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Overview

Jenna Conrad, Peter Altmann, Melanie Andrews, Jesse Jones, Nicole Brewster, Miguel del Rios, Leah Rosenthal, and Ben Pipkin form a very close group when they are brought together by tragedy. But they couldn't be more different from each other! Two devout Christians, a cheerleader, a dark, brooding type, a football player, and a nerd, not to mention the others, make up this diverse group. Join them as they grow together in friendship and in faith. Readers will delight in the first two titles in this inspirational new series:

Get a Life: Clearwater Crossing #1

Kurt Englbehrt, a linebacker on the Clearwater Crossing High football team, has been diagnosed with leukemia. To help raise money for medical bills, the students at CCHS are putting on a carnival. Jenna Conrad and her best friend, Peter Altmann, form an unexpectedly tight group with the other volunteers and the carnival is a wonderful success. But just when everything seems to be going so well, Kurt dies. The tragedy devastates Jenna, Peter, and their friends, and they struggle with the question of why the Lord must take away.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What if the students at Sweet Valley High went to church and took the sermons to heart? The result may be something like the Clearwater Crossings series, which is being launched with this mildly spicy but essentially wholesome page-turner. Eight students at Clearwater Crossings High are thrown together when they operate a booth at a school-wide fund-raiser for a classmate with leukemia. Cheerleader Melanie has as much poise as beautybut tragedy mars her home; football player Jesse is determined to date her, never mind that impressionable Nicole who reads magazines for tips on popularity is trying to catch his eye. Other familiar types are also on board a brainy, outspoken girl; a handsome youth with an air of secret sorrow; an outright geek and the romantic complications are equally well worn. The twist comes with protagonists Peter and Jenna, nicknamed the God Squad because of their genuine religiosity. Being devout here has more to do with acts of charity and basic decency than with theology; Jenna and Peter's denomination, for example, remains unspecified, and no one, including the author, proselytizes. Other characters profess atheism, and while it's a good bet that at least one will become a believer by the end of the series, there's enough of a spectrum and a sufficiently light hand with the religious theme to engage a variety of readers. Primarily soapish, this offers a little substance along with the suds. The next installment, Reality Check, is also due in April. Ages 12-up. Apr.
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Gr 7 Up-While there may not be much plot here, there's a lot of character development. A group of teenagers meet when they volunteer to work at a high-school carnival in order to raise money for Kurt, a fellow student suffering from cancer. Beautiful Melanie is sought after by the rather egotistical Jesse. Melanie's secret is that her mother died in a car crash and her grief-stricken father has become an alcoholic. Nicole is starving herself to the point of anorexia in order to attract Jesse, but he is not interested in her. Peter and Jenna, best friends, are active in their church. Peter works with a group of disadvantaged children on Saturdays. Jenna secretly has a passion for Miguel, who is aloof. Leah, smart and confident, breaks Miguel's shell and discovers that his father died of cancer a year ago. Finally, there's Ben, a guy anxious to make friends, funny and nice, but definitely not on anyone's list of cool people. After Kurt tragically dies in an automobile accident, the group decides to raise money in his name. As the first of a series, the characters seem genuine and teens will enjoy them. The book just reads like the start of a new TV soap.-Jo-Anne Weinberg, Greenburgh Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553571189
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Series: Clearwater Crossing Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Peyton Roberts is the author of numerous books for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California.
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"Wow, it's crowded!" Jenna exclaimed when she and Peter stepped through the open cafeteria doors. It was surprising to see so many students staying after school voluntarily, no matter how good the reason. "Where do you want to sit?"

Peter shrugged. "You pick. Anywhere's fine with me."

Jenna wove through the long crowded tables until she found two places near the front of the room.

She and Peter had just taken their seats when the meeting was called to order by Hank Lundgreen.

"Okay, people, listen up!" Hank bellowed from behind a podium brought in for the occasion. The school hadn't provided a microphone, but from what Jenna had heard so far, that wasn't going to be a problem. "We've got a lot to do this afternoon, so sit down and let's get to it."

Hank paused maybe three seconds, barely long enough for anyone still left standing to drop to the floor, before resuming his address. "Okay. First, thanks for coming out today. The team's put a lot of planning into this carnival, but we wouldn't be able to pull it off without the help of the cheerleaders and the support of all of you."

