This short story is about the lesson of endurance, despite our imperfections. Written in a first person perspective, the author tells a little bit about himself, along with an experience in his life he hopes others will learn from. The lesson? We win some and we lose some, but we can’t let our failures define us. Those who fail will be led to success. For the author, Jimmy Carter played a role in helping him realize this himself.
Chatham Claiborne is unlike any other girl that Josh has met. She’s feisty, secretive, and mysterious. Josh falls hard for Chatham. But then news starts to resurface about the murder of a young girl by the name of Rachel that happened 12 years prior. Josh starts suspecting that maybe Chatham had something to do with it or that maybe she knew something. Will Josh find out the truth in time?
In the book The Iron in Blood by Jenny Doe, Rebecca Harding, your average teenager with a vegetarian diet, is told that she has a natural craving for blood. Most commonly known as iron metabolizers, these super humans are practically invincible when they consume iron in large amounts. Rebecca and a mysterious boy named Angus and his equally strange brothers help her come to terms with her newfound abilities and strength, as well as teach her to control her reaction to human blood.
The Secret of the Puzzle Box is written from the view of Cody, a middle school girl. She and her friends love codes, and so do their teachers. Cody's teacher gives her class a worksheet that tells them where their next field trip will be. It turns out to be Angel Island, “The Ellis Island of the West.” They ride a ferry there and on the ship see thata Morse Code message flashes from the lighthouse! When they get there, they split up into groups for a scavenger hunt, and all the Code Busters are in one group.
Greer MacDonald is a new student at St. Aiden the Great School (STAGS). Right away she realizes she doesn’t fit in. She’s not one of the “it” girls, who call themselves Medievals. So when she is invited to a weekend retreat of “huntin’ shootin’ fishin,’” she is beyond surprised. She is flattered that she may finally become a Medieval. However, things slowly start making less sense, and Greer starts to question everything around her. It seems that the Medievals are out for blood… and not just animals’.
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