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The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth

Author : Alexandra Robbins
ISBN : 9781401303778
Genre : Education
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"Their stories beautifully demonstrate things we know intrinsically: that being popular is not always the same as being liked, that high school is more rigid and conformist than the military, and that the people who are excluded and bullied for their offbeat passions and refusal to conform are often the ones who are embraced and lauded for those very qualities in college and beyond." --New York Times In a smart, entertaining, reassuring book that reads like fiction, Alexandra Robbins manages to cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks and explain the fascinating psychology and science behind popularity and outcasthood. She reveals that the things that set students apart in high school are the things that help them stand out later in life. Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life, including: The Loner, who has withdrawn from classmates since they persuaded her to unwittingly join her own hate club The Popular Bitch, a cheerleading captain both seduced by and trapped within her clique's perceived prestige The Nerd, whose differences cause students to laugh at him and his mother to needle him for not being "normal" The New Girl, determined to stay positive as classmates harass her for her mannerisms and target her because of her race The Gamer, an underachiever in danger of not graduating, despite his intellect and his yearning to connect with other students The Weird Girl, who battles discrimination and gossipy politics in school but leads a joyous life outside of it The Band Geek, who is alternately branded too serious and too emo, yet annually runs for class president In the middle of the year, Robbins surprises her subjects with a secret challenge--experiments that force them to change how classmates see them. Robbins intertwines these narratives--often triumphant, occasionally heartbreaking, and always captivating--with essays exploring subjects like the secrets of popularity, being excluded doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you, why outsiders succeed, how schools make the social scene worse--and how to fix it. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth is not just essential reading for students, teachers, parents, and anyone who deals with teenagers, but for all of us, because at some point in our lives we've all been on the outside looking in.
Category: Education

The Geek Handbook

Author : Alex Langley
ISBN : 9781440232923
Genre : Humor
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And the GEEKS shall inherit the earth! Although it may not be good for their pasty white skin, Geeks these days are enjoying a moment in the sun. From Pop Culture to High-Tech Everything, Geeks rule and everybody else, well, drools. Drawing on his own knowledge of being a geek for almost 30 years, author Alex Langley provides essential advice for growth and survival for the modern Geek, including the top five games to play on your phone while listening to boring graduation speeches. There are also quotes and anecdotes from classic Geek gods such as Bill Gates, Sheldon Cooper, Felicia Day, "Weird" Al Yankovic and Dr. Who, that inspire all geeks to embrace not only your iPhones and Xboxes, but who you are. Let's face it, sometimes being the smartest person in the room isn't enough. And when it's not, The Geek Handbook can help. You'll discover: • Basics on social interaction, both online and off. • Fashion: just because you can wear socks and sandals doesn't mean you should. • Making friends, making dinner, making babies. • Warning signs your appliances might secretly be plotting against you. • Geeky charities that give a +1 to your Light Side score. • Geek girls: tips on interacting with or becoming one of these burgeoning beauties. So get your Geek on, and keep it on with The Geek Handbook.
Category: Humor


Author : Peter Arden
ISBN : 9781857566321
Genre : Fiction
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After a troubled childhood full of conflicts with both urban life and his own parents, Billy Ingham finally felt settled when he arrived at his grandparents' home on Brandywell Farm. Billy and a bizarre group of visitors discover a group of standing stones on the farm, around which they organize a pagan wedding. The ceremony drives Billy into a deep investigation about pagan culture—to the point where his peers think he has gone insane. At once mythological and historical, this novel touches on themes of intergenerational relationships, isolation, addiction, and natural surroundings.
Category: Fiction

Teens And Alcohol

Author : Allison Krumsiek
ISBN : 9781534564978
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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Although alcohol is a popular substance in the United States, its use can have dangerous consequences, especially for young adults. Underage drinking has been declining in recent years, but it remains a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Readers explore the main issues that surround American youth and alcohol, from the legal fights over the drinking age to the binge drinking epidemic. Detailed main text and sidebars, annotated quotes from experts, and informative graphics help readers understand the consequences of alcohol abuse and the many points of view people have about young adults and alcohol.
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Sticks And Stones

