This is Brian Abbott's first major publication. The Boston-based writer has found his stronghold in the world of social media under the moniker of High Poets Society. HIs writing is most recognized for it's mesmerizing rhyme scheme and clever wordplay.
The Fresh Start Lock-In was supposed to bring the students of Bridgewater closer together. Jackie didn't think it would work, but she didn't think she'd have to fight for her life, either. A group of outsider kids who like to play werewolf might not be playing anymore. Will Jackie and her brother escape Bridgewater High before morning? Or will a pack of crazed students take them down?
"... [Annie Hwang's] poetry sings for every aching soul....talks about every loving heart....Speaks of the unflinching reality of life....Cries for the dreams that we all are craving for....." -Munia Khan
Film reviews from the pages of The Advocate by Alan F. Farrell. By special arrangement with the author, third and expanded edition. This is a collection of reviews written as durable and significant essays, not as newspaper fillers. They are artful and re-readable, funny and highly memorable social-cultural commentary, not plot-description and pro-Studio puff-pieces. Nominated for the 2006 Library of Virginia Literary Awards in Nonfiction
Paper Planes is the new chapbook by B. Abbott, the Boston-based author known for his writings under the moniker of High Poets Society. This short collection of poems explores the ways in which we experience love and everyday change in our lives.
With the excitement of high school, waiting to bond and make special friends, start dating, athletically competing, physical and emotional changes can be a huge adjustment, particularly for those who have been spoon-fed all along. The only common denominator that these girls share is the Academy. Commonalities that teen girls experience begin to erupt, sending everyone’s lives into a tumultuous spin. If they can just overcome the devil’s advocacy of lies, tragedies, untold secrets, and deception, getting through high school just might not be so bad. McKenzie, Blair, Riley, Bethany, Mallory, and BreAnna consider tragedies and the consequences that occur as though Karma has vowed to take responsibility to reprimand them. The high sock society doesn’t just describe what they wear—Gucci, Prada, and Marc Jacobs—it describes who they are, a high-standing social society of girls just trying to make their way through life’s mind-boggling maze.
This book argues that far from preaching traditional, otherworldly ideals, the authors or these religious works were deeply engaged in the social, political, and spiritual issues that characterized the Holy Roman Empire at a time of radical transformation.
Students speak up about American education in this book from 826 National, the celebrated tutoring center founded by Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari. This unique volume collects personal essays, letters, and stories by dozens of high school students who were given the chance to speak their minds about their own education. From letters to their teachers to essays and vignettes inspired by the works of James Baldwin and Sherman Alexie, this collection of student writing contains startling insights for educators, parents, and anyone invested in our future. Be Honest includes writing from students across the country, of every ethnic group and financial bracket: A girl from an immigrant family is put in an ESL class even though her English is fluent; an African American boy talks about the social pressures that prevent him from asking his teacher for help; and a privileged private school student describes his transition to public school—and reports that he was able to learn more with the increased freedom it brought. The newest book from 826 National, the celebrated organization founded by Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari, coauthors of the bestselling Teachers Have It Easy—is a much-needed addition to the current national conversation about our schools. “826 helps young people learn that language can be play, that work can be joyful, and that they themselves can be the inventors and caretakers of their world. I have seen it with my own eyes.” —Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
When teenagers began hanging out at the mall in the early 1980s, the movies followed. Multiplex theaters offered teens a wide array of perspectives on the coming-of-age experience, as well as an escape into the alternative worlds of science fiction and horror. Youth films remained a popular and profitable genre through the 1990s, offering teens a place to reflect on their evolving identities from adolescence to adulthood while simultaneously shaping and maintaining those identities. Drawing examples from hundreds of popular and lesser-known youth-themed films, Timothy Shary here offers a comprehensive examination of the representation of teenagers in American cinema in the 1980s and 1990s. He focuses on five subgenres—school, delinquency, horror, science, and romance/sexuality—to explore how they represent teens and their concerns, how these representations change over time, and how youth movies both mirror and shape societal expectations and fears about teen identities and roles. He concludes that while some teen films continue to exploit various notions of youth sexuality and violence, most teen films of the past generation have shown an increasing diversity of adolescent experiences and have been sympathetic to the particular challenges that teens face.