J Reality AVI
EVERYBODY at South Orange River High is required to play on at least one sports team each year. Ed and his friends have managed to escape under the radar their first year, but now the gig is up, and a special soccer team has been formed for them. What happens when the entire school gets rallied behind a team of normal kids who not only couldn't care less about winning the game, but who aren't entirely sure how to play it? If it's Avi telling the story, a whole lot of hilarity, that's what! As a non-athlete, this was one of my teenage-self's favorites.
J Reality ALEX
Vesper Holly is like a young, female Indiana Jones. Great series for the teen who likes strong-willed heroines, and who isn't scared off by words outside the everyday vocabulary.
J Reality BUDH
J Reality BUDH
Here's the publisher's description:
"You forget. You forget you don't really exist here, that this isn't your home." Since emigrating from Bangladesh, fourteen-year-old Nadira and her family have been living in New York City on expired visas, hoping to realize their dream of becoming legal U.S. citizens. But after 9/11, everything changes. Suddenly being Muslim means you are dangerous -- a suspected terrorist. When Nadira's father is arrested and detained at the U.S.-Canadian border, Nadira and her older sister, Aisha, are told to carry on as if everything is the same. The teachers at Flushing High don't ask any questions, but Aisha falls apart. Nothing matters to her anymore -- not even college. It's up to Nadira to be the strong one and bring her family back together again.
J Reality BUYE
Almost inspiring enough to make me want to return to the classroom...but not quite.