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  • White Lightning

    White Lightning

    White Lightning Books addresses a wide variety of themes and interests in a narrow range of reading levels, no higher than a 2.5. Middle school is a time of self-discovery, high energy, and hormonal change. It can also be a time of self-assertion and defiance. Students who struggle to read will often not recover from low reading achievement in elementary school if their particular interests are not addressed. Encouragement and finding the theme to “hook” them is key. There is a broad range of interest and abilities in this age group, even with struggling readers. These are not YA or elementary books—a fact younger teens will appreciate.

    Each book is approximately 100 pages with covers that will appeal to young teen readers. The titles in the White Lightning series are designed in a similar style. Students will know what to expect when they pick up a book: a fast-paced story, mature and age-appropriate topics, short chapters, and achievable reading success. 

    • Behind the mask by Jeff Gottesfeld

      Moving before the summer of 8th grade sucks. But meeting the guy of your dreams makes it way better. Serena feels accepted in her new school, especially when she starts dating Kai. He seems to be the coolest guy ever. Then Ollie shows up. He’s...

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    • <p>His mom wanted a fresh start, but Dwayne just can't settle into his life. He misses his friends and has trouble connecting with new classmates. Nothing is familiar. Walking through his neighborhood, he sees an open window. Instantly, everything changes. Maybe he can pretend to be someone else. He can live a different life by breaking and entering if only for a little while. Bringing home a souvenir to remember his adventures wouldn't be so bad, right? But Dwayne is a terrible crook. And life is full of weird coincidences when he learns whose home he's burgled</p>

      Break and Enter by Leslie McGill

      His mom wanted a fresh start, but Dwayne just can't settle into his life. He misses his friends and has trouble connecting with new classmates. Nothing is familiar. Walking through his neighborhood, he sees an open window. Instantly, everything changes...

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    • Grand Slam by Evan Jacobs

      Brad’s truth is that life is hard. He’s different. Speaking does not come easily. And words get mixed up no matter how much he pays attention. When he meets Reese, he tries to hide his differences. Brad’s a hot varsity tennis player...

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    • Nasreen and Mia are two very different girls. But they stand out at Arondale High. And kids make assumptions about the only Muslim and the new black girl--the only African American--in school. The school administrators are ignorant. And worse. The bullying escalates. Both at school and online. The girls come up with a plan to fight back. To regain some dignity. To turn the tables on the bullies.

      I'm Just Me by M G Higgins

      Nasreen and Mia are two very different girls. But they stand out at Arondale High. And kids make assumptions about the only Muslim and the new black girl--the only African American--in school. The school administrators are ignorant. And worse. The...

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    • It's the school holiday break, and Iggy is going to Las Vegas to spend time with her dad and stepmom Tiffany. How exciting! Her dad must be planning something big. The Strip. Amusement parks. Thrilling roller coaster rides. But that's not what happens. Iggy is stuck at home in suburbia with Tiffany while her dad works. Then she meets Lucas. His mom is a showgirl, and his dad is an Elvis impersonator. Their house is loud. Colorful. One night Iggy sneaks out and goes with Lucas on an adventure. Her seemingly meek stepmother boldly rescues them when the kids' plan goes awry.

      Iggy by M G Higgins

      It's the school holiday break, and Iggy is going to Las Vegas to spend time with her dad and stepmom Tiffany. How exciting! Her dad must be planning something big. The Strip. Amusement parks. Thrilling roller coaster rides. But that's not what happens...

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    • <p>Shawn always runs late. Always. He even turns homework in late but never seems to get in trouble. His grades are great. He's smart. Well liked. Except by Amanda. She's furious that he gets away with everything. They were friends once, but no more. Especially not in their video production class. The class had a big summer assignment. Now it's time to turn it in. Shawn hasn't even begun editing. To cut corners he uses a downloaded freebie app. But it's been hacked. The morning the project is due, he wakes up in an alternate universe. A place where he doesn't exist and nobody recognizes him. Except for Amanda.</p>

      Qwik Cutter by Evan Jacobs

      Shawn always runs late. Always. He even turns homework in late but never seems to get in trouble. His grades are great. He's smart. Well liked. Except by Amanda. She's furious that he gets away with everything. They were friends once, but no more...

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    • Koji's world is like any boy's. He loves sports. Goes to school. Studies hard. Dreams big. But childhood ends quickly. Rebel forces enter his village. They ransack the school. Their teacher is beaten. Maybe even killed. The boys line up, guns to their backs. Koji's group goes one way. His best friend's another. What's happened to his family? They are all dead, says a rebel. And you will be too if you don't do what we say. They march for hours. Days. One boy drinks too much water. He is hit again and again. Then murdered. The boys watch and learn. That will not be their fate. It's kill or be killed. So they kill

      Rebel by M G Higgins

      Koji's world is like any boy's. He loves sports. Goes to school. Studies hard. Dreams big. But childhood ends quickly. Rebel forces enter his village. They ransack the school. Their teacher is beaten. Maybe even killed. The boys line up, guns to their...

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    • Mia and her two BFFs rule the school. They declare what's hot, and losers are definitely not. Especially the losers who scratched Mia's phone. She freaks out. But being the reigning queen can change in an instant. All it takes is a fake photo, and a hacked account.

      Scratch N' Sniff by Evan Jacobs

      Mia and her two BFFs rule the school. They declare what's hot, and losers are definitely not. Especially the losers who scratched Mia's phone. She freaks out. But being the reigning queen can change in an instant. All it takes is a fake photo, and a...

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    • Summer Camp by Brianna Cerkiewicz

      Finally! Derek's Mom said he could go to summer camp. No parents allowed! But Camp Rainbow? It sounded girlie and lame. Time away from home was too awesome to turn down. And the crime he uncovered was epic. White Lightning Books addresses a wide variety...

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    • The Underdogs by Evan Jacobs

      Girls rule! That’s what Jasmine Le thinks. And girls can do anything boys can do. But can they play tackle football? Heck yes! Jasmine takes on her whole town to prove that girls can run, jump, and catch a pigskin just as well as boys. White...

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    • Under the Stairs by Jeff Gottesfeld

      Diego isn’t scared easily. Not even when his parents buy the creepiest house in town. He’s used to moving. A lot. His parents flip houses for a living. Then he finds something odd in the basement. And it’s alive. White Lightning Books...

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