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Out of the Easy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399256929
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - February 12th, 2013


Life in the Big Easy is
anything but easy for seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine. Emotionally and
sometimes physically abandoned by her prostitute mother, Josie is befriended
and supported by Willie Woodley, madam of a high-class brothel; Charles Marlowe
and his son Patrick, owners of Marlowe’s Bookstore; and a colorful cast of
characters straight out of 1950’s New Orleans. When a tragic turn of events
threatens her dream—and her life—Josie learns that she can depend on more than
herself in getting “out of the Easy.” This coming of age novel is another
example of how books, and a desire for education, can transform a young adult’s

-Judy Hayes 

Prodigy (Legend Trilogy #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399256769
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 29th, 2013

much anticipated sequel will not disappoint.  In alternating chapters, Day
and June continue with their harrowing journey to the Colonies and what they
anticipate will be freedom.  All is not what it seems on the outside and
the good guys may not be all good or the bad guys all bad.  Just like life! 


Just One Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525425915
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013


Filled with the ups and downs of self-discovery, Gayle Forman’s new book, Just One Day, tells the story of Allyson, and her uncharacteristic decision to travel to Paris for one day with Willem, who she met during a Shakespeare performance in England. The connection between Willem and Allyson flourishes during their trip, which makes it even more shocking when the next morning Willem has disappeared. Allyson’s quick return to the United States thrusts her into a year of questioning her path and discovering her interests. Just One Day wonderfully weaves together a dynamic cast of characters, colorful scenery descriptions, and the relatable challenges of growing up and following your heart. The story leaves you holding your breath for the follow-up novel! 

-Kerry Barmann 


Searching for Hope: Life at a Failing School in the Heart of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780253005939
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Published: Indiana University Press - February 24th, 2012


Searching for Hope chronicles Matthew Tully’s year of observation and interviews at Manual High School.  His keen insight into the problems and triumphs of the individual students, teachers, and administrators is fascinating and makes Searching for Hope as much of a page-turner as a best-selling thriller. As a graduate of a troubled IPS high school myself, I can personally attest to Tully’s unique understanding of the problems facing large urban high schools. Through Tully’s book you will meet students struggling to earn an adequate education, students who have given up all hope of graduating, brilliantly inspiring teachers, hopelessly burnt-out teachers , and administrators caught in the middle of a dysfunctional  educational system.  Unfortunately, Tully did not find any solutions during his year at Manual and insists there are no quick and easy fixes. Despite this one cannot possibly read Searching For Hope and not want to help improve education and reach-out to the many wonderful students at Manual High School.

 -Rebecca Mullin 


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