The Running Dream
Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run?
As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her.
With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself she wants to take Rosa with her.
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The first time she saw him, she
flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was
the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh.
She says: "My Bryce. Still walking around with my first
kiss." He says: "It's been six years of strategic avoidance
and social discomfort." But in the eighth grade everything
gets turned upside down. And just as he's thinking there's
more to her than meets the eye, she's thinking that
he's not quite all he seemed.
This is a classic romantic comedy of errors told in
alternating chapters by two fresh, funny new voices.
Wendelin Van Draanen is at her best here with a knockout
cast of quirky characters and a hilarious series of
misunderstandings and missed opportunities. But underlying
the humor are two teens in transition. They are each
learning to look beyond the surface of people, both
figuring out who they are, who they want to be, and
who they want to be with.
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"Van Draanen has another winner in this eighth-grade 'he-said, she-said' romance."
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"We flipped over this fantastic book."
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Confessions of a Serial Kisser
Evangeline Logan wants a kiss. A spectacular, heart-stopping, life changing kiss. Somehow The Crimson Kiss (a romance novel she’s become obsessed with) and Four Steps to Living Your Fantasy (a self-help book she’s reading) have fused in Evangeline’s mind and sent her on a quest for a kiss. But the path to perfection is paved with many bad kisses—the smash mouth, the ear licker, the “misser.” The phrase “I don’t kiss and tell” means nothing to the boys in her school. And worse: someone starts writing her name and number on bathroom walls. And worst of all: the boy she's just kissed turns out to be her best friend’s new crush. Kissing turns out to be way more complicated than the romance novels would have you believe.
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"It's a cold, hard, cruel fact
that my mother loved heroin more than she loved me."
Holly is in her fifth foster home in two
years and she's had enough. She's run away before and
always been caught quickly. But she's older and wiser
now--she's twelve--and this time she gets away clean.
Through tough and tender and angry and
funny journal entries, Holly spills out her story. We
travel with her across the country--hopping trains,
scamming food, sleeping in parks or homeless encampments.
And we also travel with her across the gaping holes
in her heart--as she finally comes to terms with her
mother's addiction and death.
Runaway is a remarkably
uplifting portrait of a girl still young and stubborn
and naive enough to hold out hope for finding a better
place in the world, and within herself, to be.
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Swear to Howdy
Joey Banks is a walking adventure.
He's funny, daring, mischievous-and frequently in trouble.
Or he would be if anyone found out about half the stuff
he's done. But Rusty Cooper knows how to keep a secret.
And Joey's the best friend he's ever had. But then comes
a secret that is at once too terrible to tell and too
terrible to keep. A secret so big it threatens to eat
them alive. What would a true friend do now?
Wendelin Van Draanen has written her most compelling,
richly layered book yet. It's a thought-provoking look
at the boundaries of friendship and what it really means
to be true.
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