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Following the success of Sloane Tanen’s adult books comes a title aimed directly at teens. From back-to-school anxiety and chick cliques to gym class, teachers, and other eye-rolling icons of school life, these photographic scenes of the teen experience are as ingenious as they are hilarious. Specifically concerned with the trials and tribulations of high school and teendom, this book will have teens everywhere (and more than a few adults) laughing with recognition.

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Following the success of Sloane Tanen’s adult books comes a title aimed directly at teens. From back-to-school anxiety and chick cliques to gym class, teachers, and other eye-rolling icons of school life, these photographic scenes of the teen experience are as ingenious as they are hilarious. Specifically concerned with the trials and tribulations of high school and teendom, this book will have teens everywhere (and more than a few adults) laughing with recognition.

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Publishers Weekly

Slotting in between Tanen's adult titles (Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same) and her concept books (C Is for Coco), this gift-size collection of cleverly staged scenes follows a flock of her trademark fuzzy toy chicks during the awkward years-those preceding hen- and rooster-hood. Interweaving storylines star seven chicks from various social circles, from it girl Caitlin (the only pink chick in school) to friendless Edgar, who "wasn't a skater, a punk, a jock, a geek, or a nerd. He was just depressed, and he hadn't found that clique yet"; the author skewers each archetype with equal-opportunity ruthlessness. As standalones, many of Tanen's vignettes are viciously funny and locker-ready, such as showing queen-bee-wannabe Marissa passed out in front of a boutique, her Gucci-esque purse and ever-present diet soda fallen into the gutter ("Was it nerves about going back to school, her strict 250-calorie-a-day diet, or toxic shock from the tampon she'd finally figured out how to use?"). Tanen's unsentimental portraits will find favor with teens who rely on a wicked sense of humor to endure school, as well as older readers who remember those days well-if not fondly. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)

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VOYA - Julie Watkins
Cross a narrative of the teen angst that is the high school experience with cute, fuzzy, chenille chicks posed in diorama format, and the result is this very funny and even poignant photographic chronicle of seven teenage chicks struggling with the everyday highs and lows of growing up. Infused with hilarious and often painfully honest captions and laugh-out-loud pictures, this novel has wide appeal to teens and those who remember these difficult years. Tanen's signature chicks have been featured in both adult and children's books, including Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same (Bloomsbury, 2003) and the Coco series, but this book is her first effort aimed directly at a young adult audience. From vain Marissa's self-tanning disaster to an appearance from "BeyoncT" at the suddenly popular Andrew Rabbinowitz's bar mitzvah, her razor-sharp sense of humor remains on target and will gain her a range of new fans. Librarians might find it difficult to spend limited funds on this admittedly coffee-table-ish book that will likely have a short shelf life, but their teens will love it, and it may serve as a segue for reluctant readers to further explore the library. It is an invigorating breath of fresh and funny air. Reviewer: Julie Watkins
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Fuzzy, pipe-cleaner chickens star in this photographic spoof on high school. All the standard characters are here-the vapid popular girl and her wannabe sidekick, angst-ridden boy, overweight geek girl, gay guy, and unpopular rich boy. While some of the scenes are laugh-out-loud funny, the humor consists largely of poking fun at amplified stereotypes. The full-color photography is well done, and the scenes are craftily put together, but the book is light on story. Still, teens who enjoy Jim Benton's "It's Happy Bunny" may get a kick out of it.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900759
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Sloane Tanen is the author of several books for adults, including the bestselling Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same, Going for the Bronze, and Hatched! The Big Push from Pregnancy to Motherhood. She is also the creator of the children’s titles Where Is Coco Going?, Coco All Year Round, C Is for Coco, and Coco Counts. Sloane received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and holds graduate degrees in literary theory and art history. Sloane lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.

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Appetite for Detention

By Sloan Tanen
Copyright © 2008

Sloane Tanen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-59990-075-9

Chapter One Professional highlights: $135.00

Juicy Couture handbag: $240.00

Knowing you'll be the prettiest girl in school: Priceless

Joey liked fashion, not football. His father would have to live out his thwarted teenage dreams through someone else. Maybe his baby brother Tony ... but that wasn't looking too likely either.

Marissa had fainted. Was it nerves about going back to school, her strict 250-calorie-a-day diet, or toxic shock from the tampon she'd finally figured out how to use?

Edgar wasn't a skater, a punk, a jock, a geek, or a nerd.

He was just depressed, and he hadn't found that clique yet.

Andrew's looming bar mitzvah represented his two greatest fears: public speaking and his parents finding out that he wasn't popular. Unfortunately, the odds of him successfully addressing a crowd (in Hebrew!) were only slightly higher than his ability to dig up fifty kids who would willingly attend.

Helen didn't enjoy spending the last day of summer vacation updating her parents' Web site. Just because she didn't have a boyfriend or a blow-dryer didn't mean she didn't have better things to do.

Dear Diary:

I can't believe school starts tomorrow. Before I know it, I will be at Harvard. Though college is still years away, I have already begun studying vocabulary for my SATs. I am not oblivious to the fact that diaries are vestiges of an earlier time. Perhaps I am a Luddite.

