Computer whiz Teddy and his family are sent reeling after his little sister Tina is killed in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting. Teddy wants revenge and begins planning how to get it: luckily the police interrupt his scheme before he can act. Now he's been placed into the capable hands of Mariana Diaz, the tough probation officer who just might save him from himself.
"Great reading, but needs better chapter breakdown"
Andre Anderson is a black teenager with a dream. He loves to play basketball and laugh with his friends and loves to write and wants to make his mark on the world. One summer when he is assigned to do a magazine article about race, he creates a passionate and explosive piece. Soon, he is the target of racists who brutally attack him, putting him in the hospital. With his hand and dream broken, he must figure out how to put his life back together in spite of the anger and injustice he now sees around him.
Here Sitomer shares modern methods for keeping students engaged in the “boring” classroom. It’s understandable how school comes second to adolescents dealing with weighty issues in everyday life. That is why it’s necessary to teach teens how to get involved in their education and take responsibility for it.
"Great book for teachers and administrators alike."
California Teacher of the Year Alan Lawrence Sitomer is the author of hard-hitting best-sellers like Homeboyz. Sonia Rodriguez, the teenage daughter of illegal Mexican immigrants, feels stuck in the middle of two worlds. Sonia plans to be the first in her family to graduate high school and go to college. But when she puts her schoolwork before her familia, Sonia's mother sends her to relatives in Mexico to learn "the ways of the old world."
"Students love this narrators portrayal!"
Since their highly-contested battle over the middle school talent show, the Nerd Girls and the ThreePees have been engaged in an all-out prank war. So naturally, their principal decides that they must compete in the Academic Septathlon - as a team. Can they come together and win, or will their squabbles ruin everything?
Award-winning educator and author Alan Lawrence Sitomer’s engaging young adult novels have been named among the ALA’s Best Books of the Year. This first tale in his planned Nerd Girls series follows 13-year-old self-proclaimed “dorkasaurus” Maureen and her fellow social outcasts Alice and Barbara. When Maureen discovers that the Pretty, Popular, Perfect girls are planning a mean trick on Alice, she decides it’s finally time to take a stand. Signing up to compete against the ThreePees in a talent show, Maureen plans her revenge.
"The Dorkasoruses Strike Back!"