Fight Back by Brent R. Sherrard

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“There are two ways to handle being picked on. One is to lie down and give up. The other is to get angry and fight back. Not against my dad, because he would’ve killed me. But anyone else who ever messed with me only did it once

Sherrard, Brent. Fight Back. James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2014. 174 pages. Paperback. $9.95, ISBN 1-4594-0858-6

Tyler has had a rough life – really rough. When he was eleven, his mother left with his sister for a drive and never came back. Tyler was left with an angry drunk father who took his anger out on the only person left – Tyler. From here, Tyler was taken in and subsequently kicked out by his grandmother. What now?  Where would Tyler go? Tyler is taken in by the Conley’s who give him something he’s never had before – a safe and loving home. He even starts boxing to help control his anger. Will this be enough? Will he be able to let go of all the anger that has been building up for years? Will he be able to trust this new family? What about his father? Read this awesome book to find out.

 

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Stupid by Kim Firmston

“I’ve been trying not to buy into the label for years. Stupid. But when everyone calls you that, it gets kind of hard to keep denying it. How can I push away the word when every test I write barely crawls above a fifty percent? When red scrawls of pen remind me to make an effort, work harder, listen in class – and that’s all I’ve been doing?

Firmston, Kim. Stupid. James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2014. 208 pages. Paperback. $9.95, ISBN 1-4594-0611-7

Martin has trouble in school – always has. Sometimes he pays his sister to do his homework. He has been trying to find ways to do better for years. The words just seem to float off the page and get jumbled around. No one realizes that he has a learning disability – especially Martin. He starts to believe that everyone is right – that he is stupid. His real passion though, is making movies. Things start to turn around for him when he meets Stick and his parkour crew. Martin starts filming their free running. They want him to use it to enter a video contest. He uses their running to visually show what it’s like to be in his brain. Things take a turn for the worse when his dad takes his camera and his film away. Will Martin be able to piece together the video without the part his dad confiscated? Will Martin have to go away to military school? Will this video help him to get the help he needs? Read this fast paced novel to find out.

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Off the Rim by Sonya Spreen Bates

“Someone’s been sending Jenna these creepy messages on Facebook,” said Amber. “What kind of creepy messages?” I said. “Threats mostly.”

Bates, Sonya Spreen. Off the Rim. Orca Book Publishers., 2015. 157 pages. Paperback. $9.95, ISBN 978-1-4598-0888-1

Dylan makes the starting lineup for his high school basketball team, the Mountainview Hunters. Life should be good, right? Wrong. His girlfriend Jenna is getting some harassing messages on Facebook, e-mail, and her cell phone. Jenna has no idea who or why. It gets worse when she and Dylan are forced off the road by a black truck. Dylan enlists the help of a teammate to find out who it is. Will they find out in time?

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Full Impact by Suzanne Weyn

“Players don’t like to tell the truth. They don’t like to be sidelined. Arnie’s not playing like he used to. His timing’s off. And he’s gotten hit a lot this season. I want you to keep an eye on him. Let me know if he shows any of the signs we talked about. I’ll take it from there

Weyn, Suzanne. Full Impact. Darby Creek., 2013. 102 pages. Paperback. $7.95, ISBN 978-1-4677-0705-3

Arnie and Norval are friends on and off the football field. They both want to play college ball. The only way Arnie will get to college is with a football scholarship. That’s why he plays so hard. That’s why he doesn’t stop playing after hit after hit to his head. He thinks if he can just hang in there until the season is over, he can rest and heal then. The hits are taking their toll on Arnie and it’s beginning to show. Coach Green wants Norval to tell him about any changes he sees in Norval? What will Norval do? Will he spy on his friend and report back? If he does, will it be too late? You won’t want to put this book down until you find out how it ends.

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Recruited by Suzanne Weyn

“Cool, Kadeem thought. I get to show what I can do right at the start. It’s my chance to make a great impression”

Weyn, Suzanne. Recruited. Darby Creek., 2011. 98 pages. Paperback. $7.95, ISBN 978-0-7613-6167-7

Kadeem, star quarterback at Southside High, wants to play football in college and then eventually in the pros. His grades are improving but not as good as they could be and he needs a scholarship. Things get exciting when college recruiters start showing up to watch his games. One in particular from Teller University is inviting him to parties, giving him money, and introducing him to an oh so hot cheerleader. Is all of this legal? Will Kadeem keep enjoying all the perks and accept the offer to Teller or will he do the right thing and help the NCAA officials with their investigation?

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