Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jaime Adoff

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In this gripping story, four very different teenagers reveal their deepest feelings and fears during a day in which the hurts and struggles of high school escalate dangerously. There's Kurt, the "freek" who listens to loud music, trying to escape the kids who bully him; Tisha, the girl who feels "out of place" because she's biracial; Ryan, the football star who rules the hallways but hides a terrible secret; and Floater, who wields power over students by acting as the principal's eyes and ears. As tensions rise and emotions reach the breaking point, will Kurt, Tisha, Ryan, and Floater be able to reach out to one another in time to prevent a tragedy?

About Jaime Adoff

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Jaime Adoff is the author of The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth, illustrated by Martin French. It is a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Honor Book, an IRA Young-Adult Fiction Honor Book, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.
Published April 1, 2004 by Dutton Juvenile. 150 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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On the first year anniversary of a shooting death at Rockville High, both the administration and the students are finding the day challenging.

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these in turn fuel Ryan's hatred of "losers" (in a broad hint to readers, the Colonel warns of danger and reminds Ryan, early on, to take his "just in case " to school).

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