Hard Time by Julian F. Thompson

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“When we’re born, we’re sentenced to, like, life. And some of us—I’d be a prime example—are made to do hard time."

So says Annie Ireland, sentenced to a life of trying to live up to her parents’ never-ending expectations. For a long time the only person she can count on for unconditional support is her best friend, Arby, known to the horror and delight of many as “The Roach Boy.”

And then Pantagruel Primo, Esquire, comes into Annie’s life, and just like that, she has another friend, this one ageless and with special powers—and not looking like himself (at all), at first.

Suddenly, as a result of a story she writes for English class, Annie and her friends find themselves sentenced to five days in the county jail and then to an indefinite stay at the Back to Basics Center, a wilderness school for “problem” kids.

After a series of comic misadventures they manage to escape its bizarre, unpleasant clutches, and Annie comes to realize she’s unique and strong and lovable, and that it doesn’t matter what some other people think.

Delightfully ridiculous (but also timely), part fantasy and part real life, Hard Time is a humorous, sophisticated tale about one girl’s struggle to be who she is rather than the person some adults keep wanting her to become.

About Julian F. Thompson

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Thompson has been a high school teacher, a football coach, and a speechwriter for a U.S. Senate candidate.
Published June 11, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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decides that Annie is a threat to public safety, and a judge agrees, sentencing Annie and Primo to the county jail for five days (when Arby, her soulmate, stands up for her, he receives the same sentence, for contempt of court).

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Overall I would say it was a great film, I have already seen it twice, this was just something I felt about the film.

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Here it is, the final issue of the first story arc of Die Hard: Year One.

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