Names Will Never Hurt Meby Jaime Adoff
During one day at school, the paths of four teens will cross in ways they never imagined. There's Kurt, the "freek" who tries desperately to escape bullying; Tisha, who doesn't feel she fits in with anyone; Ryan, the football jock who rules the hallways while losing control of his life; and Floater, who uses his connections to gain dangerous power. On this day, teasing, racism, loneliness, and secrets bring each of them to the breaking point. Now they must help each other prevent a tragedy. The voices of these four teens weave together in prose-poetry to create a powerful read.
Valerie O. Patterson
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
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- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Jaime Adoff was born in New York City but grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central State University in Ohio, where he studied drums and percussion. Moving to New York City in 1990, he attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied drums and voice. Jaime then went on to pursue a career in songwriting and fronted his own rock band for eight years. He released two CD’s of his own material and performed extensively in New York City and throughout the US.
He is the author of the "all ages" original poetry collection "The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth": A Celebration of Music,(2002)(Downloadable at audible.com 08') which was a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor book,(2003) an IRA Notable book (2003), A NY Public Library book for the teenage(2003), a VOYA poetry pick (2002) and a CCB Best Book for 2002.
The critically acclaimed "Names Will Never Hurt Me" (2004) was his first young-adult novel and almost instantly became a MUST HAVE for teens around the country. In 2005 it was named a NY Public Library book for the teenage, and was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults.
"Jimi & Me" (2005) was the recipient of the 2006 CORETTA SCOTT KING/JOHN STEPTOE NEW TALENT AUTHOR AWARD.
It was named as a 2006 YALSA QUICK PICK FOR RELUCTANT READERS, A 2006 NY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK FOR THE TEENAGE and was selected to the VOYA TOP SHELF FICTION LIST FOR 2005.
It received a *starred* review from LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION and was cited as "an exceptional story" and "a tremendous addition to any collection" by VOYA magazine.
Jaime's latest young adult novel "The Death of Jayson Porter" received the 2010 BuckeyeTeen Book Award. It received *Starred Reviews from *Booklist*, *Library Media Connection*, and *VOYA* magazine,(5Q). It was also selected for the 09' "Choose to read Ohio program." A project of the State Library of Ohio, to promote reading across Ohio. As well as an Ohioana Book Award finalist in the Juvenile category.
His first picture book "Small Fry"(NOV 08) was cited as "Cathartic and Encouraging fun" by Kirkus Review.
Jaime is a highly sought after speaker, presenting across the country on teen issues, diversity, YA literature and Poetry. His Rock n Roll school visits have been knocking the socks off students and teachers alike, for years. Jaime has worked with students from Kindergarten through High School and even college and graduate students as well. Giving them all a "backstage- all access- pass" into the life, creative process, and works of one of the most groundbreaking, unique and innovative voices writing for children and teens today.
Jaime received his M.Ed. at Antioch University Midwest, in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 2013 and has been teaching English/Language Arts for the past three years in a nearby Ohio high school.
Jaime Adoff is the son of the late Newbery Award-winning author Virginia Hamilton and renowned poet Arnold Adoff.
Jaime lives in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
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Kurt, or better know as Freak, has always had problems at Rockville High School. Especially dealing with ostracism and bullying. There are two ways that he deals with his problems writing in a journal and listening to music. Floater a powerful student and he eyes and ears of the principal, knows everything about everyone. Tisha a biracial girl and her best friend are trying to overcome the racism and ostracism in the school. They are also trying to get enough courage to stand up to their own bullies that ruin their life. Ryan is the typical All-American football star, he has a perfect everything, except for his home life, but that¿s another story. At this high school everyone has their own problems and own situations, but you want to know one thing that they have in common, Secrets. Whose secret will come out, or better yet what secrets will ruin people¿s lives? This book was really good I think that a lot of people in high school or even middle school would enjoy this. It¿s a great book to relate to because everyone goes through their own problems in high school and they have things they need to overcome. The only bad thing about this book is that the switching of narrators makes it hard to understand. He would switch from one to another throughout the whole story but he would still get the point across. It was easier to understand when you got farther into the book. John Adoff¿s writing really reminds me of Caroline B. Cooney¿s. They both have books that are suspenseful and they have characters that are easy to relate to. They both write about real life situations that everyone can relate to somehow. The one thing that stood out to me in this book is how the characters show what they¿re feeling and what they thought of a situation. Even though they might not have done the right thing you could follow their thoughts and feeling. If you want to find out what I¿m talking about them you¿ll have to read this book.
I am a sophomore in high school. This was a good book, even though some of it was depressing. I would recommend this book to any high schooler or young adult who has bullying/emotional problems. It also addresses other minor problems. I don't think that I could relate to any character in this book. Just because I gave it a four doesn't mean that you won't give it a five. I hope you enjoy!!
This book meant a lot to me,because I can relate to being bullied.I loved this book!
I think this book was just wonderful. I was definately speechless I read from the very beginning to the very end in just one day. Pick up this book and fascinate yourself in a world where four kids who share different lives in the same school have to prevent a horrible tragedy that was so close to occuring. So I'm begging you, read it!!!
I love this book because it shows all the different minds of people in high school. It's a perfect high school drama because the ending was exactly like it would happen in real life.
I am a teenager in high school, and I felt like I could relate to each character in this book! I loved every minute of it. Names will never hurt me took me into a whole new world and let me walk the hallways of the school and see each incident happening. I enjoyed reading this book so much, I'm sure i'll end up reading it again!
this is an excellent book. i picked it up randomly and read it in 2 hours. most appropriate for high schoolers and up, the writing flows from one page to the next. you will become interested in the characters and have empathy for their situations. a good read.