Justin Case

Here is third grade in all its complicated glory—the friendships, the fears, and the advanced math. Acclaimed author Rachel Vail captures third grade with a perfect pitch, and Matthew Cordell's line art is both humorous and touching.

Author: Rachel Vail

Publisher: Square Fish

ISBN: 0312563574

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

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It's the start of the school year, and nothing feels right to Justin. He didn't get the teacher he wanted, he's not in the same class as his best friend, and his little sister, Elizabeth, is starting kindergarten at his school. Elizabeth doesn't seem nervous at all. Justin is very nervous about third grade. And to top it off, he's lost his favorite stuffed animal, but he can't tell anyone, because technically he's too old to still have stuffed animals. Right? Here is third grade in all its complicated glory-the friendships, the fears, and the advanced math. Acclaimed author Rachel Vail captures third grade with a perfect pitch, and Matthew Cordell's line art is both humorous and touching. As Justin bravely tries to step out of his shell, he will step into readers' hearts. Justin Case is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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If We Kiss

With no one to confide in, Charlie has to figure this one out for herself. But even as she tries to pull away from Kevin, she can’t stop wondering, What would happen if we kiss?

Author: Rachel Vail

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062033802

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 288

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Charlie Collins has never been kissed. She’s never been in love, either. Charlie’s beautiful best friend, Tess, has kissed three boys and has loved each one of them. Then Charlie unexpectedly finds herself falling for Kevin, and she’s in a mess of trouble right away. For one thing, Tess is in love with Kevin. Even worse, his father seems to be dating Charlie’s mom, who suddenly can’t stop smiling. With no one to confide in, Charlie has to figure this one out for herself. But even as she tries to pull away from Kevin, she can’t stop wondering, What would happen if we kiss?
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Gorgeous

Allison may be losing control, but how far is she willing to go to stay gorgeous forever? Following the critically acclaimed Lucky, Rachel Vail continues her poignant sisterhood trilogy with the rebellious middle Avery sister, Allison.

Author: Rachel Vail

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061861192

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 304

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She's looking good . . . but Allison Avery can't believe it. Growing up with beautiful, blond sisters, Allison has always been the dark-haired, "interesting-looking" Avery. So when the devil shows up and offers to make her gorgeous, Allison jumps at the chance to finally get noticed. But there's one tiny catch, and it's not her soul: The devil wants her cell phone. Though her deal with the devil seems like a good idea at the time, Allison soon realizes that being gorgeous isn't as easy as it looks. Are her new friends and boyfriend for real, or do they just like her pretty face? Allison can't trust anyone anymore, and her possessed phone and her family's financial crisis aren't making things any easier. Plus, when she finds out that she might be America's next teen model, all hell breaks loose. Allison may be losing control, but how far is she willing to go to stay gorgeous forever? Following the critically acclaimed Lucky, Rachel Vail continues her poignant sisterhood trilogy with the rebellious middle Avery sister, Allison. Fiery, sarcastic, and just plain fun, gorgeous captures the heartbreak and hilarity in one girl's attempt to have it all.
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Do Over

For someone who doesn't quite know "how to get started" with girls, Whit moves quickly from his first kiss, to his first heartbreak, to his first real girlfriend, wishing that he could correct all his embarrassing mistakes along the way by ...

Author: Rachel Vail

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0380721805

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 136

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Whit is furious with his father, disappointed with his best friend, and completely baffled by girls. For someone who doesn't quite know "how to get started" with girls, Whit moves quickly from his first kiss, to his first heartbreak, to his first real girlfriend, wishing that he could correct all his embarrassing mistakes along the way by calling "do-over." But do-overs only happen in basketball, so maybe he'll just have to live with his mistakes...and forgive others for theirs.
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You Maybe

Josie is independent and fierce.

Author: Rachel Vail

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062035851

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 224

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Josie is independent and fierce. She may flirt with boys or kiss them, but it doesn't mean anything, not even with Michael, who's more like a friend-with-benefits. So how can she explain what happens when Carson Gold goes after her? Carson Gold, the hottest senior, the one everyone secretly watches. . . . Maybe it's the same thing that causes all the girls to stare as he walks by. Or maybe it's something between them, something just he and Josie share. Could you resist? It's too much, when love finds you and pulls you under. It's too much, even for Josie.
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Lucky

Phoebe is the youngest; her story combines first love and flip-flops, friendship and sisterhood, humor and tears. Breezy, witty, and poignant, lucky is Rachel Vail at her breathtaking best.