I love you, Diary Annalise

Marissa awoke to a self-tanning disaster. This was so not the "back to school" look she'd spent all summer masterminding.

Edgar knew his mother was just trying to "help," but her volunteering to drive car pool was insufferable. Nobody said a word except his mother, whose loud voice reverberated through the car like a wet cat in a trash can. It was all so depressing.

Andrew knew Caitlin Hicks was the sort of girl who didn't know mandel bread from a matzo ball. His mother would never approve. He was in love.

Caitlin couldn't believe Marissa was still blabbering on about her "tan." Yes, it was very, very bad, but there was only so much one could say on the subject. And besides, Marissa was just the sidekick. It's not like anyone really cared.

"Where's Zac Efron, where's James Van Der Beek, where's Jordan Catalano?" Joey asked himself after passing the pathetic population of pimpled pre-pubes while he searched for his locker. And then he saw him like a beacon in the night: Tobey Diggs. Thank God.

Despite a rough morning, Annalise was still optimistic about the new year.

Helen had no problem finding her group at lunch. Cyber-camp was good, but this was even better.

"Good afternoon, ladies, I'm Ms. Patterson. I'm not interested in your mental problems, your family problems, your social problems, or your monthly problems. Get ready to run, ladies, 'cause there ain't nowhere to hide."

Marissa crumpled up her "doctor's" note as Ms. Patterson introduced herself.

Cyrus was the kind of kid who spent his whole childhood having his lunch money stolen. But after being left behind for the third straight year, he was finally big enough to be the kind of kid who stole other kids' lunch money. Life was beautiful that way.

Joey hadn't realized that man-snack Tobey Diggs was captain of the football team. Wow. Game on, Pop.

Dear Diary:

My first day of school was emphatically frustrating. Call me captious, but the boys are scurrilous, the girls are sadistic, and my homeroom teacher is a harridan. All in all, the day was without the gravitas I had so anticipated. But, I am of a sanguine disposition and know tomorrow will be better.

Ciao-Diary Annalise

Marissa was getting a stress pimple. School had barely started and Caitlin already had a hot boyfriend. Marissa would kill just to talk to Tobey Diggs, let alone be his girlfriend. Maybe if she lost another few pounds?

Mrs. Baker couldn't stomach girls like Annalise Glassman this early in the morning. How should she break it to her that one night of Jell-O shots and quarters and it would be Chico State and a dead-end career as a school guidance counselor?

Edgar barely recognized his mother's voice through the choking sobs.

And, of course, he wasn't allowed to ask her what she was doing in his room reading his Facebook page. Instead he was in the loathsome position of having to reassure her that he was just kidding about hating her, about having no "real" friends, and about wishing he'd get hit by a Mack truck before she forced him to the school dance on Saturday

Andrew just said "hi" to Caitlin. She wondered, did he mean "hi" or did he mean "hi"? And why was dorky Andrew Rabbinowitz saying "hi" to her anyway?

Joey's father had been so right. Football was fun.

Dear Diary:

What a calamitous course of events. Mrs. Huchel caught me writing in my journal during homeroom. I was banished from the class and await my castigation among a throng of idlers, imps, and wastrels. I am perturbed, about the effect this will have on my academic record and overwrough at being ogled by the miscreant to my left. -A.

"Why not let Marissa take the fall?" thought Caitlin as she let out a silent "crowd fart" and moved casually away from the table. It served Marissa right for eyeballing her boyfriend and for eating all that disgusting cafeteria macaroni and then complaining about how fat she was five minutes later.

Marissa got so caught up in Cosmo's "Rate Your Self-Esteem" quiz, she totally forgot to watch American Idol. Whatever. She was so hungry, she probably wouldn't have enjoyed it anyway.

That Helen should be mocked for being fat when someone like Marissa Cruz was running around free was inexplicable. Helen knew none of this would matter ten years from now, when she was an executive in Silicon Valley and Marissa was a manicurist in suburban Maryland. But it still stung sometimes.

Andrew was too busy studying his haftarah to notice Cyrus cheating off his French pop quiz. When Madame Le-Fargue realized Cyrus's answers were all in Hebrew, she failed him. But of course it was Andrew who really got screwed. Merde.

Dear Diary:

My classmates are really an insidious bunch. I try to maintain my equanimity but my moods are mercurial, and detention is barbaric. You, dear Diary, are my only form of catharsis.


Marissa spent two hours putting on her makeup only to have PF for second period. Ugh. What a waste of her morning magic.

Tobey Diggs said "See you later" to Joey! Did he mean "See you later" ... or "See you later"?

"Why don't you want to come over and play with him?" Edgar's mother shouted accusingly as his fellow carpoolees slunk deeper into their seats. "You think you're too good for him, you thoughtless, self-involved, spoiled little brats?"

"Jesus," thought Edgar. "I must have been, like, Genghis Khan or Mussolini in my past life."

