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After the death of Jerry's mother, his father takes the family to Japan for a summer, where Jerry suffers from boredom and loneliness until he discovers the local high school baseball team.
Seventeen-year-old Tony, a soccer player whose parents are divorcing, goes to Atami, Japan, to spend four-and-a-half months with a Japanese family.
John Rodgers never wanted to be a football star like his father. He prefers the solitude of distance running. It helps him gather his thoughts. John's been doing a lot of thinking lately, now that he's learned of his father's leukemia. In the midst of the pain and confusion, John makes a remarkable discovery: butterflies. Beautiful blue butterflies like none he has seen before. No one else has seen them before, either. It should be a reason to celebrate. But John discovered the butterfly on the property of the local lumber mill, which employs most of his neighbors - and his father. If the government decides that the butterfly should be protected, the mill will have to close. John's little secret could make him the town's worst enemy - and the shame of his dying father. Now John must decide how far he's willing to go for his discovery: the amazing California Blue. David Klass's gripping and passionate novel brings to life the faces and heated emotions found on both sides of an environmental battlefield.
The face of death watching me. Constantly being chased and tracked, by a nameless, faceless army. Can't trust anyone . . . His mother is not his mother. His father is not his father. And if he hadn't broken the high school rushing record that night, nothing would have changed. He'd just be going out for pizza, playing football, trying yet again to score with his girl friend, P.J. But he did break the record. He appeared on the news. And now they have found him. Ripped from the only world he's ever known, Jack plunges into a space-timebending game of survival with no way out. The rules are shrouded in secrets they say he can't handle. But some things he learns fast: Trust no one. Never forget that your friends could reveal themselves as your enemies at any second. Every turn leads to a betrayal. And if you don't go along with it, you die. After centuries of abuse, the earth is dying, and it's up to Jack to reverse the decline before the Turning Point, when nothing will ever be the same again. Beaten into shape by a ninja babe and a huge, shaggy, telepathic man's best friend, Jack hurtles across the ocean to save the future from the present and to solve the mystery of his purpose. Exactly who, or what, is Firestorm, and what does it have to do with Jack? And what comes next when everything you have ever known turns out to be wrong? In the first book of the Caretaker Trilogy, David Klass has created a thrilling world where nothing is as it seems. Firestorm is an electrifying adventure of hunting truth and raging hormones, all in the name of staying alive.
In Firestorm, the first book of the Caretaker Trilogy, seventeen-year-old Jack Danielson saved the world's oceans, but at great personal cost-his parents were killed and everything he knew and believed was turned upside down. Now Jack has come home to see P.J., his girlfriend and sole remaining touchstone. But she's missing, and blame falls on Jack. On the run with Gisco, his crafty canine sidekick, Jack is literally caught up in a whirlwind as he travels to the heart of darkness to rescue P.J.-a journey that will bring him face-to-face with the father of his old nemesis, the Dark Lord from the future, as well as a beautiful and mysterious ally. Jack's quest becomes all the more complicated as he discovers that the only person who can stop the Dark Lord is another time traveler, one who has become lost in the present. Searching him out, Jack encounters almost unendurable horrors, learns to appreciate the savage beauty of the rain forest, and is forced to confront shocking truths about himself and the people he loves. David Klass mixes heart-racing adventure with an urgent ecological warning about the fragility of the world's rain forests and the importance of respect for indigenous peoples.
Jack discovers that the only way to protect the Earth from ecological disaster at the hands of the Dark Army is to lock time, and he must choose between staying in the present or returning to the future world from which he came.
When he joins a predominantly black "Teen Dream Team" that will be representing the United States in an international basketball tournament in Rome, Jimmy Doyle makes some unexpected discoveries about prejudice, racism, and politics.
When his older brother is released from prison, seventeen-year-old Jeff's family secret is revealed, causing upheaval in his home, school, and love life.
As Joe Brickman heads into his senior year, he's looking forward to soccer season and dating Kristine. But scary, unpredictable things start happening at Lawndale High, as past violence returns to haunt the present.
While starring in her first feature film, sixteen-year-old Liz is dazzled by Los Angeles and a charming and handsome leading man and wonders what it will be like to return to her normal life in New Jersey.
Champion high school wrestler Ron Woods faces a soul-searching season when he refuses to retake a mandatory drug test he has failed. This decision affects every area of his life, including his feelings about his father, who died in Vietnam, and his first tentative romance.
Gr 7 Up-John, 14, makes himself unknowable, contemplating volumes about the absurdities of his world while restraining most utterances to monosyllables. The narrative bounces between comic and serious elements, such as band director Steenwilly's glasses being blown off by the "saurian screech" of Violet's saxophone, juxtaposed with the all-too-real violence that John suffers at home and elsewhere. Klass blazes past his previous literary efforts stylistically, introducing elements of magical realism to gradually reveal a quirky, talented, and likable guy. Having been trashed by beautiful, shallow, and manipulative Gloria, John gradually discovers that down-to-earth Violet is truly the girl of his dreams. With his life already at one of its lowest points, the protagonist verbally abuses his algebra teacher, "Mrs. Moonface" and receives a week's suspension. He is viciously beaten by "the man who is not my father," and his mother doesn't know that her live-in almost-fianc is a hard-drinking, violent crook until he nearly kills John on a night when she is out of town. The story concludes with the teen finding that he is life itself to his mother, and that he is liked by his peers and teachers. School is still "anti-school," not a place of fun and learning, and snotty girls are still snotty. The world may be "muddled and painful," but it is, "in the end, a love song,"-a rewarding and important message for all readers.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Junior High School, Iowa City, IA
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