Author: Rachel Vail

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061858246

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 256

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It's all good . . . and lucky Phoebe Avery plans to celebrate by throwing an end-of-the-year bash with her four closest friends. Everything will be perfect—from the guest list to the fashion photographer to the engraved invitations. The only thing left to do is find the perfect dress . . . until Phoebe goes from having it all to hiding all she's lost. Phoebe's older sisters warn her to keep the family's crisis totally secret. Unfortunately, her alpha-girl best friend looks increasingly suspicious, and Phoebe's crush starts sending seriously mixed signals. Phoebe tries hard to keep smiling, but when her mother is humiliated in Neiman Marcus while buying Phoebe that perfect dress and her father decides to cancel her party, she panics. How far will she go to keep up her image as a lucky girl? With lucky, Rachel Vail begins a powerful sisterhood trilogy, comprised of one book for each of the three fascinating Avery sisters, with all their secrets laid bare during the year that completely changes their lives. Phoebe is the youngest; her story combines first love and flip-flops, friendship and sisterhood, humor and tears. Breezy, witty, and poignant, lucky is Rachel Vail at her breathtaking best.
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Get Those Guys Reading Fiction and Series Books that Boys Will Love

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters. Illustrated by Matthew Cordell. Feiwel and Friends, 2010. 256 p. Grades 3–5. “Justin is very nervous about starting third grade and must make the best of things when he does not get ...

Author: Kathleen A. Baxter

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598848472

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 220

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Want to identify fiction books that boys in grades three through nine will find irresistible? This guide reveals dozens of worthwhile recommendations in categories ranging from adventure stories and sports novels to horror, humorous, and science fiction books.
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Kiss Me Again

Kiss Me Again, the sequel to Rachel Vail's beloved contemporary teen romance If We Kiss, follows Charlie (Charlotte) Collins as she struggles with her feelings for her longtime crush Kevin Lazarus after their parents marry and he becomes ...

Author: Rachel Vail

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062202888

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

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Kiss Me Again, the sequel to Rachel Vail's beloved contemporary teen romance If We Kiss, follows Charlie (Charlotte) Collins as she struggles with her feelings for her longtime crush Kevin Lazarus after their parents marry and he becomes her stepbrother. It was complicated enough when their parents were only dating and Kevin was going out with Charlie's best friend, Tess. Now, living under one roof, Charlie and Kevin are crossing paths and crossing lines, sneaking around at night and then sitting down to breakfast together as a family. It feels so crazy—exciting, confusing, impossible, and romantic. It can't last, not like this, but if anybody discovers their secret, everything could explode. . . . Praised for her wit and realism, award-winning author Rachel Vail delivers a poignant tale of first love and powerful kisses, at long last answering the question of what happens when a crush so off-limits it has to be fantasy suddenly becomes very real.
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Reaching Reluctant Young Readers

... Jones series, x Just a Dog, 73–74 Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully, 4 Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters, 4 Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flop ofDoom, 4 Just My Luck, 25 Kangaroos ...

Author: Rob Reid

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442274426

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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Reaching Reluctant Young Readers features 150 middle-grade books. Each profiled title has the potential to hook the reluctant reader and lure them to read the entire book. To specifically encourage elementary and middle-school-age reluctant children to read, there is first a pitch to get the reader’s attention. That is followed by a short reading passage to “set the hook” and encourage the young person to read the rest of the book on their own. Further, the book contains several hundred additional recommended titles. The books selected for this collection were chosen following the criteria of reluctant reader books created by the Quick Picks committee sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. While these guidelines were designed for young adult books, they also work well for middle-grade books. The criteria include: clear writing (no convoluted long sentences with sophisticated vocabulary), high interest “hook” in the first few pages, well-defined characters, interesting plot, and familiar themes.
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Ever After

The appearance of a new girl in her community changes the relationship between fourteen-year-old Molly and her best friend Vicky and complicates Molly's attempt to pinpoint her own identity. Reissue.

Author: Rachel Vail

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060587482

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 196

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The appearance of a new girl in her community changes the relationship between fourteen-year-old Molly and her best friend Vicky and complicates Molly's attempt to pinpoint her own identity. Reissue.
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