More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful coping tool when a struggling reader connects with the text. Paperback books look and feel like a trade edition and are complete in just under 200 pages. Mona Lisa is average. Not pretty. Not ugly. Shes very insecure and lacks self confidence. Mona's mom harps on her to start dating. Then Julio begins to show an interest in her. Hes on the track team and a close friend of Ernestos. When Mona returns Julios interest, though, her mom is upset because Julio is not from a good family. Hes poor. His father is practically a bum. They live in a mobile home, and not the plush kind. Not the type of people Mrs. Corsella approves of. And she hatches a plan to get her daughter to date someone more socially acceptable. Mona becomes defiant, running away from home. Her mom is convinced shes been kidnapped by Julio. But Julio turns out to be the hero when Mona calls him to rescue her in Phoenix after she is approached by a smarmy guy and loses all of her cash.
Gravel Road, award-winning realistic teen fiction, highlights the talents of our urban street lit authors. Each book is approximately 200 pages, and is written at a 3.0 reading level. Nasreen and Mia are two very different girls. But they stand out at Arondale High. And kids make assumptions about the only Muslim and the new black girl--the only African American--in school. "Who let you into the suburbs?" Samantha asks. Everyone gawks. Nasreen has kept her head down for years. Eighteen months and shes out, she tells herself. Off to college. Mia is bold. Yeah, she wishes she were somewhere else, but shes not going to take the bullying lying down. She has to live her life. Graduate. Get into a good school. The school administrators are ignorant. And worse. The bullying escalates. Both at school and online. The girls come up with a plan to fight back. To regain some dignity. To turn the tables on the bullies.
More than entertainment, these books can be a powerful coping tool when a struggling reader connects with the text. Paperback books look and feel like a trade edition and are complete in just under 200 pages. Ernesto and Naomi are mentoring two at-risk freshmen who've had it rough. Naomi's father isn't happy that shes hanging around at-risk kids, but Ernesto convinces him that the kids are fine. Meanwhile, Clay is up to his cruel tricks. Mira has taken him back, and his parents have rewarded his bad behavior with a new car. Its too hard to resist temptation; someone has let the air out of the new cars tires. Meanwhile, Mira's ex- and rebound, Kenny, is floored when Mira dumps him and takes Clay back. Kenny gets another kid to call Clay and accuse Mira of cheating. Clay is livid but doesn't lose his temper like hes done in the past. Is volatile Clay turning over a new leaf? Mira begs Ernesto to find out who made the call.
Real Diva: After some unsettling news for Yaris Fernandez, everyone is "up in her business." Her dad forbids her from seeing her boyfriend, Hagen, who is hangin' with the wrong crowd. He even threatens to move the family away. Yaris decides to take charge and fight for what's right. Man Up: Hagen Cruz is making some bad decisions. Hes hangin' with gang members and pressuring his girl, Yaris, to go all-the-way. When she says no, he dumps her and gets a ton of grief from her cheer crew. Hes lost so much, but is to too late to rebuild his relationships? Book 5 in the series
The Lockwood Lions crosstown rivals, the Grovehill Giants, seem to have it all. Or do they? When the cheer squad and the ballers get together, it always gets intense. But there are two sides to every story - whose side are you on? Each novel in the flip is approximately 30,000 words170 pages. The ladies of Savvy Girl - Skylar, Ariel, Vanessa, Victoria, and Yaris - have their ups and downs. But they won't let their drama interfere with the state title. The ballers of Fresh GuyFord, Ryder, Emerson, Stone, and Hagenare tough athletes and grand showboaters. But can they take it to the Dome? Golden Heart: The gorgeous Ariel Holiday always gets what she wantsaccording to her. After crossing the line one-too-many times she has no one to turn to except Ryder when something terrible happens to her family. Deep Soul: Ryder-super fine baller and captain of Grove Hills defense gets a little too friendly with a smokin' hot teacher. After connecting with beautiful Ariel, hes trying to get back on track, but Ryder's mother and Ariel's father have some serious objections to this budding relationship. Book 2 in the series.
The Lockwood Lions crosstown rivals, the Grovehill Giants, seem to have it all. Or do they? When the cheer squad and the ballers get together, it always gets intense. But there are two sides to every storywhose side are you on? Each novel in the flip is approximately 30,000 words170 pages. The ladies of Savvy GirlSkylar, Ariel, Vanessa, Victoria, and Yarishave their ups and downs. But they wont let their drama interfere with the state title. The ballers of Fresh GuyFord, Ryder, Emerson, Stone, and Hagenare tough athletes and grand showboaters. But can they take it to the Dome? Forever Hot: Skylar Cross is the hot new cheerleader at Grove Hill High. Its tough for her starting a new school, in a new state, while resenting some pretty dramatic changes at home. Good thing she has caught the eye of hot baller Ford Frost. Truely Fine: Ford Frost is having a hard time recovering from his parents divorce. Meeting Skylar Cross for the first time is instant chemistry and just what he needs to pick himself up so he can help lead GHH to victory. But will a betrayal by the coach send him off the rails again? Book 1 in the series
Harriet Tubman HS - Denique thought that if she wasn't so messed up in her head, she'd sort of like Trevor. But it would just end badly. So she focused on school. She wanted to graduate and get a job. College was now out of the question. Her family lived in the projects. Denique had to get a job as soon as possible after high school. With her and her mother bringing in money, the family could move to a better, safer place.
