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Darius and Twig

New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers once again connects with teenagers everywhere in Darius & Twig, a novel about friendship and needing to live one's own dream. This touching and raw teen novel from the author of Monster, Kick, We Are America, Bad Boy, and many other celebrated literary works for children and teens is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. But they are drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that life in Harlem throws at them. The two friends must face down bullies, an abusive uncle, and the idea that they'll be stuck in the same place forever. Maria Russo, writing in the New York Times, included Darius & Twig on her list of "great kids' books with diverse characters." She commented: "The late Myers, one of the greats and a champion of diversity in children’s books well before the cause got mainstream attention, is at his elegant, heartfelt best in this 2013 novel. It’s about two friends growing up in Harlem, one a writer, one an athlete, facing daily challenges and trying to dream of a brighter future."

Racing the Past

It's been two months since his dad's fatal accident, and eleven-year-old Ricky is still haunted by memories of violent beatings and hurtful words. The kids at school won't let him forget, either, and he's gotten into so many fights, he's on the edge of serious trouble. Ricky can walk away from taunts on the playground, but not when the kids corner him on the bus. So he comes up with a new way to get to school. Not only will he run every morning and afternoon-he'll race the bus. And one day he will leave the past behind-and win.

Eating Disorders

- In-depth coverage ideal for student reports - Topics correlated to health education curriculum standards - Series developed in consultation with a mental health consultant - Case studies present real-world scenarios - Reader-friendly It's a Fact and In Focus boxes with current statistics and topical information - Full-color photographs that connect readers to the text - Resources for support, assistance, or further information - Glossary to help build health literacy, Index

Mean Behind the Screen

Cyberbullying is a serious issue for today's wired teens. It's bullying via computer and cell phone that involves harassment, threats, and humiliation. If you've been bullied, you know how it feels. It can disrupt your school and home life and make you feel sick, angry, or worse. Mean Behind the Screen: What You Need to Know About Cyberbullying looks at how real teens have been affected by cyberbullying, how cyberbullying works, and what can happen to both bullies and victims. It also includes a quiz about signs of trouble and practical tips for dealing with and preventing cyberbullying.

Everything Sucks

When everything sucks, change everything . . . And that's exactly what Hannah Friedman set out to do in an ambitious attempt to bust out of a life of obscurity and absurdity and into an alternate world of glamour, wealth, and popularity. Being dubbed 'That Monkey Girl' by middle school bullies and being pulled out of sixth grade to live on a tour bus with her agoraphobic mother, her smelly little brother, and her father's hippie band mates convinces Hannah that she is destined for a life of freakdom. But when she enters one of the country's most prestigious boarding schools on scholarship, Hannah transforms herself into everything she is not: cool. By senior year, she has a perfect millionaire boyfriend, a perfect GPA, a perfect designer wardrobe, and is part of the most popular clique in school, but somehow everything begins to suck far worse than when she first started. Her newfound costly drug habit, eating disorder, identity crisis, and Queen-Bee attitude lead to the unraveling of Hannah's very unusual life. Putting her life back together will take more than a few clicks of her heels, or the perfect fit of a glass slipper, in this not-so-fairy tale of going from rock bottom to head of the class and back again.

Food as Foe

Provides a basic, comprehensive introduction to eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, with a review of where to find help and how to make wise food choices to become healthy.

Ask Cosmogirl! about Your Body

Our bodies don’t come with instruction manuals, and many young women aren’t sure exactly what’s normal and what isn’t. Worse yet, they often suffer needlessly--or put themselves in danger--because they’re too embarrassed to ask their parents or doctor. Now, courtesy of CosmoGIRL!, comes the sympathetic, dependable help they need. Here are actual questions sent in by real girls, with the editors’ carefully researched responses. The topics cover everything from body basics to serious physical problems to mental health. Want to know if a burn will scar your skin? What to do about irregular periods? How to handle a too-visible hickey? Whether it’s really dangerous to be obese? Should you seek counseling for depression--or is there another way to beat the blues? All these and hundreds of other important issues receive the thoughtful, honest answers that every girl wants to know.  

Too Fat? Too Thin?

Worried that your weight isnt what it should be? Come inside Too Fat? Too Thin? to find out what is the right body weight for you. Helpful and easy-to-follow text help young readers understand their healthy, natural body shape.