A wild, spontaneous cheer sounded from the left side of the cafeteria. Jenna turned her head to see the cheerleaders gathered there, sitting with the football team.

"So, here's the deal," Hank continued. "Everything's all planned. We've already figured out all the booths and rides and ordered what we need. We're getting a free ad in the Clearwater Herald, and I think the local TV news is going to pick us up too. We're expecting a huge crowd, so now we need to man those booths."

There was a loud, disapproving hiss from the cheerleaders.

"What?" Hank protested: "Oh, come on. Woman the booths? Person the booths, all right?"

The cheerleaders applauded.

"Anyway," Hank continued, shaking his head, "there's a player or a cheerleader or both in charge of every concession. I'm going to call the booth leaders up here one at a time to say what they're working on and how many helpers they need. If you want to volunteer for that booth, stand up. The booth leaders will pick out the people they need, then take their groups outside to discuss the details. Okay? Any questions?"'

No one said anything.

"All right, then." Hank consulted a wrinkled sheet of notebook paper. "Josh Stockton."

Jenna watched as Josh swaggered up to the podium. His size was amazing for a high-school kid, and he was clearly proud of it. "I've got security," he announced importantly. "I only need a couple more guys, because we're using mostly players. Big guys," he corrected as boys leapt to their feet like crazy to grab that prestigious assignment.

"I guess that lets me out," Peter quipped to Jenna. He clenched his fists and tightened all the muscles in his skinny torso, as if showing off a bodybuilder's physique.

"You're as tall as he is," Jenna returned loyally.

Peter laughed. "I'm sure they're dying to have me on security, but I'd rather do something with you." Josh eventually selected two imposing candidates, then herded his group out of the cafeteria.

Hank consulted his list again. "Jesse Jones!"

A tall, brown-haired guy Jenna couldn't remember seeing before took the podium, along with Melanie Andrews, the new sophomore cheerleader.

"Melanie and I have the main food concession," Jesse announced. "We'll be cooking and serving hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as chips and lemonade. We're going to be busy all day, so we'll need six people. Any volunteers?"

Out of the corner of her eye, Jenna saw a girl with blond hair spring eagerly to her feet, her arm stretched high in the air. No one else stood up.

"Yeah, okay, Nicole. Anyone else?" The confident expression on Jesse's face eroded somewhat as he looked repeatedly back and forth across the room for additional volunteers. No one else was standing. Jenna glanced at Melanie Andrews. The popular blonde usually seemed too cool to let anything faze her, but now her exceptionally pretty face was starting to mirror the strain on Jesse's. And there was still nobody standing. Jenna was glad Kurt wasn't there to see such a lack of enthusiasm.

"No one else wants to volunteer because cooking hamburgers is probably the worst job they've got," she whispered to Peter. "Hot and greasy and plain hard work."

Peter nodded. "I know. Want to do it?"

At times like this Jenna remembered why Peter was her best friend. "Sure," she said with a smile.

Peter and Jenna stood up.

"Oh, good." Jesse was clearly relieved. "Come on up, you two."

They had just finished crossing to join their new group when someone else stood up. "Okay. You," Jesse called gratefully, pointing.

"I've seen that girl before," Peter whispered to Jenna as the new volunteer walked toward them. "What's her name again?"

Jenna tried to remember. The most recent addition was tall and willowy, with shoulder-length brown hair and light olive skin. She crossed the room gracefully, her head held high. "I think it's Leah," Jenna whispered back.

"Great! Thanks, Miguel," Jesse said loudly, causing Jenna's attention to whip back to the podium.

Was it possible? It was! She hadn't even seen him in the room, but now Miguel del Rios was coming to join them.

What incredible luck! Jenna thought, an ache in her cheeks from smiling too hard. This must be my reward for doing the right thing!

"Hi," Miguel whispered to them all as he reached the growing group.

"We need one more person here," Jesse announced. "Come on, people, this is for Kurt."

"I'll do it!" a boy's voice piped up. "I'll join."

