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Driver's Ed

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Driver's Ed means a license which means freedom. Remy and Morgan can't wait. When they take a late-night joyride with someone who already has a license, they end up stealing a stop sign. Their innocent prank turns deadly, and Remy and Morgan share a painful secret. What do you do when you didn't mean it, but you can't change what's happened? An ALA Best Book and Quick Pick for Young Adults. Booklist Editors' Choice. HC: Delacorte Press.

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Overview

Driver's Ed means a license which means freedom. Remy and Morgan can't wait. When they take a late-night joyride with someone who already has a license, they end up stealing a stop sign. Their innocent prank turns deadly, and Remy and Morgan share a painful secret. What do you do when you didn't mean it, but you can't change what's happened? An ALA Best Book and Quick Pick for Young Adults. Booklist Editors' Choice. HC: Delacorte Press.

Three teenagers' lives are changed forever when they thoughtlessly steal a stop sign from a dangerous intersection and a young mother is killed in an automobile accident there.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"With evocative, vigorous prose," Cooney writes of a night of thrill-seeking gone wrong when a young mother dies as a result of a prank by three teenagers. "As convincing as it is believable," praised PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Feb.)
The ALAN Review - Michaeline Chance-Reay
Two fifteen-year-old sweethearts, Remy Marland and Morgan Campbell, share the excitement of Driver's Education. They can't wait to get that all-important first driver's license. Rides through the countryside with their jaded teacher and various classmates inspire what they consider a harmless game. In reality it is an act of vandalism that ends in death. The adventure all too quickly has taken them from their innocent, invincible, childhood realm to the place called adulthood, where they are expected to be responsible for their actions. The tragedy brings out the worst and the best in both adolescents and adults. Their coping mechanisms reveal much. Caroline Cooney again tackles serious subjects while weaving a powerful plot together with realistic dialogue and characterization. Students ages twelve to eighteen, parents, and teachers would all learn from, and be moved by, this narrative.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Disinterested driver's ed teacher Mr. Fielding views his class as indistinguishable brainless clones. In order to keep them straight, he distributes name tags, and then calls out three lucky participants each day to go out on the road. Of course, the students are way ahead of him, and just exchange name tags whenever anyone wants a chance behind the wheel. Remy loves to drive, and she constantly trades tags with other girls. One night, she and a perspective love interest, Morgan, accept a class challenge to collect road signs, recruiting an older boy to drive. The expedition goes without a hitch- until they learn that a young mother has been killed at the intersection from which they have stolen a stop sign. The whole community is up in arms, and the grieving widower appears on TV with his son, offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals. Remy and Morgan are filled with remorse and guilt as their lives are turned upside down. Mr. Fielding, in a rare act of awareness, nearly accuses a different student of the crime because of the switched name tags. Both young people realize that they have to take responsibility for their actions and confess. Cooney uses her familiar fast-paced, conversational style throughout the novel. As the action intensifies, the sentences get shorter and more pointed. This stylistic device intensifies the drama and underlines the horror of the situation. Great literature this is not. However, the simple plot, told from Remy and Morgan's alternating viewpoints, is in no way simplistic, as it takes on sensitive issues and deals with them in a compelling manner. The overriding tension and the theme of an innocent prank backfiring into tragedy will attract teens and heighten the book's appeal.-Susan R. Farber, Chappaqua Library, NY
Stephanie Zvirin
Here's a novel that really sneaks up on you. The dust jacket calls to mind paperback horror fiction, but the teenagers in this provocative investigation of moral responsibility don't turn into vampires or go berserk and attack their classmates. They do, however, cause a horrible death. Driver's ed class is pretty much of a joke. Mr. Fielding zones out when he's in the school car, and he's never sure who's behind the wheel. Even so, Remy Marland thinks driver's ed is great. It gives her a chance to hone her driving skills (by taking other people's turns) and to moon over Morgan Campbell. Morgan also likes driver's ed. For him, it's the perfect place to read car magazines, look at girls, and moon back. When the two agree to a nighttime escapade to rip off some street signs, their hormones and the thrill of the risk get in the way of their judgment. The subsequent death of a young woman, killed at an intersection from which they stole a stop sign, profoundly tests their feelings for one another and their ties with their families. The substance of the novel develops rather slowly. It's prefaced by some wry, irresistible scenes that replicate the exquisite tortures of high-school crushes while setting the stage for the tragedy. Then, with graceful ease, Cooney slips back and forth from Remy to Morgan, to give readers a glimpse of the different ways the teenagers handle their nightmarish burden and their families'--especially their mothers'--reactions. A poignant, realistic novel, with nicely drawn characters and a vintage metaphor that's actually refreshing: a driver's license (not first sex) is the "ticket out of childhood."
From the Publisher
“A wrenching, breathlessly paced plot and an adrenaline-charged romance make Cooney’s latest novel nearly impossible to put down. . . . This modern-day morality tale is as convincing as it is irresistible.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

