Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school. Just 16 percent of female students, black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest.
Life gets tough. People get mean. How do we push through? What does God's plan mean for our lives? What does it mean to be God's girl in middle school? Well, that's what Just Us Girls is all about.
Today’s middle school girls have it rough. In those few short years, girls go through an incredible number of biological and emotional changes, making it the most formative - and risky - time in their lives. Groups form and turn on each other, childhood friends can reveal trusted secrets just by sending a text message or updating a Facebook status, and deciding where to sit in the cafeteria can be a daily struggle. As any tween will tell you, life for a middle school girl can be summed up in one word: drama.
Alice cheats, and Professor Jones finds out. Now, she has a simple choice. She either gets expelled and moves back home after only six months at college or…she does anything the professor wants. Professor Jones wants Alice to dress in a skimpy, sexy outfit and show up at his house, and that has this barely legal school girl worried. She's a virgin and she wants to stay a virgin. Faced with expulsion, though, she shows up.
Starting group counseling may seem like an insurmountable task, but Dr. Nick Minardi makes it easy to be successful.
Isabel has always been the most well-behaved girl at Crabtree School, and she's definitely done the most to help the school with the recycling Green Planet Award. But when another girl is given the prize, Isabel suddenly isn't sure that being good is the best thing any more. Maybe she should be a little bit naughty for once! And being naughty is fun - until she does something really bad.
A professor shows a colleague a painting that he has kept secret for decades. The professor swears it is a Vermeer - but why has he hidden this important work for so long? The reasons unfold in a series of stories that trace ownership of the painting back to World War II and Amsterdam, and still further back to the moment of the work's inspiration.
Amanda is in her room fuming, feeling like she doesn't have a life of her own. Up in the attic, an alien monster and its slimy tentacles are ready to make a move on her. The monster has watched her grow up, and now as she sits on her bed lonely and ovulating, it slithers in, preparing to brutally inseminate her.
"Doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense"
Elizabeth Allen is spoilt and selfish. When's she's sent away to boarding school she makes up her mind to be the naughtiest pupil there's ever been! But Elizabeth soon finds out that being bad isn't as simple as it seems.
When feisty Edie is sent to a remote school to spy on fragile Anastasia, she never imagines that they'll become best friends instead - and discover an ominous plot that puts both their lives in danger!
Alvin Ho is an Asian-American second grader who is afraid of everything; elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He's so afraid of school that, while he's there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he's a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad.
"DELIGHTFUL LISTENING FOR KIDS GRADES K-5"
Check it out: not just a book about sex, but a look at girl culture by teenagers. No stuffy school textbook. No nosy adults. Just a diverse group of teen girls from a community youth project who had questions about sexuality. To find answers, they collected stories, poetry, and artwork from other youths. They also interviewed frontline health experts to get solid facts about the personalities and pressures that young women have to deal with. It's a great mix of real-life examples and life-saving info.
Fanboy has never had it good, but lately his sophomore year is turning out to be its own special hell. The bullies have made him their favorite target, and his best (and only) friend seems headed for the dark side (sports and popularity). But then fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous, cynical friend who shares his love of comics as well as his hatred for jocks and bullies.
"Got it for my daughter, like it myself"
Life was tragic enough before this spring started. With a distinct lack of boobage and an arse so big that birds of prey could nest within its shadows, Jess Jordan is saddled with the Goddess Flora for a best friend, a Britney Spears look-alike so gorgeous that one grain of her divine dandruff could make the blind see again.
"bust a gut"
Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble, until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.
Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating, or at least that's what she tells herself. Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.
"Prose that grabs you"
Paige is excited about spending some time with her friend Olivia. Ever since she was in junior high, Olivia has looked out for her, really helping her to come into her own. Now that Paige is eighteen and a recent college graduate, she especially appreciates that Olivia is there to help her get ready for adulthood. When a trip to the mall ends up in a lingerie store, she's shocked and more than a little embarrassed when Olivia picks out a naughty schoolgirl outfit for her.
In this, the second installment of best-selling author Amber Grayson Vayle's The Sinner in Me series, the sweet, innocent Chastity is lured into her first sexual encounter with a man.
Angela Brazil wrote school stories for girls throughout the first half of the 20th century. She was the first author to relate this experience from the girls' perspective, offering a more sympathetic and intimate view of school life. Funny, touching, and wonderfully "jollyhockey sticks", The Nicest Girl in the School remains one of the most popular of her stories. It features Patty Hirst and her cousin Muriel, and tells of their turbulent times together at Morton Priory.
"Recording a little jumbled--one scene out of order"
[Contains explicit content] Laura went to Catholic school when she was young and it was a war zone, performed live at Go Bananas on January 30, 2015.
"Chibok Schoolgirl Kidnapped by Boko Haram Is Found in Northeast Nigeria" is from the May 18, 2016 World section of The Wall Street Journal. It was written by Drew Hinshaw and Gbenga Akingbule and narrated by Alexander Quincy.