, or you can't count on anything at all. My guys are Skitz Fitzsimmons, who's daffy as a box of frogs, and Hector Fossas, who could pass for Jesus' stronger, tougher, holier brother. I'd stack my guys against anybody's. The tribe that runs everything in my parish is the Franchise: Fathers Blarney, Mullarkey, and Shenanigan. One's an old blowhard, one's a nasty piece of work, and one's the coolest priest on wheels. Except as soon as you think you know all that, you find out you don't know anything. They're in charge of right and wrong, but it seems like they make it up as they go along. They want to break us apart, because of what we see and what we say. So I guess the question is, can the rest of the tribe wait when one guy's falling behind?
Three lifelong buddies struggle against the hold of their church leaders "Don't let me fall behind" is the spoken promise between best friends Drew, Skitz, and Hector. The three teens live in a blurred church-school environment at the mercy of three priests who have an ominous power over them and their families. Together, Drew, Skitz, and Hector can get through the cruelties and power games of Fathers "Blarney," "Mullarkey," and "Shenanigan," as the boys call them. Together, the boys can deal with any issue--until suspected abuse begins to threaten their bond of friendship. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
Elvin just wants to fit in--but how can he find his place when he doesn't know what to look for?Elvin Bishop is about to attend a three-week-long high school orientation camp, where each student is "slotted" or placed on an athletic team. Chubby, fourteen-year-old Elvin knows this is not the place for him. From the start, he's told that some kids get picked on more than others, and to "try not to be one of those guys." His friends encourage him to toughen up, to avoid being a geek by acting more confident. The trouble is, Elvin doesn't quite know what kind of guy he is. And what if the kind of guy he is now isn't the kind of guy he'll be in four years? At times laugh-out-loud funny, Slot Machine is a keenly felt story of the push and pull of wanting to belong. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
When overweight thirteen-year-old Elvin Bishop is sent to camp at Christian Brothers Academy Retreat Center, he and his two best friends are forced to try various sports in order to find out where they belong.
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