Dear Diary:

I think I will walk to school tomorrow. My antipathy toward Edgar Needleman's mother is ineffable. She is porcine, gauche, and vociferous. I am glad she is not my mother. The car is dilapidated and fetid. I now have an abysmal fear of car pool. -A.

"Do you need any maxi pads from the market?" Helen's mother asked, as if it were no big deal, in front of her father! That was IT.

It was bad when Tobey Diggs called Caitlin at 11:05 pm. It was worse when her mother found out he was sixteen. Caitlin loved Tobey. Caitlin hated her mother. Things would end badly.

From: Caitlin

To: Marissa

My "mother" said if I ever see Tobey again she'll pull me out of school and toss me to the lesbos at Saint Agatha's. I'm taking the 11:42 bus to Hollywood. I'll get rich and famous and never give my mother a penny. Wish me luck!

Fro: Marissa

To: Caitlin

Don't go! What if you are abducted on the bus and get forced into teenage prostitution? Tobey isn't worth it.

From: Caitlin

To: Marissa

OMG!!!! Andrew Rabbinowitz just IM'd to ask me to be his bar mitzvah date. Is he kidding? Does he honestly think we're like equals or something?

BTW, is he really rich?

Once word got around that Beyoncé would be performing at Andrew Rabbinowitz's bar mitzvah, it seemed like the whole class came out to celebrate his spiritual passage into manhood. "Funny," Andrew thought as he recited his final chapter on spiritual enlightenment among a sea of his admiring classmates, "money actually does buy happiness." Caitlin trampled the crowd as Beyoncé rocked the Hava Nagila. That was her boyfriend!

"Life is so unfair," thought Marissa. "Now Andrew is in love with Caitlin too?" When would it be her turn to shine? When would she be loved?

Madonna had to be the busiest woman alive, and yet, at fifty, she always looked so fresh and cheerful. So why, Caitlin wondered, did her thirty-seven-year-old mother look so wrinkled and faded? Should she suggest Botox, or would that just get her into more trouble?

It was that dreaded time in the semester when Mr. Perez had to repeatedly say the word "vagina" to a class of teenagers. Jesus, did he hate this job.

All Annalise heard was the burst of laughter as she slammed, face first, into the glass partition. Who the hell designed this place anyway? What were the chances anyone would ask her to the school dance after that performance? ZERO!

Edgar knew the world was cruel when he was assigned Helen Murvis as his English partner. But, as the two reenacted the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, the mocking giggles turned to stunned silence. They were great. As the class erupted in cheers, Edgar knew that things would be different from now on. He was in love.

Dear Diary:

I am enervated by this horrible place. I slog through the halls feeling ambivalent about my future. School is the leviathan of joy suckers.

Apathetically yours, Annalise

Gucci and Prada and Juicy, oh my!

"Another one bites the dust," thought Mrs. Baker as she eyed the narrowing distance between Annalise Glassman and Cyrus Lester. "So long SAT, helloooo GED."

Andrew closed his eyes and breathed in the sweet aroma of Caitlin's MAC berry lip stain, Bumble and Bumble shampoo, and Jo Malone Wild Fig & Cassis perfume. How could his mother not approve of such a girl? They were one and the same.

Joey was devastated to see Tobey at the dance with Marissa Cruz. God, she was sooo tacky with her bogus tan and fake Louis Vuitton bag. If that's what Tobey was looking for, he was SO over him.

Much to Helen's surprise, Edgar gave off a spicy aroma of peanut butter and Ruffles. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either.


Excerpted from Appetite for Detention by Sloan Tanen Copyright © 2008 by Sloane Tanen. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    Here's a funny book about first few days of school. It's funny and clever and and sarcastic and witty. Its a parody of high school with baby chicks. The pictures are amazing. Be sure to check this one out...even if it's just for the pictures which will make you laugh.

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  • Posted November 22, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for

    I laughed so hard reading APPETITE FOR DETENTION that everyone in my house thought I'd gone insane. (Okay, yes, they regularly think that anyway, but whatever.) This is one book where the pictures literally are worth a thousand words, even though there are words included. <BR/><BR/>The life of high school is rendered in all its glory (or, actually, its horror) by chicks. Yes, chicks, the fuzzy yellow things that hatch from eggs. It's really not as stupid as it sounds, I promise. <BR/><BR/>There's the Princess, the geek, the Jewish kid worrying about his Bar Mitzvah, the depressed guy, the girl obsessed with dieting, the horrible self-tanning accident, the Physical Education class, the lunch room, the football game - basically, it's all there. And it is laugh-out-loud hilarious. <BR/><BR/>The photographs are amazing. Each student is represented by a particular chick, and it becomes easy within the first few pages to identify who is who even without reading the storyline. Although the words make up the story, it's the photos, with their intricate and amazing details, that make this book a real winner. <BR/><BR/>And it's not just for teens. Any adult will find the fun in APPETITE FOR DETENTION, whether you're reliving your high school days or just looking for some really good entertainment. You really want to pick up a copy of this book, even if your entire family does end up thinking you're insane.

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