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"Cut it out!" the driver shouted. He might have said it again, but I couldn't tell for sure over all the noise.
In a weird way, I was having fun. When some of the kids around me started laughing, I laughed too. I reached for the ball of paper that had landed on the floor and threw it as hard as I could toward the back of the bus.
"Hey, new guy!" a voice called. "You pitch like a girl!"
I bristled. It was my own fault; I'd called attention to myself.
I knew whatever I did next was important. This was what my mom would call a defining moment. She says life is all about defining moments, only most people miss them. They're too busy doing other stuff.
Posted August 15, 2011
An Orca Currents selection, high interest for struggling readers. Lucas has just moved to Montreal and rides the 121 Express bus to and from school. It is well-known throughout the school and the transit company for being full of troublemakers, and Lucas finds that the reputation is well-earned. He sees that the cool teens ride in the back and the nerds are seated quietly in the front and knows he doesn't want to be a nerd. This book is full of teen pranks, some worse than others. There is the one drawback to the book- it seems unrealistic that the pranks would be allowed to continue and even escalate to the extent that they did. Teens will appreciate the desire to fit in with the cool crowd and will laugh at the pranks.
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