Blackout Quickreads

Brevin McCoy had everything going for him, until a mysterious poison was given to him at a party; since then all he wants is his old life back.

The Very Bad Dream Quickreads

Surely Valerie Monroe's nightmare was not real. But it felt real, and the news on the television frightened her even more. Was she a witness to a real crime? Maybe it wasn't a...

The Water's Edge Urban Underground-Cesar Chavez High

Ernesto began the year a stranger in a new school. Now, with their junior year ending, the students at Chavez High are looking to the future and making plans. But what will that...

To Catch a Dream Urban Underground-Cesar Chavez High

Dad was always depressing Abel with his pyramid stories. He was always dooming Abel to a life at the bottom of the pyramid with all the other miserable losers. No matter how much...

No Fear Urban Underground-Cesar Chavez High

Naomi's mother chose to live in the shadow of the bully and abuser. Ernesto hoped that someday she would live with no fear. Naomi Martinez broke the cycle of abuse in her family....

Time of Courage Urban Underground-Cesar Chavez High

Carmen Ibarra's larger-than-life father is running for city council against Monte Esposito, the corrupt incumbent- and Naomi's cousin. Ernesto is a little nervous. Deep in his...

The Experiment Quickreads

Psychology professor Odin Fruder has had it. He designs a very special project for his most disruptive students.

The Quality of Mercy

At first the vandalism seems petty: a trash can fire, an attempted break-in. But that quickly escalates. Who is targeting Mr. Buckingham, a particularly tough and aloof science...

Like a Broken Doll

Accusations fly when a string of thefts hit Tubman High School. Suspicion falls on Sereeta Prince, whose family life is unraveling, sending her into a deep depression. Treated...

The Fairest

The Princess of the Fair contest is supposed to infuse and inspire students with school spirit. The winner should embody the qualities of Harriet Tubman, the schools namesake. But...

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