“A poignant, realistic novel, with nicely drawn characters.”—Booklist, Starred

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

An ALA Quick Pick

A Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780756823
  • Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 199
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of Goddess of Yesterday (an ALA Notable Children’s Book); The Ransom of Mercy Carter; and The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA–CBC Children’s Choice). She lives in Westbrook, CT.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    it was ok...

    In the beginning, the book started off really slow and confusing. I did not really understand the whole purpose of the book until about the middle of it. It jumps from one person's view to another which can also get really confusing. Overall the book was pretty good, the characters were well written and well thought out. The story really tells you the reality of thinking before you decide to make a stupid choice just to look cool in front of your friends. It actually taught me alot about what happens if you vandalize and you are a minor. It also taught that skeletons always come out the closet eventually.
    The book taught me that even the smallest mistake can make a huge difference. It spoke to me and the next time i make a decision I will think of all of the consequences instead of just doing things mindlessly. Whether its a life or death situation or not. The writer was definitely trying to get across the reader's mind to think before you make a mindless mistake that could someone in trouble. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a different sort of story and anyone that likes to read adventurous books.


    mkelley

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Eh.....

    I do not like this book. It starts out really slow and the toward the middle a bad thing happens and then the book stops progressing.
    More and more guilt piles up and then every body turns against their selves.
    If you like books with happy endings DO NOT read this book. Nothing happy happens after chapter 10, and more and more... mutiny keeps happening.
    This is, and I am sorry, just an ugly combination of words in a desperate hope of being a mystery or a big hit.
    This is just tragedy after tragedy and guilt after guilt.
    I cannot give this book a good rating because all it did was make me run out of time and make me sorry I ever read the book.
    Zero stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    BORING

    The book was REALLY boring

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    recommended for new drivers and teenagers in general

    When Remy Marland is behind the wheel of a car, nothing else in the world mattered to her. Except for her crush, Morgan Campbell. Morgan was a very popular and good looking boy who went to school with Remy and was also in Driver's Ed with her.
    A few of the other kids in their class were talking about stealing signs, Remy and Morgan thought that it might be a fun thing to do. It was almost a first date for the two who both had a crush on each other, little did they know that their fun night would have a terrible consequence.

    There are many themes in this book; some of which include responsibility, guilt, consequence, accountability and forgiveness. I enjoyed this book because it was and easy read and it was thought provoking. Some things that were lacking might have been suspense and at times it was a bit dry. Overall though, i think that this is a must read for new drivers, because it may change the way you drive on the roads today Go get this book if you like romance and adrenaline.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    High School Summer Reading Requirement

    My son read this book as part of his summer reading requirement for freshman year of HS. He enjoyed it for the most part. He said it got dull in the middle(14 yo boy). He did say the book left an impression on him. He didn't realize what could happen to people if you stole a street sign.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2007

    Great!