The group turned in unison to see its final member--a nerdy-looking kid with straight blond hair parted down the middle and thick horn-rimmed glasses. He looked at least two years younger than any of the rest of them and he stumbled clumsily as he made his way through the tables, tripping repeatedly over feet, books, and backpacks.

"Oh, perfect," Jenna heard the girl named Nicole mutter under her breath. "It's Screech from Saved by the Bell."

"Screech is taller," Miguel whispered back.

The girl smiled appreciatively. "And a snappier dresser."

"Hi!" the kid said when he finally reached their group. He thrust his right hand out in front of him, a shy, embarrassed smile on his face. "I'm Ben Pipkin."

Everyone froze and stared in horror--everyone but Peter. "Hi, Ben," he said, stepping forward to shake Ben's hand. "I'm Peter. And this is my best friend, Jenna."

"Leah Rosenthal," the tall girl said, stepping forward to shake as well.

"Miguel del Rios." Miguel didn't shake.

They all turned expectantly to the blonde. "Nicole Brewster," she said automatically, barely looking at them. Her almost unnaturally blue eyes were fixed instead on Jesse and Melanie, who were just walking over to the group.

"Okay, everyone. Thanks for helping," Jesse said. The way he looked Ben over while he said it seemed to imply he wasn't too sure about his final volunteer.

Jenna felt a stab of sympathy for Ben. He hadn't even said anything yet, and half the group was already against him. Ben wasn't the coolest guy Jenna had ever seen--and he certainly wasn't the smoothest--but he still deserved a chance. Jenna decided to be extra nice to him, to compensate for the others.

"Let's go outside," Melanie suggested. "There's a good spot behind the cafeteria."



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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    very good

    Young adult with christian themes

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    I LOVE CLEARWATER CROSSING!!!

    These books were some of the best I have ever read. I read all 20, and I wish there were more in the series. I recommend these to any teenage girl. I have to say that they related very close to things that happen in my life!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Amazing Plot

    I love how this book really introduces us to the characters , about to buy the next book now . I just can't get enough.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    NOOK REVIVAL

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Whooooooo

    I loves this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Love it

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    AMAZING BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    I think this would be a great book for teenage girls.

    However I am not a teenage girl. I read the first 50 pages. Seem to be well written. The setup is somewhat slow, but I knew it was not going to be a book I would get through from the first page. However I liked the christian style writing. I will keep this book in my libary to lend via nookfriends. From what I read I think this series would be good reading for teenagers or young adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Alright

    This book felt more like an introduction with very little plot. The characters are likeable, but I was glad when the book came to an end. This has potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    Great book

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    Best book ever

    This is the best book ever because it is so dramatic i love it!!!!!!!!!!!""

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Like this book

    I like the book but it has long chapters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Amazing

    This book was absolutely amazing, the entire series is. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and keeps you wondering what will happen next. I couldn't wait to have time to read the next book in the series the entire time I was reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2004

    You Must Read!!!!!!!!

    let me tell u,I had this book on my bookshelf for 2 years, and one day I just started reading it. I am so glad I did. I can really relate to the characters, and you'll feel like your're part of the group. I like how Roberts has everyones POV, and how they feel.This is like SVH but better. This book is funny, sad and very inspirational. and I think you'll get something out of it, like I did :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2001

    Great Series!

    I seriously hate to read, and I always have, but the Clearwater Crossing series is so great! The characters go though real things like real teenagers, and they are all so different, so any type of teen (popular, unpopular, or in the middle) will enjoy them! I plan on buying and reading the entire series!!! I finish one of these in one day because I just can't wait to see what happens next! A definite must-read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    Clearwater Crossing ROCKS!!!!!

    I have read Clearwater Crossing Series books #1-10 and they are all execlent. I highly recommend this series to any teenager who needs a book that they can relate to. This series is awesome how Laura mixes Christian kids with non-Christian kids and shows how they get through their everyday trials. This series is very realistic. I can't wait to read the next books as they come out!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Could u help me

    I am trying to find FREE christian books but there are not many if u could recomend anything that would be great thanks ~ DIVERGENT913

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Shaun

    Y he mad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Shaun

    I look at u

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Alex

    "Ace im sorry." (Plz read my post at camp. U too shaun.)

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