Friction (Richard Jackson Books (Pb))

E R Frank

Published by Perfection Learning
ISBN 10: 0756942969 / ISBN 13: 9780756942960
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Synopsis: True or False:

Simon is one of the coolest teachers at

Forest Alternative: True

Simon and Alex are friends: True

Tim is jealous of Alex and Simon: False...

...until Stacy walks into class, flashing her tongue ring, swishing her hair, and spreading rumors -- dirty rumors, the kind that make you second guess who your real friends are, and their intentions. Rumors like Stacy's test and sometimes ruin friendships as strong as those among Tim, Alex, and Simon. Rumors are dangerous, but not always as dangerous or ugly as the truths from which they spring....

Review: Most well-known for her devastatingly poignant teen tales of urban desperation and redemption, renowned young adult author E. R. Frank switches gears and narrows her focus to the pivotal events of one 8th grade classroom. The progressive petri dish of Forest Alternative’s middle school is stirred the wrong way when sophisticated, tongue-ringed Stacy makes the scene. Almost immediately, Stacy takes advantage of the school’s relaxed and experimental atmosphere to start a little excitement. For reasons known only to herself, she begins to insinuate that Simon, the 8th grade‘s idealistic, good-looking young teacher, is in love with Alex, Friction’s mild mannered first person narrator. Embarrassed and infuriated, Alex tries to squelch the gossip, but only manages to make herself look more guilty to her classmates. When she finally confronts Stacy, Alex is horrified when Stacy tearfully admits that the reason she’s been spreading the rumors is to draw attention away from the fact that Simon is actually molesting her. Confused and half caught up in Stacy’s stories herself, Alex makes the mistake of trusting her shifting feelings instead of what she knows to be true, irreparably harming her admired teacher in the process. Friction is a provocative, deadly accurate portrayal of puberty, in all its manipulative, perplexing, unmanageable glory. Alex’s quest to discover the definition of truth is a journey every teenager makes, and teen readers of Friction will take great comfort in the fact that a trusted author, who clearly hasn’t forgotten adolescence herself, is helping to chart the path. (Ages 12 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

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Title: Friction (Richard Jackson Books (Pb))
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Binding: Library Binding
Book Condition: GOOD

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