    OMG, this is such a great book. Caroline B. Cooney did such a great job! The only part that was hard for me was that nothing much happened inthe book...it just kept building guilt, which was fine too...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    it was just incredible

    this book was amazing. and in the end it proved that every action has a consequence. It taught me to next time think ahead to what may happen before you act. It was an incredible story and i couldn't put it down. I'd reccomend it to anyone who's looking for a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Distress

    Uh... hi?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    America

    XD Runs there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Bree

    Hi!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Lunas

    STRANGER DANGER!!!! *RUNS TO AMERICA'S FAVORITE FOOD RES? 1*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    My name is Bree :D

    This book is pretty good so far.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    To arianas adventures

    Great story so far BUT if you are continuing at another book I WOULD ACTUALLY TELL PEOPLE WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO CONTINUE IT!!!!!!!!

    This message was approved by: Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, Jason Grace, Piper McLean, Frank Zhang, Hazel Levesque, and Leo Valdez.
    (P.S. Also Coach Hedge)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    To AA

    Where's the next part?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Review

    It was ok but a little confusing. You mixed up the their with there which is what made it confusing ,but it was okay.
    —ODd

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    To AA

    I agree with two below The Quest of Margo, Am, The Return, and Olympus story are better.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Alex to AA

    It was funny i think i kept lolingol lol lol alll the way through it lol lol lol and i dont lagh to easy

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Arianas adventures

    Hi my name is arianas stella. Im 12 years old . I have long curly brown hair and brown eyes. I live in new york with my dad my step mom and her two kids. My dad said my mom's real name is Hesita. He said she had to leave when i was born. I allways ask why and his response was if she stayed bad things will happen. So when my mom left my dad go married to a girl named Kate Ellis. She acted so sweet and nice to my dad and me then,they had my half brothers Trenton and Carson they are evil theyset my cats tail on fire. When i complain they act like it was a mistake and they didn't do it on purpose and i got in trouble for blaming it for it. Trenton and Carson look like Kate so they have short blonde hair and blue eyes. One the last day i spent their my brothers pulled of their biggest stunt yet setting my hole room on fire (every thing they do has fire in it). You will think they will get in trouble and have to put out the flames WRONG! I did becouse"i let them do it". Like they will even listen to me. I wasn't even their i was sleeping on the couch . First they kill my cat then my dog then my fish then last my room with fire and i ged blamed for it. I decides that im running away and im not coming back.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    A reviewer

    One mom described the book as having a storyline perfect for ¿an after-school special.¿ It involves a senator¿s son, a girl from an unconventional household, teen love, a burned-out teacher, death, a horrible secret and facing the consequences of one¿s actions. Most of our book club members thought the characters in Driver¿s Ed were two dimensional, and everyone agreed that both moms in the book were unrealistically portrayed. But we had a good discussion about actions that turn out to have dire consequences even though they seem harmless when you choose to do them. And we all got a chance to talk about our current experiences, with moms weighing in on frightening times in the passenger seat and daughters talking about parents ¿freaking them out¿ and making them nervous behind the wheel. It was fun to realize that most of our stories were similar. I would recommend reading Driver¿s Ed for the discussion it prompts rather than for the book itself.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    Great book!

    I really liked the book Drivers Ed by Caroline B. Cooney because I can relate to it and I understand it also I liked how Morgan and Remy understood each other also. I can relate to this book because I am around the same age as they were in the book. I am about to get my permit myself and I cannot wait and I know how they feel when they done that. I understood this book also. I understood how they felt in the book. I mostly knew how everyone felt. I understood what they went thorough and how they felt. In this book Remy and Morgan decided to go steal signs with some other kid. They take 3 street signs at night. They get the last sign and then head home. About 2 or 3 days later they see that the one stop sign that they took had killed someone. They didn¿t know what to do and they were afraid to get caught. You will have to read the book to see what happens because I don¿t want to ruin it for you. Basically I really liked this book. I recommend that you should read it. I makes you think before you do something that you know is wrong.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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