Thursday, June 28, 2012

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty Cover


Look at the two following images: 

The image on the left is from the graphic novel, “Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
The image on the right is from an article in Time Magazine in 1994.

Both are images of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer. Yummy was real; he was a little boy who hung around with a gang stealing cars and shoplifting, all while still keeping a teddy bear hidden in his room, he was a little boy who mistakenly shot and murdered a young neighborhood girl instead of  a gang rival, and he was a little boy who at the age of eleven was then shot and killed a week later by the gang he killed for.

8th Grade Super Zero

8th Grade Super Zero Cover
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Reggie “Pukey” McKnight has been trying to live down the time he threw up on the principal’s shoes, in front of the entire school! Eight grade’s going to be different, he’s going to stay invisible! But when he gets involved with his church youth group and becomes a “big-brother” to a first-grader and starts helping at a homeless shelter, he starts to become anything but an 8th Grade Super Zero” he might just become an 8th grade super hero!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Speak Cover


A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

Livvie Owen Lived Here

Livvie Owen Lived Here Cover


Fourteen-year-old Livvie Owen, who has autism, and her family have been forced to move frequently because of her outbursts, but when they face eviction again, Livvie is convinced she has a way to get back to a house where they were all happy, once.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson) Cover


Angus: My mixed-breed cat, half domestic tabby, half Scottish wildcat
Thongs: Stupid underwear worn by odl Swotty Knickers, Lindsay. What's the point of them anything? They just go up your bum as far as I can tell. Full-Frontal Snogging: Kissing with all the trimming, lip to lip, open mouth, tongues . . everything (apart from dribble which is never acceptable). As taught to me by a professional snogger.

Follow along more in the journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicholson, as she navigates a year of school, snotty girls, bra sizes, and of course, Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging!

Zen and the art of Faking It

Zen and the Art of Faking It Cover


San Lee, just moved to yet another new town and yet another school that goes with it. He is "sort of" an innocent teenager, who "soft of" invents an entirely new past for himself, which "sort of" makes him finally popular in a new school. When he "sort of" gives the entire school the idea that he is was a reincarnated Zen master, they "sort of" start to worship him!

When this made up past starts to make his present fall apart can he make things right with his family, prevent the school from killing him, and possibly get the girl of his dreams? "sort of" . .

The Lonely Hearts Club

The Lonely Hearts Club Cover


“I, Penny Lane Bloom, do solemnly swear to never date another boy for as long as I shall live . . . Sure there are some that seem nice, but the second they get what they want they’ll dump you and move on to their next target. So I’m done. No more dating. The end.”

Heart-broken by her first love Nate, Penny Lane Bloom is sick of boys and sick of dating. She starts the new school year vowing to never date again. She forms the Lonely Hearts Club, where the most important rule is very simple: No Dating! A few close friends are the first to join, but soon the club begins taking over the entire school. Is this really the end of dating at McKinley High or just the beginning of a dating revolution lead by Penny, who just may be the first to leave the club after finding a boy who just might be worth breaking the rules for.