8.30.2006

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My Almost Epic Summer by Adele Griffin
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From the book jacket...
"Irene's got big dreams -- someday she'll own an exclusive salon in L.A. where her specialty will be recreating the hairstyles of famous literary heroines. And it's a good thing she has dreams, since reality is harsh. She's just been fired from her mom's beauty salon for her tear-jerking shampooing technique and is forced to take the only other job she can find -- babysitting. Now she's stuck at the beach entertaining kids while everyone else is having a glamorous summer. Will she ever get a life?
Then she meets Starla, a mind-boggling beautiful lifeguard, whose diva attitude, dangerous obsessions, male admirers and fiery blog hold enough real-life drama and romance to fill a book.
Amidst the complicated friendship, inconvenient crushes and occupational mishaps that seem to define this summer, Irene suddenly and unexpectedly finds that the countdown to real life is over and her fate is in her hands."


Defining Dulcie by Paul Acampora
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From the book jacket...
"After Dulcie's dad dies, her mom decides that the two of them should reinvent themselves in California. But Dulcie doesn't think she needs reinventing. Her solution? Steal her dad's '68 Chevy and head back home to Connecticut. There she meets Roxanne, a girl whose scary home life makes Dulcie realize that her own situation might not be all that bad. Luckily for Roxanne, Dulcie Morrigan Jones is a girl with a storehouse of strength and generosity of spirit that stretches on for miles."

The Courage to Be Yourself by varios teens
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From the back of the book...

"Dwan listens to rock music, uses big words, and can't dance very well. So her friends -- even her own family -- accuse her of not being black enough.
Rana, an Arab American, became a target of hate after the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Nadishia is harassed because she doesn't wear the latest designer clothes, Jennifer because she's overweight.
Yen gets teased for being Chinese, Jeremiah for being gay, Jamel because he won't smoke marijuana.
In 26 first-person stories, real teens write about their lives and how hard it is to be themselves -- especially when they're bullies, pick on, pressured, excluded, and disrespected. They ask tough questions, like "Why does everyone have such a problem with me?" and "Should I change myself to fit in?" Maybe you've asked yourself these questions.
Reading this book is like talking with teens who've been where you are, gone through what you're going through, and know what it's all about. These stories don't have easy answers. They don't all have happy endings. There are no magic solutions to the problems these writers face -- or the problems you may face. But the message is clear: You can't control how other see you, but you can control how you see you. Conflict can make you stronger. And you can survive almost anything when you have the courage to be yourself."

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