Harriet Tubman HS - Jaris and Marko were in a position where they could see through the doorway. The slider was open to let in cool, fresh air. Sereeta was sitting in a chair from the kitchen table. Her hands were bound. An older woman sat in another chair, her hands bound too. The woman looked disheveled. Her face was bruised and swollen. Two little girls huddled in one corner of the room, clutching stuffed animals and whimpering. Their eyes were wide with terror.
Harriet Tubman HS - Jaris was furious. He would never keep a secret from Sereeta. And he was hurt that Trevor thought he was hot for another chick. He hired Amberlynn Parson because he thought she was best for the job. Period. But Jaris kept second-guessing his decision. Trevor stirred up Jaris's self-doubts. Jaris was often unsure of himself anyway. Like Pop, he was always questioning himself. He feared that the girl's looks had influenced him, and that thought bothered him.
Cesar Chavez HS Series--Bullying is spreading like wildfire at Chavez High. Students who should know better harass an older teacher. Freshmen are being picked on by cliquish and popular mean girls. Negative tweets and Facebook posts damage school spirit. Then one night the school library is tagged. Can the damage be undone?
Cesar Chavez HS Series--David Morales spent two years in prison flying under the radar. Now he's determined to be a good citizen. And his luck turns when Carmen Ibarra's father offers him a job. David falls hard for a smart and pretty coworker. But can he ever tell her about his ugly past?
Harriet Tubman HS Series-- With the state of mind Trevor was in, Vanessa could talk him into anything. Would Vanessa get Trevor involved in crime again? It could happen, only this time Trevor might not be so lucky. But back then, Trevor had had enough brains to dump her. Now he was in deeper. The web Vanessa had woven around him was stickier and tighter.
Harriet Tubman HS Series-- On the brink of her freshman year at Tubman High, something clicked in Chelsea's mind. Shadrach rescued animals. And in a way, he saved kids by teaching them respect. Now she and her friends were rescuers by volunteering at the shelter. Jaris was a rescuer too. He was trying to save Sereeta's mom. And, maybe Maurice would have to rescue Athena from getting into trouble.
Harriet Tubman HS Series-- Derrick Shaw is struggling to keep a C average at Tubman High School. He suffers a lot of bullying and abuse because he isn't sharp, but he manages along with the help of great friends. In an alley on his way home from a part-time job, Derrick witnesses a murder. To save his life, he promises not to reveal the identity of the shooter, a former Tubman student. But Derrick feels sick and guilty about his vow of silence.
Maya Archer is at the wrong place at the wrong time when "pop, pop, pop" sounds ring out in front of a popular teen hangout. Is DeWayne Pike the true target? Does he duck before the shots ring out as Jacklyn claims? If true, DeWayne is putting them all at risk, but especially Sereeta, and Jaris Spain is determined to discover the truth.
Harriet Tubman HS Series-- Kevin Walker will be a loner at Tubman High- he doesn't want anyone asking too many questions about his move from Texas. His terrible secret could destroy any chance of remaining anonymous. Running like the wind helps him forget his troubles, but his star turn on the track team brings a lot of attention.
To Wesley Chan, Zoe is beautiful in spite of her messy hair, ragtag clothes and smart mouth. His parents disapprove of their relationship.
Something downright creepy is happening on campus. When Jake's girlfriend, along with several other students mysteriously disappears, he does some research.
Normalcy gets turned on its head when the bus Jamal usually take takes to school enters a wrinkle in time and space. His father explains, "destiny has many paths." But what does that message mean- especially coming from a man who's been dead for 8 years?
As if being deaf weren't challenge enough, Lupe encounters rampant sexism while working on assignment with the police department. She's almost ready to throw in the towel! Then the cops need her talents as a lip-reader. She earns their respect by cracking a difficult case.
Looking for adventure, Sunni and Bree take summer jobs on a salmon-processing barge in Alaska. When they dig into the history of the old ship, they're shocked to hear an actual voice from their past!
Cindy lives in a fancy gated community. Philip lives in a tacky trailer park. Which of them comes from a loving home?
Is Alex losing her mind? What else could explain the mysterious young man that no one else can see?
Karen yearns to move back to her old apartment building- until she discovers that people are much more important than places.
Homeless street kids find refuge in the most unusual place. It's great to have food and a bed- but is it worth their freedom?