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The Road to Delano
John DeSimone
A high school senior, Jack Duncan dreams of playing college baseball and leaving the political turmoil of the agricultural town Delano behind. Ever since his father, a grape grower, died ten years earlier, he’s suspected that his mother has been hiding the truth from him about the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. With his family’s property on the verge of a tax sale, Jack drives an old combine into town to sell it. On the road, an old friend of his father shows up with evidence that Jack’s father was murdered. Armed with this new information, Jack embarks on a mission to discover the entire truth, not just about his father but the corruption endemic in the Central Valley. When Jack’s girlfriend warns him not to do anything to jeopardize their post graduation plans and refuses to help him, Jack turns to his best friend, Adrian, the son of a boycotting fieldworker who works closely with Cesar Chavez. The boys’ dangerous plan to rescue the Duncan family farm leaves Adrian in a catastrophic situation, and Jack must step up to the plate and rescue his family and his friend before he can make his escape from Delano. The Road to Delano is the path Jack and Adrian must take to find their strength, their duty, their destiny.
The Road to Delano
The Unbranded Student
Benjamin Roberts
Bad college advice is everywhere. Here's some good advice: You are more than a brand. Yes, even while the world says otherwise. Today's social media environment has turned teens into brand managers, responsible for constructing an image for the world to see, like, and share. Selecting a school has never felt more daunting; choosing the right brand, never more important. But you are more than the letters on a sweatshirt or colors in a crest. You are an individual. Your gifts, interests, learning styles, and ambitions deserve careful consideration. That's what we're here for - to partner with you to find a college that will support the vision you have for your life. IMPROVE HAPPINESS & LOWER DEBT - Choosing a school that's a poor fit can lead to massive loans, low graduation rates, and decreased levels of happiness. NARROW YOUR RESULTS - Our book teaches you how to analyze your strengths, understand your personality, and clarify your passions. THE RIGHT TOOLS - We guide you through the various types of majors and tracks available to you as a college student. WithThe Unbranded Student, the college search process doesn't have to be daunting. EDUCATED GUIDANCE FOR YOUR COLLEGE SELECTION - We evaluate a number of different schools selected based on your holistic results. In other words, we want to help you reclaim your college search. Our book and course will empower you to: 1. Articulate what is special about you 2. Understand what college can - and can't - do for you 3. Formulate a thoughtful and actionable college selection process Our goal is to help you create a college search strategy that makes sense for who you are, not whom you think a college wants you to be. Ready to reclaim your college search?
The Unbranded Student
The Slug Queen Chronicles
S.O. Thomas
She never believed in fairies... until one set its sights on her little brother. Now, she must risk everything to get him back. On her twelfth birthday, Cricket Kane uncovers a chilling secret--tooth fairies have stopped collecting single teeth and have resorted to kidnapping children instead. When her brother is taken, the fairy leaves a changeling and a toxic black dust in his place. The dust soon infects the rest of her family, but to her surprise, she's immune! With the guidance of a mysterious cat, Cricket follows the fairy to a magical land where legendary creatures are real. When Santa himself takes her under his wing, Cricket learns she's the only one who can harness the power of the dust to rescue her brother and the other missing children. But doing so might cost her life. Can she summon the courage and strength to save her family and herself?
The Slug Queen Chronicles
The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully
T.T. Floyd
No one is immune to the wrath of bullies and no bully is immune to the wrath of the brigade. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. Most are obvious while others require closer inspection. As such, bullies can be found anywhere; even in the most unlikely places. Take Principal Turnbull for example. After their last mission of saving Cokey Michaels, The Bully Brigade is confronted by a new threat. When the school gets a new principal, everything seems to be business as usual until the school undergoes radical changes. However, it’s not only the students who are suffering but the staff too. Fueled by jealousy and hate, Turnbull intentionally instigates chaos that turns the entire staff on its head and brings misery to the students of Misfit Elementary. Only the Bully Brigade can free the school from Turnbull's wicked clutches. But how can they stop a foe who controls the entire school? Now it’s up to the Bully Brigade to dethrone this Headmaster Bully! The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully shows us that school bullies are more than just stereotypical angry kids on the playground but instead that it can be anyone at any level of the school. This book depicts the realities of workplace bullying and the need to stand up to bullying no matter how powerful the bully is. Join the gang as they band together to stop Turnbull's reign!
The Bully Brigade: Headmaster Bully
The Visitor from 4-D
Deborah Dolan Hunt
The Keating kids are shocked and intrigued when a tiny visitor suddenly appears during a lightning storm. Once they realize the visitor is friendly and needs their help to return to his dimension they do everything in their power to help him. As time is running out they enlist the help of others, but someone is working against them and not with them. Will they be able to help their traveler return to his own dimension or will he be stuck in this dimension forever?
The Visitor from 4-D
Spooky Magic (Evie Everyday Witch Book 2)
Elena Paige
Being the only witch at my school is the best thing ever! So when the new girl turns out to be a witch too, someone awful and horrid from my old life, you know there's going to be trouble. My name is Evie Everyday, and I go to Wyndemere Elementary, a strictly no-witch zone. It's hard enough keeping my witchiness a secret without Veronica showing up to ruin my wonderful new life. Worst of all, she’s better than me at everything too. That is, until the spooky Halloween Competition. I finally have the chance to prove, once and for all, that I’m better than Veronica. Winning should be easy. All I have to do is: Stop myself from turning green with envy. Come up with the spookiest magic ever. Not listen to my friends. And beat Veronica. But when everything starts to go wrong, the only way to win the competition is to make it spookier than ever. And only one person can help me... the one and only Jack-o-lantern. Evie Everyday Witch is a series of chapter books that kids and parents will love. Ideal for reluctant readers. Evie's quirky, funny personality will sweep kids off their feet, and get them reading again!
Spooky Magic (Evie Everyday Witch Book 2)
The Frog with a Frown
Todd G. Sorrell
In this touching tale, a sad and lonely frog is reminded by a wise dragonfly that even the most simple, intrinsic qualities we have make us special and unique. We are all reminded to shed our former negative thoughts and trade them for the treasures within.
The Frog with a Frown
Twine: A Memoir
Dorriah Rogers
Composed from a collection of haunting and colorful memories, Twine chronicles the dark journey of a broken family spanning generations. Sliding effortlessly between past and present, this is the story of Dorriah Burke—a girl raised among California avocados and a bewildering array of dysfunctional family members. As children, trapped between their alcoholic mother and violent father, Dorriah and her brother are faced with untenable choices and lives of ever-increasing lunacy and sorrow. Now an adult, Dorriah finally escapes across the country with her own daughter in an attempt to restart her life, but the miles aren’t enough. Grief-stricken by her mother’s rapidly declining health, her father’s shocking choices, and her brother’s inability to help, she is forced to make a decision: unlock her past and her only hope to overcome her personal demons, or protect her only child from the dark labyrinth of her family history. Twine is a seductive memoir of shocking narrative power and sweeping honesty. Written with a clever and profane wit and populated by unforgettable and profoundly relatable characters, it is a beautiful narrative that’s impossible to put down—a story of agony and loss, betrayal and love, survival and reinvention that never allows the reader to rest for an instant as the story ruthlessly hurtles towards its surprising conclusion.
Twine: A Memoir

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