Wilma Rudolph came into the world small, weak, fragile, and seemingly unimportant. As the 20th child of 22, she became good at blending in. However, she was not unimportant, and soon, she would be in the spotlight. Early in her childhood, Wilma contracted polio, a disease that damages the spinal cord and can cause paralysis. Soon, Wilma could barely walk.
Avery Appreciates True Friendship is a heartwarming story about a friendship struggle in the midst of softball season. Avery is one of many players on the softball team called The Lady Tigers. She adores softball and equally loves being able to share this passion with her two best friends, Charlotte and Bianca.
What happens when you gain a bad reputation in an upper class California school? You pull a stunt and hope it's big enough to cover your past. Humiliated by a rich girl meme and expelled from school for baking a batch of weed brownies, Riley Ozaki decides that in order to convince the world that she is not who she seems, she needs to join a game show: Reality Gold. It consists of 20 high schoolers, a treasure hunt, and a wild ride of gold fever and TV drama manipulation.
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’.
Through colloquial writing and an extensively constructed backdrop, Andrew Orange’s fantasy novel, The Game of VORs, depicts an oppressive imperial society while providing elements of our own world (past and present).
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