High school life is complicated for senior Jack Duncan. Not only does he have to juggle normal schoolwork, the occasional job driving tractors for others in town, and playing varsity baseball for his high school, he also has to take care of his financially struggling mother. Years ago, Jack and his parents owned one of the biggest, most successful farms in Delano. Selling the bountiful harvest grown on their four thousand acres allowed them to prosper greatly. That’s all gone now, and he and his mother struggle to hold on to the one remaining acre they have left.
The Ride by Nancy Demme is a book all about the morals of life and about the different people you can meet along the way. Diego, the main character, is just a young man running from the life that was shoved upon him, trying to go anywhere but home. The way that Diego travels is by walking along the road and hitchhiking whenever possible. The people he travels with along the way all reflect the different kinds of people there are in the world, from punks driving huge trucks, to accountants that are happy to talk and share a donut.
Nancy Cathers Demme’s book, The Ride, tells a sad story, which is so suspenseful and descriptive that it quickly grabs the reader's attention and won’t let go! In 1952, Diego Ramirez is a 15-year-old runaway who assumes he killed his abusive stepfather in a barn fire that he intentionally set. He’s upset with his mother for not protecting him better at home and decides to hitchhike all over Texas. Most of the chapters describe Diego’s experiences with people from all walks of life who pick him up along the road.
K.I.D.S. Stuff: The Mostly, Probably True Adventures of the Kids Imaginary Defense Squad by Garrett Dane is an awesome, action-packed adventure about ordinary kids who have trained to do extraordinary things. They get to ride in or fly unique raft-ships with top-notch technology and equipment. They meet at a secret base and even use special gadgets that give them a chance to act like super-heroes. Each one has chosen to join one of the K.I.D.S. teams that patrol around the world after school, activities, and family life wind down.
Emma displays a personality of being peaceful and withdrawn. Up until this point, she has tried to stay quiet and out of other people’s business. But soon she finds out that her life is not ordinary. Being in the center of an old conflict amongst a group of deities called Eidolons is where she finds herself. Her primary job will be to ensure the protection of the planet. However, going through the process of awakening is what she must face. It would be simple is she knew what it was all about. All she knows is that she is very powerful.
Other People’s Crazy by Gregory Fletcher is a book written from the point of view of a high school boy trying to fit in. The book introduces Brandon as an overweight boy who has some trouble making friends, and therefore he doesn’t try. On one particular day, Brandon goes outside to eat lunch, like he does every day, but this time, the smallest kid in class comes flying at him. With the help of a friend, Stuart (the boy who attacked Brandon) posts a video of the fight online.