It isn’t that Abby Carson can’t do her schoolwork. She just doesn’t like doing it. And in February a warning letter arrives at her home. Abby will have to repeat sixth grade—unless she meets some specific conditions, including taking on an extra-credit project to find a pen pal in a distant country. Seems simple enough. But when Abby’s first letter arrives at a small school in Afghanistan, the village elders agree that any letters going back to America must be written well. In English. And the only qualified student is a boy, Sadeed Bayat. Except in this village, it is not proper for a boy to correspond with a girl. So Sadeed’s younger sister will write the letters. Except she knows hardly any English. So Sadeed must write the letters. For his sister to sign. But what about the villagers who believe that girls should not be anywhere near a school? And what about those who believe that any contact with Americans is . . . unhealthy? Not so simple. But as letters flow back and forth—between the prairies of Illinois and the mountains of central Asia, across cultural and religious divides, through the minefields of different lifestyles and traditions—a small group of children begin to speak and listen to one another. And in just a few short weeks, they make important discoveries about their communities, about their world, and most of all, about themselves.
When Dylan wants to take his relationship with Marco to the next level, Marco becomes self-conscious about how the world looks at him and holds back, while Ashley has a hard time reconnecting with her stepbrother Toby and ex-boyfriend Jimmy.
Alison Bergeron has her doubts about hosting a birthday party for her twin stepdaughters, seeing as it'll include all of her new husband's ex-in-laws. Still, she's a good sport, and everyone has a great time, especially the girls, who receive $10,000 from their estranged uncle, Chick. The girls' father, NYPD Detective Bobby Crawford, and Christine, his ex, think the gift is too much. When Crawford swings by Chick's apartment to return it, he finds Chick dead, with roughly $250,000 stuffed in his mattress. The death is ruled a suicide, but Christine isn't convinced, and even Alison can't help but admit that there must be a lot more to Chick's death than meets the eye. Extra Credit, the latest in Maggie Barbieri's stellar Murder 101 series, finds Alison and Bobby delving into family secrets they'd both rather leave untouched.
Charlie Joe Jackson, the most reluctant reader ever born, made it his mission in the first book to get through middle school without reading a single book from cover to cover. Now he's back, and trying desperately to get straight A's in order to avoid going to academic camp for the summer. In order to do this, he will have to betray his friend, lose the girl of his dreams, and end up acting in a school play about the inventor of paper towels. Charlie Joe's not exactly the "school play kind of guy", but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Camp goes Hollywood! Blind item: Which Walla-Walla camper turned movie extra has been seen canoodling with her fellow cast mate and resident set hottie? We think: Sarah and Chace! And poor Sarah?s in for a big disappointment when she finds out he?s only using her for her (supposed) insider status. Will Chase get his comeuppance? Only time will tell . . .
Amber Brown is in deep trouble. Lately, no matter what she does, it isn?t enough. She straightens up her room?sort of. She does her homework?well, most of it. And she agrees to meet Max, her mother?s new boyfriend?but she doesn?t agree to like him. Now her mother is angry, her teacher wants all of her homework, and Max keeps trying to make her laugh. What?s Amber to do? All she wants is a little extra credit. She really tries. . . . But how will she succeed?
A graphic novel series based on the popular Degrassi: The Next Generation television show finds Ellie struggling with her comic book editor's sexual harassment and J. T. turning to internet porn when he is unable to come to terms with losing Liberty and the baby.
This book is composed of many short essays which can be read separately; however, read together these commentaries form a compelling exploration of how and why teachers should obey laws, regulations, policies, and contractual obligations, yet should do much more.