Explore

Explore

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by Christy Goerzen
     
 

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When Mike Longridge gets in trouble yet again, he is given a choice: juvenile detention or an outdoor program called Explore. He chooses Explore, but he worries about how he can survive ten months with the hippies and keeners in the program. He is certain he will never get the hang of outdoor activities, and the only person who understands him is the other juvenile

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When Mike Longridge gets in trouble yet again, he is given a choice: juvenile detention or an outdoor program called Explore. He chooses Explore, but he worries about how he can survive ten months with the hippies and keeners in the program. He is certain he will never get the hang of outdoor activities, and the only person who understands him is the other juvenile delinquent in the program. Will Mike return to his trouble-making ways, or will he finally find a place to belong?

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
When Mike's dad faces tough times, he packs up and moves on. Mike has never learned to take responsibility for his actions because his father has never shown him how. Mike knows that when the bills began to pile up, they will soon be moving to a new town, a new school, and new friends—not that there have been many of those. The few friends that he has left behind have been the kind of friends that needed to be left behind. Mike never means to get in trouble. He just always seems to be around when trouble comes. Now, in this new town, Mike is ready to start again but there are actions in his past that have followed him here. The judge has offered him the opportunity to avoid juvenile hall by attending the activities of the Explore program. Adult counselors lead young people in team building and survival skills through camping, hiking, and skiing instruction. When Mike finally begins to feel comfortable with this gathering of people, he notices that the bills are piling up at home and he knows that his father is ready to move on. Accepting help from a new friend, Mike is able to face his dad and really communicate how he feels about the new life he has found here and about his reluctance to move on. This is a great story for teens that teaches self-acceptance as well as acceptance of others. Good and bad is not clearly defined in the characters but the reader will be able to discern those judgments for himself. This is a great older, middle grade reader through reluctant readers in high school. The pocket sized edition in paperback is perfect for tucking into backpacks and pants pockets. Part of the "Orca Currents" series. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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"Goerzen does a great job of making the story compelling and realistic...Well written, well paced and has just the right amount of complexity to maintain interest."
CM Magazine
"Teen readers will cheer for Mike's newfound confidence and assertiveness, and perhaps see some important lessons for positive changes they can make in their own lives…Explore has everything a good teen read needs and would be an especially good selection for reluctant readers who are interested in outdoor sports. Recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554696116
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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"All of these additions, like the carved benches, the trails, the firepits," Maggie said, "were made by other Explore classes."

"You'll leave a lasting impression too," said Rick.

Chris stretched and let out a massive yawn.

"Are we keeping you up, Chris?" Maggie said.

He leaned back, arms crossed. "When does this get fun? So far this whole crock is nothing to get excited about.

Twenty Granola faces spun around and stared at Chris. It's just not worth it to lip off in Explore. I had a feeling Chris didn't care.

Meet the Author

Christy Goerzen has been writing since the age of two, when she forced her parents to be the scribes for her long, convoluted stories about sheep and faeries. Passionate about everything to do with reading and writing, Christy holds a Master of Arts in Children's Literature from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a book reviewer, copywriter, marketing consultant, television writer, bookseller and writing mentor. She is currently the communications manager for the North Vancouver District Public Library, where she is blissfully surrounded by books and gets to work with the coolest children's librarians ever. She loves daydreaming, dancing in the kitchen, wearing costumes, and goofing off with family and friends. Born and raised on the West Coast, Christy lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her wonderful husband Joshua and two funny cats.

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