From a debut author comes a story of finding oneself in a place all too familiar. After Dulcie Morrigan Jones?s dad dies, her mom decides they need to find a new life in California. But Dulcie doesn?t understand what?s wrong with her old life back in Newbury, Connecticut. So she heads across country and back home in her father?s red 1968 Chevy pickup truck. When she arrives, she meets Roxanne, a girl whose home life makes Dulcie see that her own situation may not be all that bad after all. And as the summer comes to an end, Dulcie realizes that maybe it?s necessary to leave a place in order to come back and find out who you really are. .
Sixteen-year-old Dulci comes from a family of janitors in the town of Newbury, Connecticut. Her world crumbles with the sudden death of her father. She goes to California with her mother and does not like it there. She then steals her father's pick-up truck and returns home. She lives with her grandfather and slowly begins the process of healing.
From Walter Dean Myers to Mo Willems to Terry Trueman, some of today's most exciting writers offer teen readers a great selection of honest and real stories about everyday guys who get pummeled by some life lessons and still manage to come out on top.
For fans of Gary Schmidt and Joan Bauer, a laugh-out-loud intergenerational road trip story from acclaimed author Paul Acampora! Since the death of his grandfather, Leo's number one chore has been to chase after his grandmother who seems to wander away from home every few days. Now, Gram's decided to roam farther than ever. And despite his misgivings, Leo's going along for the ride. With his seventeen-year-old cousin, Abbey, and an old, gassy dog named Kermit, Leo joins Gram in a big, old Buick to leave their Pennsylvania home for a cross-country road trip filled with foldout maps, family secrets, new friends, and dinosaur bones. How to Avoid Extinction is a middle-grade comedy about death and food and family and fossils. It's about running away from home and coming back again. For Leo, it's about asking hard questions and hopefully finding some sensible answers. As if good sense has anything to do with it. Against a backdrop of America's stunning size and beauty, it's also about growing up, getting old, dreaming about immortality, and figuring out all the things we can -- and can't -- leave behind.
When Lucy, Elena, and Michael receive their summer reading list, they are excited to seeTo Kill A Mockingbird included. But not everyone in their class shares the same enthusiasm. So they hatch a plot to get the entire town talking about the well-known Harper Lee classic. They plan controversial ways to get people to read the book, including re-shelving copies of the book in bookstores so that people think they are missing and starting a website committed to "destroying the mockingbird. " Their efforts are successful when all of the hullabaloo starts to direct more people to the book. But soon, their exploits start to spin out of control and they unwittingly start a mini revolution in the name of books.
[From the front dust Jacket flap] "As the new kid in the small town of Falls, Connecticut, Zachary Beatrice could use a friend. Thanks to Rachel Spinelli, he's about to get a whole lot more. Rachel's got a good heart, but she can be ferocious if you taunt her brother, and she's not afraid to throw a punch when necessary. For Zachary, life back in Copper Lake, Colorado, was certainly never this exciting! Now, instead of an isolated existence on the edge of town, he's in the midst of all the action, chatting with regulars at the local diner, playing the trumpet as though his life depended on it, and warding off the punches that inevitably come his way. Best of all, he's figuring out that when life punches you in the face, you just get back on up. From the author of Defining Dulcie, comes a novel about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting." If you enjoyed this funny, story of real kids working at fitting in to their everchanging world, read Defining Dulcie by this author which is in the Bookshare collection.
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