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    Notes from the Midnight Driver

    Notes from the Midnight Driver

    by Jordan Sonnenblick

    One car crash.
    One measly little car crash. And suddenly, I'm some kind of convicted felon.
    My parents are getting divorced, my dad is shacking up with my third-grade teacher, I might be in love with a girl who could kill me with one finger, and now I'm sentenced to baby-sit some insane old guy.
    What else could possibly go wrong?
    This is the story of Alex Gregory, his guitar, his best gal pal, Laurie, and the friendship of a lifetime.

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    Zen and the Art of Faking It

    by Jordan Sonnenblick

    Chinese-American San is as American as apple pie, but finds solace and identity in Zen Buddhism as he tries to reinvent himself in a new town. "Hilarious and heart-wrenching."—Kirkus

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Notes from the Midnight Driver

Author: Jordan Sonnenblick

Interest Level:
7-9

Lexile Framework:
930L

Grade Level Equivalent:
6

Guided Reading Level:
Z

Age:
12-14

Genre:
Comedy and Humor, Young Adult

Subject:
Understanding Self and Others, Conflict Resolution, Intergenerational Relationships, Coming of Age, High School, Divorce, Substance Abuse Experiences

About This Book

* "Sonnenblick deftly infiltrates the teenage mind to produce a first-person narrative riddled with enough hapless confusion, mulish equivocation, and beleaguered deadpan humor to have readers nodding with recognition, sighing in sympathy, and gasping with laughter — often on the same page." — Horn Book, starred review

 * "Sonnenblick has created a memorable cast of characters... teens will easily connect with Alex's epiphanies... It all adds up to a funny, bittersweet tour de force." — Booklist, starred review

16-year-old Alex decides to get even. His parents are separated, his father is dating his former third-grade teacher, and being 16 isn't easy, especially when it comes to girls. Instead of revenge though, Alex ends up in trouble with the law and is ordered to do community service at a senior center where he is assigned to Solomon Lewis, a "difficult" senior with a lot of gusto, advice for Alex, and a puzzling (yet colorful) Yiddish vocabulary. Eventually, the pair learn to deal with their past and each other in ways that are humorous, entertaining, and life changing.

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