Messed Up

Messed Up

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by Janet Nichols Lynch
     
 

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A fifteen-year-old Mexican American has experienced a series of tough breaks before finding himself completely on his own. He decides to try to keep his lack of a home a secret from his school while working hard and staying out of trouble.

Janet Nichols Lynch, born and raised in Sacramento, California, is the author of ten books. Her upcoming YA novel MY…  See more details below

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A fifteen-year-old Mexican American has experienced a series of tough breaks before finding himself completely on his own. He decides to try to keep his lack of a home a secret from his school while working hard and staying out of trouble.

Janet Nichols Lynch, born and raised in Sacramento, California, is the author of ten books. Her upcoming YA novel MY BEAUTIFUL HIPPIE (Holiday House, 2013) is set in the Haight-Ashbury during 1967-8. RACING CALIFORNIA (Holiday House 2012) is about the Amgen Tour of California, the most prestigious professional cycling stage race in the U.S. Her other works include three other YA novels, ADDICTED TO HER (Holiday House 2010), MESSED UP (Holiday House, 2009) and PEACE IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD (Heyday, 2005), a mainstream novel CHEST PAINS (Bridge Works, 2009), a short story collection, WHERE WORDS LEAVE OFF MUSIC BEGINS (iUniverse, 2004), two nonfiction books about music for young readers, AMERICAN MUSIC MAKERS: An Introduction to American Composers (Walker, 1990) and WOMEN MUSIC MAKERS: An Introduction to Women Composers (Walker, 1992), and the juvenile novel CASEY WOOSTER'S PET CARE SERVICE (Atheneum, 1993).


In 1976, Janet began her writing career as a cycling journalist, reporting for Competitive Cycling, Bike World, Bicycling, Women's Sports, and Young Athlete. In 1984 her first published short story appeared in The New Yorker, and since then her fiction has been included in Seventeen, The San Joaquin Review, The Baltimore Review, Confrontation, Writer's Forum, and the anthology of California writers Highway 99: a Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley. For the past thirteen years, Janet has read her fiction on Valley Public Radio's (KVPR, Fresno and KVPX Bakersfield FM 89.3)Valley Writers Read, hosted by Franz Weinschenk.


Janet received a B.A. in Music from California State University, Sacramento, a Master of Music Degree in Piano from Arizona State University, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno, where she won the 2003 Outstanding Thesis Award for the College of Arts and Humanities. Her YA novel MESSED UP won an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a VOYA Top of the Top Shelf for Middle Grade Fiction. She has taught music at De Anza College and Skyline College and music and English at College of the Sequoias; English at Divisadero Middle School, and currently she teaches English and World History at El Diamante High School. She competes in marathons and triathlons and has raced bicycles and cycle-toured in the U.S. and Europe. Recently she completed her first Half Ironman. She lives in Visalia with her husband, Timothy; they have two grown children Caitlin and Sean.

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ISBN-13:
2940016330938
Publisher:
Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date:
03/21/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
315 KB

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Messed Up 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
R.D. never knew his father, and his mother is in prison. He was raised by his grandmother, but she up and left him with her boyfriend, Earl, so she could run off with a hairy truck driver. R.D. has promised to clean up his act and get through the eighth grade this year for sure, but it's the first day of school and things aren't starting off very well since he's suspended for fighting by lunch time. Earl tries to keep R.D. out of trouble and encourages him to stick with it at school, but he has some serious health issues dating back to his exposure to Agent Orange during his time in Vietnam. Ever since R.D.'s grandmother left, Earl has been having more frequent attacks that leave him gasping for breath and sending R.D. in search of his inhaler. Just a few short weeks into the school year, R.D. gets off the bus and discovers Earl on the bathroom floor, dead. With no way to contact his grandmother and no one else to turn to, R.D. decides to try to handle things himself. He deals with the funeral home people, handles the questions from nosy neighbors, and manages through trial and error to keep himself fed and the bills paid. Surprisingly, this forced independence turns R.D. into a more reliable student at school and has him learning things about life he never would have thought possible. MESSED UP by Janet Nichols Lynch is a heart-warming and riveting read. R.D. starts out as an underachieving, gangster wannabe who turns his life around through handwork and determination. Readers will learn right along with him as he deals with the everyday, practical aspects of survival. He learns to shop for groceries and clothes and teaches himself how to cook and clean. For someone who pretty much let the world just happen around him, he takes on the challenge of making his own way and succeeds. MESSED UP is an excellent addition to any library or classroom collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ya
bookmarkAB More than 1 year ago
awsome i can toataly relate to it. its true life fo real
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