Sorta Like a Rock Star

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers #ad - Sorta Like a Rock Star #ad - Still, amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. True? True. The world is amber's stage, and Amber is, well. She's sorta like a rock star. Amber appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, her mom, Amber, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy aka Thrice B have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow the school bus her mom drives.

. But when a fatal tragedy threatens amber's optimism--and her way of life, this novel unveils a beautifully beaten-up world of laughs, and a heartwarming, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope? With an oddball cast of characters, loyalty, inspiring story, and hard-earned hope.

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Every Exquisite Thing

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers #ad - But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper--a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic--the rebel within Nanette awakens. As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price.

Every Exquisite Thing #ad - A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, Every Exquisite Thing is Matthew Quick at his finest. Nanette o'hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember.

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Boy21 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers #ad - At home, he takes care of his disabled grandfather, and at school he's called "White Rabbit", the only white kid on the varsity basketball team. A former teen basketball phenom from a pirvileged home, his life has been turned upside down by tragedy. But until then, when he puts on his number 21, everything seems to make sense.

Boy21 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults #ad - Russ has just moved to the neighborhood. He lives in gray, a town ruled by the Irish Mob, drugs, violence, broken Bellmont, and racially charged rivalries. Cut off from everyone he knows, he now answers only to the name Boy21--his former jersey number--and has an unusual obsession with outer space. As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, "Boy21" may turn out to be the answer they both need.

You can lose yourself in repetition-quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age. Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He's always dreamed of getting out somehow with his girlfriend, Erin.

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The Reason You're Alive: A Novel

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Harper #ad - The new york times bestselling author of the silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war. After sixty-eight-year-old david granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure.

He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. Hanging in the balance are granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Sue, Ella; and his best friend, a Vietnamese American who respects David’s fearless sincerity.

The Reason You're Alive: A Novel #ad - Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise. As david confronts his past to salvage his present, and blue heart, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand.

The reason you’re alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. By turns irascible and hilarious, wounded, David is a complex, honorable, insightful and inconvenient, and loving man.

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers #ad - To let them know i really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was--that I couldn't stick around--and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault. Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. But not today. The new york times bestselling author of the silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick, brings an unflinchingly eye to the impossible choices we deal with every day--and the light in us all that never goes out.

I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. In addition to the p-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. Maybe one day he'll believe that being different is okay, important even.

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The Crossing

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Scholastic Paperbacks #ad - But if he is to achieve his dream, then he must be willing to risk everything--even his life. Manny can't tell for certain. A critically acclaimed tearjerker from a master storyteller: On one side of the border is brutality and heartache; on the other side--a new life. 14yo manny is an orphan in Juarez, Mexico.

He competes with his bigger, meaner rivals for the coins American tourists throw off the bridge between Texas and his town. Across that heavily guarded bridge await a different world and a better existence. On the night when manny dares the crossing--through the muddy shallows of the Rio Grande, past the searchlights and the border patrol--the young man encounters an old stranger who could prove to be an ally or an enemy.

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The Good Luck of Right Now: A Novel

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Harper #ad - His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. Jung and the dalai lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer.

. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. And discover so much more. From matthew quick, friendship, a funny and tender story about family, the new york Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, acceptance, comes The Good Luck of Right Now, grief, and Richard Gere—an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

The Good Luck of Right Now: A Novel #ad - For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. In a rented ford focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own. A struggling priest, a “girlbrarian, foul-mouthed brother, ” her feline-loving, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew.

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Love May Fail: A Novel

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Harper #ad - Lost and alone, looking to find the goodness in the world she believes still exists, Portia sets off to save herself by saving someone else—a beloved high school English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident. Will a sassy nun, a metal-head little boy, an ex-heroin addict, and her hoarder mother help or hurt her chances on this madcap quest to restore a good man’s reputation and find renewed hope in the human race? Love May Fail is a story of the great highs and lows of existence: the heartache and daring choices it takes to become the person you know deep down you are meant to be.

Love May Fail: A Novel #ad - An aspiring feminist and underappreciated housewife embarks on an odyssey to find human decency and goodness—and her high school English teacher—in New York Times bestselling author Matthew Quick’s offbeat masterpiece, fate, a quirky ode to love, and hair metal. Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth.

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SHOUT

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Viking Books for Young Readers #ad - A denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, or only in their own hearts, SHOUT speaks truth to power in a loud, online, clear voice-- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore. Now, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, as timely as it is timeless.

SHOUT #ad - In free verse, anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. A new york times bestseller and one of 2019's best-reviewed books, and advocates for, a poetic memoir and call to action from the award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, survivors of sexual assault.

Described as "powerful, " "captivating, " and "essential" in the nine starred reviews it's received, this must-read memoir is being hailed as one of 2019's best books for teens and adults.

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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) #ad - Joey ends up bouncing around a lot - and eventually he bounces himself all the way downown, into the district special-ed program, which could be the end of the line. As joey knows, if he keeps making bad choices, he could just fall between the cracks for good. Sometimes Joey makes bad choices. This title has Common Core connections.

Joey pigza swallowed the key is a 1998 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. They say i'm wired bad, or wired sad, but there's no doubt about it -- I'm wired. Joey pigza's got heart, he's got a mom who loves him, and he's got "dud meds, " which is what he calls the Ritalin pills that are supposed to even out his wild mood swings.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key #ad - He learns the hard way that he shouldn't stick his finger in the pencil sharpener, or swallow his house key, or run with scissors. But he is determined not to let that happen. In this antic yet poignant new novel, jack gantos has perfect pitch in capturing the humor, the off-the-wall intensity, and the serious challenges that life presents to a kid dealing with hyper-activity and related disorders.

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The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

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Sarah Crichton Books #ad - An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G. When pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

When pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, agree to perform in this year's Dance Away Depression competition, if only he will give up watching football, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, and promise not to tell anyone about their "contract. All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining.

In this brilliantly written debut novel, Matthew Quick takes us inside Pat's mind, deftly showing us the world from his distorted yet endearing perspective. During the years he spends in a neural health facility, pat peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, Nikki.

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel #ad - The result is a touching and funny story that helps us look at both depression and love in a wonderfully refreshing way. A new york times bestseller, the silver Linings Playbook was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It tells the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal.

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