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Orca Book Publishers. Juice Eric Walters. Responsible Darlene Ryan. Hannah's Touch Laura Langston. Rock Star Adrian Chamberlain. Scum James C.

Learning To Fly

Back cover copy The train swings around the curve. Noise and wind swallow me. I jump. Jason is on outsider. Trying hard to fit in, Jason falls in with the wrong crowd and ends up in trouble with the police.

Jason finds he needs to fight to belong. Does he have what it takes to make this new place his home? Review quote "There's a lot to think about in this small book. It might even be a book read to the end by kids who don't like to read. Rating details. Our customer reviews Jason is seventeen. He spends most of his time helping his immigrant mother run their Chinese deli at the mall.

Orca Soundings, short high-interest novels with contemporary themes

His chief complaint about working there, besides the fact that he works for free, is that people don't look at him when they stop to place an order. Just because he is Chinese it's like they expect him to speak broken English and not have a brain. Shortly after the family arrived in the U. His mother is constantly urging him to make friends at school and bring them home with him. But there are two problems with that: 1 no one at school is interested in a friendship with an oddball like Jason, and 2 when he does finally bring a few buddies home, his mother doesn't approve.

Jason's few acquaintances help him discover that a little bit of pot certainly helps make his life more bearable. He knows his mother would never approve, but she doesn't pay enough attention for it to be a real problem.

As his frustration with working at the deli for nothing and taking the odd twenty dollar bill from his mother's purse becomes more of a hassle, Jason thinks maybe becoming a dealer would offer enough money and product to keep him satisfied. However, this new deal also comes with complications, and they might be more than Jason can handle. His characters and their life struggles ring true and are likely to connect well with teen readers.