Grounded For Good by Dawn Daria

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Juggling enthusiast Daria delivers an entertaining tale aimed at promoting the publisher's goal of active learning through performing arts. The dialogue is occasionally stilted and a little mature for the characters' ages...However, the book's sense of joy and wonder makes up for these minor drawbacks.
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Sleeping late. Hanging with friends. Freedom.
Ah, Summer…

Derek Dawson couldn’t wait to finish middle school. Unfortunately, a heroic attempt to impress his classmates on the last bus ride home sends him right back to the principal’s office. He’s been in trouble before, but nothing like this.

Working for free. Musty books. Grounded.
Summer Ruined!

Derek's summer leaves him stuck at home, working at the family store, and “volunteering” at a library. Torture, until he meets a colorful crew of kids in the next town that help him uncover his hidden talents. Will Derek finally be able to prove to his parents that he’s more than just a trouble-maker?

I’ve never fit in before. Football’s not my thing, video games aren’t my thing.
But now…now I’ve found my thing.
 

About Dawn Daria

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Dawn Daria is an educator at heart. She has worked as a classroom teacher, museum educator, magnet program coordinator, and arts integration specialist. She loves to inspire students of all ages to step out of their comfort zones and discover new talents. She successfully stepped out of her own comfort zone by writing the first draft of this story in 30 days as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Originally from the Hudson Valley, she’s now a Carolina Girl. Learn more at DawnDaria.com
 
Published March 30, 2012 by Flow Circus, Incorporated. 234 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Jul 08 2013

Juggling enthusiast Daria delivers an entertaining tale aimed at promoting the publisher's goal of active learning through performing arts. The dialogue is occasionally stilted and a little mature for the characters' ages...However, the book's sense of joy and wonder makes up for these minor drawbacks.

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