Our lives are shaped by events from the moment we are born. Sometimes we are lucky... sometimes we are not. Almost always, we find a way to get by.... A kid visited by memories of his dead cousin and tortured by his decision not to take a leap. A twin tormented by his monstrous brother. A couple blown apart by an unintended pregnancy. A personal discovery that threatens disaster. A bitter anger whose object is beyond the reach of revenge. A longing to live a forbidden life. In a new collection of 10 sharp, glittering short stories, award-winning author Chris Lynch gives us a candid and intense look at a collection of young lives from the inside out.
Alexander, who wants to be called Xan, is a misfit. He's an awkward loner who hasn't been able to find his place in the world. Xan's half-brother, Robert, seems exactly the opposite. At eighteen, he's enrolled in community college and has a decent job and a great girlfriend. So when Robert suspects Xan is traveling down a dangerous path of extremism, he is determined to intervene before it's too late. But the brothers may be more similar than either of them realizes.... This edgy exploration of what goes on in the mind of someone pushed to the brink examines the seeds of extremism that exist in everyone--and is sure to captivate readers of all kinds.
The members of the He-Man Women Haters Club go on a camping trip with Steven's father and uncle.
You have to love your family. You do, even if you don't, right? You don't have to understand them or play tennis with them, but you have to love them. It's a rule, and it's the kind of rule you don't break unless you're some kind of animal. My brother happens to be some kind of animal. My sister rides this sweet gold Honda scooter and has amazing hair. You'd hate her. My parents are vegetarian let-the-sunshine-in freaks. Lovable freaks but freaks all the same. My grandfather possesses a shocking comb-over, a kilt, about half of his original marbles, and his own golf complex. This summer, we are all working for him. It is going to be two hot, lucrative, carefree months of paradise. Or, possibly something else.
His friendship with two Hispanic students offers fifteen-year-old Mick an alternative to the drunken savagery of his brother and the narrow thinking of his Irish-American neighborhood in Boston.
Zane lives in a completely wired world where every pet has a microchip that allows it to talk. Zane soon learns that the pets aren't actually saying what the chip is translating. They aren't happy that all animals have been domesticated, and they enlist Zane to help them fight back and ensure their freedom.
The research project is a major component of most higher education sport courses. While undertaking a research project can be an exciting and rewarding experience, it can all too easily lead to stress and disappointment. Mistakes made early in the process - in the design of experiments, for example - can lead to frustration later on. This accessible book guides students through the process, from the initial stages of research (identifying problems and designing questions) right through to the presentation of their findings.
Elvin Bishop is fourteen -- an official Young Adult (and you know "that term one was dreamed up by an old adult). Having barely survived the sports camp that he and his best friends, Frankie and Mikie, attended in "Slot Machine", Elvin is actually ready for high school to begin. Or so he thinks. Suddenly, Elvin's hurled into a whole new social scene, where relationships -- the "right" relationships -- are the name of the game. Leave it to Elvin to fall hard for exactly the wrong kind of girl -- the kind of girl who is definitely "not" a part of any guy's cool plan. And that's just the beginning of his problems. Because what happens when everything that used to be so simple -- like friendship -- changes? With an appetite that forces him to shop at the Big and Tall, a mother who still talks to her long-dead husband, and a nasty case of hemorrhoids, is becoming cool something that someone like Elvin can even pull off? In this second book about Elvin, Chris Lynch has written the love story to end all love stories -- and a multi-layered look at the hysterical trials and tribulations of one guy's introductions to Young Adulthood. The entire cast of "Slot Machine" is back: good-looking, popular Frankie; dependable Mikie; the ominous Senior Boys; and the sarcastic and loving Mrs. Bishop. This time, though, there are girls on the scene.
Will finds himself with a bunch of kids in wood shop in a school that's known as Hopeless High. Will doesn't know what he's doing there--or maybe he just doesn't want to admit the truth. No one knows why local teens are committing suicide, either. The deaths all have one thing in common: beautifully carved wooden tributes that appear just after--or just before--the bodies are found. Will's afraid he knows who's responsible for the deaths.
All of Boston has been waiting for the "Gold Dust Twins" to come to the 1975 Red Sox. It's a Sox fan's dream. Richard Riley Moncrief is a fan who intends to live that dream. Napoleon Charlie Ellis arrives from the island of Dominica. A cricket player, he's more at home in Symphony Hall than Fenway Park. No problem. As long as he's willing to make baseball his life, they will be the next Gold Dust Twins.
Funny how much stuff you can lose when you move. The only thing you can't lose is yourself. No matter how hard you try. No matter where you go. Lost: 1 absentminded dog names Loose Lucy. 2 inseparable duet-singing finches. 1 seemingly indestructible tortoise. 1 huggable hamster (FRAGILE -- Please don't squeeze.) 1 lopsided, lop-eared rabbit. *1 sneaky little chameleon (*Not really lost. We just can't see him). 2 loving mothers. We miss them all very much. -- Walter & Sylvia P.S. Address all inquiries to W. & S. McLuckie at "The Gravedigger's Cottage".
A boy triumphs over his abusive environment in this raw and gripping story from National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch.Davey's had to grow up fast in order to get away--away from his beautiful mother, who loves him but can't take care of him; away from his charismatic but reckless father, who loves him too, but can't commit; and away from the people who look at him strangely because he's not like them. The only constant in his life has been his sister, Joanne. She's fed him, protected him, and taken care of him ever since she was seven and he was two. Now Jo, still a teenager, has a baby herself, and it's Davey's turn to take care of someone, to offer love like he's never known before. National Book Award finalist Chris Lynch "describes in unflinching detail a squalid, urban scene" in this "meticulously crafted" novel with "evocative and lyrical prose" (Publishers Weekly).
If you do it right, it can be a life. The hothouse, the guys, the glory. But just like that, it can all go up in smoke. In the beginning it was strange, ya know, because of all that we had lost. But there was something about it that felt so good and so right, too: "I'm so proud of you, Russ." "We'll always be here for you, man." "Heroes don't pay for nothin' in this town." It was nonstop. The mayor shook my hand. Ladies sent food. I've never eaten so much baked ham in my life. And now? Now the phone won't stop ringing from the crazies ready to blame me. My mom has to cry herself to sleep. They take a firefighter, a man, and they pump him up so big. . . . But once they start taking it away from you, they don't stop until they leave nothing on the bones. First they needed heroes, then they needed blood.
The other guys on Eric's hockey team call him the Iceman, because he's a heartless player, cold as ice. Only Eric knows the truth -- he's not cold, he's on fire, burning with a need he just can't explain. Least of all to his fanily -- not to his dad, whose only joy in life id watching Eric smash other hockey players to a pulp. Or his mom, who starts every conversation with "Your problem is..." Or even his brother, Duane, once a star athlete, now a star slacker. Can Eric find a way to make them understand how he feels -- before the fire inside consumes him completely?
"I am a good guy. Good guys don't do bad things. Good guys understand that no means no, and so I could not have done this because I understand." Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy. And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done something awful. Something unforgivable. Keir doesn't understand. He loves Gigi. He would never do anything to hurt her. So Keir carefully recounts the events leading up to that one fateful night, in order to uncover the truth. Clearly, there has been a mistake. But what has happened is, indeed, something inexcusable.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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