Author : Emily Bazelon
ISBN : 9780679644002
Genre : Family & Relationships
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well. No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama. In Sticks and Stones, she brings readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed journey into the ever-shifting landscape of teenage meanness and its sometimes devastating consequences. The result is an indispensable book that takes us from school cafeterias to courtrooms to the offices of Facebook, the website where so much teenage life, good and bad, now unfolds. Along the way, Bazelon defines what bullying is and, just as important, what it is not. She explores when intervention is essential and when kids should be given the freedom to fend for themselves. She also dispels persistent myths: that girls bully more than boys, that online and in-person bullying are entirely distinct, that bullying is a common cause of suicide, and that harsh criminal penalties are an effective deterrent. Above all, she believes that to deal with the problem, we must first understand it. Blending keen journalistic and narrative skills, Bazelon explores different facets of bullying through the stories of three young people who found themselves caught in the thick of it. Thirteen-year-old Monique endured months of harassment and exclusion before her mother finally pulled her out of school. Jacob was threatened and physically attacked over his sexuality in eighth grade—and then sued to protect himself and change the culture of his school. Flannery was one of six teens who faced criminal charges after a fellow student’s suicide was blamed on bullying and made international headlines. With grace and authority, Bazelon chronicles how these kids’ predicaments escalated, to no one’s benefit, into community-wide wars. Cutting through the noise, misinformation, and sensationalism, she takes us into schools that have succeeded in reducing bullying and examines their successful strategies. The result is a groundbreaking book that will help parents, educators, and teens themselves better understand what kids are going through today and what can be done to help them through it. Contains a new discussion guide for classroom use and book groups.
Category: Family & Relationships

Women And Networking

Author : Heather Moore Niver
ISBN : 9781448884070
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Networks are comprised of people who want to support one another. In this sincere narrative, young women get a clear and practical resource for forming, building, and maintaining networks, whether in terms of finding a job, internship, gym, or Web designer. Readers learn about informal and formal networks, comfort and professional networks, and how to build, nurture, and share their networks. This straightforward volume provides young women with the tools to use their networks for reaching their goals—from volunteering, applying to college, starting a business, finding a job––in the community or online. Ten Great Questions to Ask a Mentor and intriguing sidebars such as creating “the elevator pitch” or quick networking speech and staying organized add to the book’s appeal.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Confessions Of A Pink Haired Lunatic

Author : Janet Periat
ISBN : 9781435708853
Genre : Humor
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Confessions of a Pink-Haired Lunatic is a collection of essays by comedienne Janet Periat. From exploding turkeys and antique lasagnas to chemicals found in both medications and snack cakes to the myths of marriage, Janet's topics range from the common to the bizarre. Her work appears in Funny Times and CoastViews magazine.
Category: Humor

Becoming Women

Author : Carla Rice
ISBN : 9781442668263
Genre : Social Science
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In a culture where beauty is currency, women’s bodies are often perceived as measures of value and worth. The search for visibility and self-acceptance can be daunting, especially for those on the cultural margins of “beauty.” Becoming Women offers a thoughtful examination of the search for identity in an image-oriented world. That search is told through the experiences of a group of women who came of age in the wake of second and third wave feminism, featuring voices from marginalized and misrepresented groups. Carla Rice pairs popular imagery with personal narratives to expose the “culture of contradiction” where increases in individual body acceptance have been matched by even more restrictive feminine image ideals and norms. With insider insights from the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, Rice exposes the beauty industry’s colonization of women’s bodies, and examines why “the beauty myth” has yet to be resolved.
Category: Social Science

Nerd Camp 2 0

Author : Elissa Brent Weissman
ISBN : 9781442452961
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Gabe’s happily headed back to Nerd Camp—but can he handle a cool-kid invasion? For Gabe, the equation for summer bliss equals six glorious weeks of rigorous learning immersion at the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment—aka, Nerd Camp. Last year was amazing, and this summer will be even better. At least, that’s what Gabe thinks…until a new variable is introduced. Zack, Gabe’s cool stepbrother, was supposed to attend a camp nearby, but in the aftermath of a recent wildfire, Zack’s camp and nerd camp will be sharing territory. As these two very different worlds collide, can both camps—and both stepbrothers—survive the summer?
Category: Juvenile Fiction