Perfect for fans of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and Small Admissions, a wry and cleverly observed debut novel about the privileged bubble that is Liston Heights High—the micro-managing parents, the overworked teachers, and the students caught in the middle—and the fallout for each of them when the bubble finally bursts. Isobel Johnson knows helicopter parents like Julia Abbott—a stage mom whose world revolves around interfering in her children's lives—come with the territory. Julia resents teachers like Isobel, who effortlessly bond with students, including Julia's own teenagers, who have started pulling further away from her. Isobel has spent her teaching career in Liston Heights side-stepping the community's high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a "blatant liberal agenda," she realizes she's squarely in the fray. Rather than cowering, Isobel doubles down on her...
Zack is back—and taking on the school play! Bah humbug! Zack Delacruz wants to win the role of Scrooge in Davy Crockett Middle School's production of A Christmas Carol—and Abhi's admiration, too. But he's not the only one trying out for the play. So are José (El Pollo Loco), Marquis, and Janie, who dreams of being all three ghosts. What role will Zack end up playing on stage . . . and in his life? Bowling balls, gurgling stomachs, complete chaos, and quick detective work turn this year's drama into a spectacular scene that will have actors rising to new heights—literally—and leave readers rolling in the aisles.
Could you defeat the world's hardest immersive game?
Alexandria Duke must learn how to or risk losing everything.
When Alex joins Gamemakers Online, she finds there are no newbie areas, no tutorials, and nothing but vicious critters hunting her down. This seems like an impossible task but Alex is a veteran platinum achievement hunter who has solved previously unwinnable scenarios. She won't give up now.
As she delves deeper into the game, she discovers it hides sinister secrets. If she can't survive the first year in Gamemakers Online then she'll lose more than her own life.
Abbas, a Syrian refugee and a striker on a junior high soccer team of refugee and immigrant players is excited when his team is sponsored to play in a big tournament where he can reconnect with a friend from Syria. When a traffic accident triggers Abbas to experience anxiety and flashbacks to the violence in Syria before the big tournament, he finds ways to persevere and also helps his whole team deal with the pressure of the competition.
In the second edition of this renowned book, you will find pearls of wisdom, heartfelt advice, and inspiration from one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness. With wit and understanding, Todd Whitaker describes the beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions of great teachers and explains what they do differently. New features include: Meaning what you say; Focusing on students first; and, Putting yourself in their position.