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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.
Ten stunning short stories explore the dark and light sides of teenage lifeBy turns suspenseful and absorbing, wrenching and poignant, these ten short stories illuminate love, loss, and betrayal: A young man must come to terms with his alcoholic father; a teen girl faces an unexpected pregnancy; and a brother must confront his evil twin. An exploration of sexuality threatens disaster, while a love triangle leaves its biting mark. With these masterful tales, Lynch leaves the reader thinking about his characters long after his stories end.
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 He-Man Women Haters Club is about to discover something more terrifying than girls: camping!In this follow-up to Johnny Chesthair, thirteen-year-old Steven has been ousted as the leader of the club he formed for boys only. As the members reorganize under new leader Jerome, Steven's father and uncle decide to take the boys into a real man's world--a place where men can be men: the deep woods! Now, Steven, Ling-Ling, Wolfgang, and Jerome must deal with eating bugs, a paintball war, and a wild storm. To make it through the weekend, the He-Men will need to man up!
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.
How can Mick break free from a family that won't let him go?In the second book in the Blue-Eyed Son trilogy, Mick's brutal brother, Terry, prepares for his annual May Day party. But this is no ordinary party--it's two full days of disgusting pranks and drunken violence. Terry throws the bash to prove that if you aren't in his circle, then you're in his sights. Mick's parents would rather not know what goes on, so they clear out and leave their sons home alone. Mick doesn't want to be there when the mayhem erupts--but distancing himself from his home and his family will be no easy feat. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
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.
From National Book Award nominee Chris Lynch, the second action-and-humor-filled futuristic series about talking pets who are tired of being pets ... and the boy who must help them. Zane has made an enemy for life in the evil scientist Dr. Gristle. Not only is Gristle angry about the damage Zane has done to his reputation, he's also extraordinarily jealous of Zane's ability to use technology to talk to animals. The result? He's now working on a new device to control animals' movements and speech - and Zane's dog, Hugo, is one of the first targets.
From National Book Award nominee Chris Lynch, the third action-and-humor-filled futuristic series about talking pets who are tired of being pets ... and the boy who must help them. Zane and his animal comrades have foiled Dr. Gristle's terrible plots twice--he can't talk to animals, and he can't get at the heart of what makes them wild. Zane can talk to them. He can understand them. He almost is one. Almost. Zane keeps getting in Dr. Gristle's way though - and he's being sent as far out of the way as Gristle can get him. In fact, he's being sent right into the middle of a new plot of the bad doctor's--and in his new, utterly foreign surroundings, he's entirely too human.
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.
After taking refuge in the Sullivan home, Mick crosses over into the dangerous world of dogfighting Something is tearing away at Mick. Despite finding some stability in the comfort of the Sullivan family, and his friendships with Toy, Sully, and Evelyn, he can't seem to escape his roots. Remembering too clearly the bigotry of his old neighborhood and alcoholic older brother, Terry, Mick decides to seek revenge. And what better way to make Terry pay than in a winner-takes-all game of Terry's favorite illegal sport: dogfighting. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
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.
Is being popular really as fun as it seems?After surviving high school orientation camp, Elvin and his two best friends embark on their freshman year at an all-boys school. High school serves up all sorts of hardships: the dreaded rumor mill, dances with the local sister school, and jockeying to be seen with the "right" type of people. But for overweight Elvin, figuring out who the "right" people are is almost as confusing as his relationship with food. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
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.
Baseball-loving seventh grader Richard has hopes of turning himself and the new kid, Napoleon, into the best baseball players Boston has seen since the Gold Dust Twins"As long as you have baseball on your side you can overcome anything." Seventh grader Richard Moncreif is convinced baseball will ease newcomer Napoleon Charlie Ellis's transition to life in Boston. Napoleon is unlike anyone he's ever met: poised, well educated, and a cricket player from the Caribbean. Napoleon is one of the few black students at Richard's school, where racism is pervasive. But Richard believes that he and Napoleon can get through any hardship and become the next Gold Dust Twins, just like the famous pair of Red Sox rookies from 1975. After all, Napoleon is a natural athlete, and Richard knows everything anyone could possibly know about baseball. He just needs Napoleon to play along. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Chris Lynch including rare images from the author's personal collection.
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".
The move to a lovely seaside cottage unravels the McLuckie family's tight spool of emotions The McLuckie family has not been so lucky. After losing two wives, Mr. McLuckie has been left with one child from each love: ten-year-old Walter and fourteen-year-old Sylvia. He decides to move the family to a new home, a ramshackle seaside cottage called the Gravedigger's Cottage, where they can start anew. But soon Mr. McLuckie starts acting strangely, taking a leave of absence from work and becoming obsessed with fixing leaks, stockpiling canned foods, and chasing a mysterious rat. Then, Sylvia and Walter hear the rumor of the Gravedigger's Cottage: the house "chooses" its occupants. How will the McLuckies get the fresh start they so desperately need?
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.
The accused date rapist from the "finely crafted and thought-provoking" (School Library Journal) National Book Award Finalist, Inexcusable, must confront the kind of person he really is and come to terms with his past actions, in this stunning sequel from Printz Honor-winning author Chris Lynch.Keir Sarafian insists he did nothing wrong. But no one will believe that he's the good guy he knows he is--no one except his father, Ray. And Ray is just the person Keir has to leave in order to have the fresh start he deserves. Now at Carnegie College, Keir's life isn't what he thought it would be. Two soccer players are poised to take his spot as kicker. Ray keeps calling, and Joyce, his guiding light on campus, seems to be avoiding him. When tragedy strikes, will Keir finally be able to confront his past actions and realize his potential?
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