Get a Life (Clearwater Crossing Series #1)

Get a Life (Clearwater Crossing Series #1)

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by Laura Peyton Roberts

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
School Library Journal
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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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Clearwater Crossing Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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."

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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Get a Life (Clearwater Crossing Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young adult with christian themes
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how this book really introduces us to the characters , about to buy the next book now . I just can't get enough.
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~ ~ • • ____ AMAZING BOOK
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good, quick read. The story was interesting, fast paced and held attention. I've only read this first book of the series but this will be a series I recommend to my teens. There are several characters with their own personalities and backgrounds, which makes the story very easy for any teenager to relate to. I really appreciate the characteristics and actions that come into play. There wasn't any unbelievable teen drama, just reality that everyone has a different upbringing, past, current status, belief- and they can work together despite all of that and even accomplish really great things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should reading courting the clearwaters. Im a christian teen and i adored it.
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LAWonder More than 1 year ago
This was a great YA book! There were places in the story where one felt he/she had slipped into a different story. The author attempted to set the stage of several individuals and his/her family's interchanges. It wasn't a smooth transition between scenes and at times one felt a little lost. However, the author was able to bring the reader back into the story. This was the first of a new YA series. It portrays eight different individuals in, mostly, separate social groups, with little in common, come together at school for a worthy cause. It is, also, the tale of how this group implausibly became friends. Plus, in this first book of the series, it alludes to how each individual's dreams rarely turns out as he/she wants them to. It relays how often what we truly desire is in conflict with what another desires at the same time. High School is such a cray time of life, filled with turmoil, emotions, and self discovery. As shown in these writings all youth mature in a different way in different stages. It is clean and parents can comfortably know what their youth is reading is totally good material. Key Points I derived: Adolescent interaction, Individual beliefs, Grief, Vanity, Peer Pressure, Functional/Dysfunctional families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it weird i like Jesse? Great book for teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait to read the next one. This book made me cry smile giggle and i just enjoyed every minute of it. These teenagers all having different tragic backgrounds coming together and i dont want to spoil it youll have to read the book. It makes you realize just how lucky you can be in life. READ IT!!!!!
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It was an amazing book!! I loved how the author mixed romance with religion :) a great book about good samaritains!!! :)