Alt Ed

Mass Market Paperback | September 9, 2004

byCatherine Atkins

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Susan Calloway, bullied and overweight, faces daily humiliation at the hands of her classmates?and she?s had enough. With her anger about to reach the boiling point, Susan lands in an alternative education class, a sort of group therapy for the nearly expelled. School is bad enough, but facing off with five peers, including her cruelest tormentor, is worse. Now Susan is being forced to do something she?s always avoided?talk about herself and listen to what other people have to say about her. She has two choices: find her voice, or be prepared to take the insults in silence. It won?t be easy, but alt ed may be just the last resort Susan needs.

?Carefully nuanced connections between characters plus insight into the adolescent ability to use low self-esteem as a cruel weapon catapults Atkins?s novel of troubled teens well above the familiarity of its trappings. Each of Atkins?s characters emerges, fully formed from these pages.?
?Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Susan Calloway, bullied and overweight, faces daily humiliation at the hands of her classmates?and she?s had enough. With her anger about to reach the boiling point, Susan lands in an alternative education class, a sort of group therapy for the nearly expelled. School is bad enough, but facing off with five peers, including her cruele...

Catherine Atkins is a teacher as well as a writer. She has taught in alternative education programs for the past ten years, working with students of all ages, from elementary level to adults. Most of her teaching experience, however, has been with teenagers. "I enjoy working with teens," Atkins says. "They have it all: the curiosity an...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 6.73 × 4.18 × 0.5 inPublished:September 9, 2004Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142402354

ISBN - 13:9780142402351

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Alt. Well; It was just a good book. Well written, realistic, and witty. It did swear alot, which annoyed me at the beginning, but you get used to it, and it ends up making the story just that much better. I love the plot, and how in the end everything gets almost better, but not totally, which sort of leaves you hanging. Just a good book!
Date published: 2008-01-21

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"Carefully nuanced connections between characters plus insight into the adolescent ability to use low self-esteem as a cruel weapon catapults Atkins's novel of troubled teens well above the familiarity of its trappings.  Each of Atkins's characters emerges, fully formed from these pages."—Publishers Weekly