Two Roads from Here
Five high school seniors. Two different roads. One life-changing decision. For fans of Tommy Wallach and Patrick Ness comes a thoughtful, funny novel that explores what happens to five teens when they choose the road…and the road not taken.
Should Brian play in Friday’s football game, even though his head really hurts?
Should Allegra commit to college now that her mother’s illness has returned?
Should Cole cheat on the SATs for a chance to get into his dream school?
Should Nikki go all the way with her boyfriend?
Should Wiley tell his best friend that he loves her and risk losing her completely?
These five seniors are about to have an opportunity people only dream about: to experience two potential outcomes of a life-altering decision. When it’s all over, will they still recognize their futures?
Trash Can Days
Jake Schwartz is not looking forward to middle school. He doesn’t wear the right clothes or know the cool lingo—and he’s definitely behind on the puberty curve. The only saving grace is that Danny Uribe, his lifelong best friend, will be by his side….
Or will he? Since Danny's summer growth spurt, there's been a growing distance between him and Jake. Danny is excited to explore all that junior high has to offer—especially the girls (and most notably Hannah, Jake's older sister). But he’ll soon discover that there are influences more powerful than the ladies.
Meanwhile, Hannah is dealing with her own problems—being Queen Bee is not easy. The other girls are out for blood, and boys are so… exhausting. Danny’s maturity surprises her, but can Hannah’s reputation survive if she's linked to a sevvy? And what would Jake think about his sister hooking up with his best friend?
Dororthy Wu could not care less about junior-high drama. She is content to stay her bedroom and write epic stories of her adventures as a warrior mermaid maiden. But when she joins the school's writing club, she meets a young lad with heroic potential and decides that life outside of her fantasy world might have some appeal.
In this wildly unique and hilarious novel, Teddy Steinkellner reveals how these four lives intersect over the course of a year. The result is an unforgettable portrait of middle-school life from a thrilling new voice in children’s literature.
Trash Can Nights
Jake Schwartz is back at San Paulo Junior High completely unprepared for his new celebrity status as the-boy-who-survived-a-gang-brawl. Facing unwanted attention from both foes and fanatics, Jake is out to make some changes-for better, or for worse.
On the Eastside of town, Jake's former best friend, Danny Uribe, has stepped up in the ranks of the local gang, the Raiders. Now that Danny is calling the shots, he has to start making some tough decisions. Life as a Raider may not be all that Danny thought it would be.
Meanwhile, Hannah Schwartz is starting a new school year at Costa Blanca Preparatory Academy. No longer perched at the top of the social ladder, Hannah must fight for her position on the popularity pole. But frenemies have set their sights on Hannah, and they won't make it easy for her to get ahead.
And as for Dorothy Wu, no one is as excited as she is about starting the eighth grade. With her new drama class friends and her boyfriend, Prince Jacobim, by her side, what else could a Wu ask for? But Dorothy has never navigated rocky relationship waters before. Can she help save Jake from the moody blues? Or will Dorothy end up dumped in the trash can, too?
In this remarkable follow-up to Trash Can Days, Teddy Steinkellner delivers a contemporary story that is as hysterically funny as it is heartbreaking. In the end, there will be epic dance-offs, stunning sleepover secrets, life-changing spin-the-bottle sessions, and-oh yes-lots and lots of cats.