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With the help of a feisty, purple-haired girl named Locasta, Glinda sets across the unforgiving landscape to rescue her mother. They are soon joined by Ben, a revolutionary New Yorker, and a mysterious girl called Shade. Critics are raving about Laurie Forest's incredible debut, The Black Witch: "Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice. Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War.

But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear. Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic Maine town.

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Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share. Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night. April Henry masterminds another edge-of-your-seat thriller in this much-anticipated sequel to Girl, Stolen. Six months ago, Griffin Sawyer meant to steal a car, but he never meant to steal the girl asleep in the backseat. Panicked, he took her home. His father, Roy, decided to hold Cheyenne--who is blind--for ransom.

Griffin helped her escape, and now Roy is awaiting trial. As they prepare to testify, Griffin and Cheyenne reconnect and make plans to meet. But the plan goes wrong and Cheyenne gets captured by Roy's henchmen--this time for the kill. Can Cheyenne free herself? And is Griffin a pawn or a player in this deadly chase? A Christy Ottaviano Book. Grendel's Guide to Love and War by A. The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy's sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process.

Tom Grendel lives a quiet life--writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors, and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the "manic-pixie-dream" label. But when Willow's brother, Rex the bro-iest bro ever to don a jockstrap , starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens' community where they live is transformed into a war zone.

Tom is rightfully pissed--his dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD--so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good. But of course, it's not that simple. One retaliation leads to another, and things quickly escalate out of control, driving Tom and Willow apart, even as the parties continue unabated.

Add to that an angsty existential crisis born of selectively reading his sister's Philosophy coursework, a botched break-in at an artisanal pig farm, and ten years of unresolved baggage stemming from his mother's death. A clever spin on a weighty classic. Shabnam quickly finds herself in love, while her former best friend, Farah, who Shabnam has begun to reconnect with, finds Jamie worrying.

That Thing We Call a Heart is a funny and fresh story about the importance of love—in all its forms. How could Lucy's father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn't her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is? As her father's secret becomes her own, Lucy grows more and more isolated from her friends, her family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she thought understood her. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family's secrets and lies.

Just Fly Away is a debut novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one's way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director. New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight raises the stakes in the second book of the heart-pounding Outliers trilogy, a uniquely speculative story about secrets, betrayal, and a world where one small group of people are blessed—or cursed—with an incredible power. Wylie may have escaped the camp in Maine, but she is far from safe. The best way for her to protect herself is to understand her ability, fast.

Ever since they returned home, Jasper has been spiraling, wracked with guilt over what happened to Cassie. It is amid this uncertainty and fear that Wylie finds herself confronted with a choice. She was willing to do whatever it took to help Cassie, but is she prepared to go to the same extremes to help complete strangers.

Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising--and cannot be escaped. Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she's allowed to dance an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy--she must produce an heir.

Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match. Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost.

Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent's loyalty is at odds with his heart. Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra--fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before--are now marching from their stony shores for the twin's adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land--and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people. The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson. Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family.

Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke.

Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem. Words are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute--especially right and wrong. Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for one reason: to win. The elite school recruited him after he argued his public school's debate team to victory last year, and now Bannerman wants that championship trophy.

Debate is Banner's life--his ticket out of scrimping and saving and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and a new, better future. When he's paired with the prep school playboy everyone calls the Duke, Tanner's straightforward plans seem as if they're going off the rails. The Duke is Bannerman royalty, beloved for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and the strings he so easily pulls.

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And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win. As Tanner gets sucked into the Duke's flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of the edge becomes addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of. But the Duke's castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple.

Nelson's taut debut is perfect for anyone who's struggled to survive the cutthroat world of competitive high school. Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift.

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But a new life — and the promise of love — emerges in this rich, highly readable debut. Bayou Perdu, a tiny fishing town way, way down in Louisiana, is home to sixteen-year-old Evangeline Riley. But, dearest to her heart, she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings. And then the storm comes, and everything changes. Told in a strong, steady voice, with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters, here is a novel that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home.

But above all, this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget. There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape. Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age.

Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth Her sister Cassie was always the perfect twin. Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed: They took the wrong twin. From Carnegie Medal—winning author Mal Peet comes a sweeping coming-of-age adventure, both harrowing and life-affirming. Born of a brief encounter between a Liverpool prostitute and an African soldier in , Beck finds himself orphaned as a young boy and sent overseas to the Catholic Brothers in Canada.

At age fifteen he is sent to work on a farm, from which he eventually escapes. Finally in charge of his own destiny, Beck starts westward, crossing the border into America and back, all while the Great Depression rages on. What will it take for Beck to understand the agonies of his childhood and realize that love is possible? The Gray House is an astounding tale of how what others understand as liabilities can be leveraged into strengths. Bound to wheelchairs and dependent on prosthetic limbs, the physically disabled students living in the House are overlooked by the Outsides.

Not that it matters to anyone living in the House, a hulking old structure that its residents know is alive. But student deaths and mounting pressure from the Outsides put the time-defying order of the House in danger. As the tribe leaders struggle to maintain power, they defer to the awesome power of the House, attempting to make it through days and nights that pass in ways that clocks and watches cannot record.

Unfortunately, she's an Alto 2, which--in the musical theatre world--is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody's falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it's no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. But then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington's elite a cappella octet. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

In middle school, everyone was a Fever Dream fan. Now, a few weeks after her high school graduation, Grace Thomas sometimes feels like the only one who never moved on. She can't imagine what she'd do without the community of online fans that share her obsession. Or what her IRL friends would say if they ever found out about it.

Then, one summer night, the unthinkable happens: Grace meets her idol, Jes. What starts out as an elusive glimpse of Fever Dream's world turns into an unlikely romance, and leads her to confront dark, complex truths about herself and the realities of stardom. From the author of A Song to Take the World Apart, Grace and the Fever is a heart-clutching reminder of what it's like to fall in love--whether it's with a boy or a boy band--and how difficult it is to figure out who you are after you've fallen out of love again.

Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives. Until Sebastian. Sebastian was her first—and worst—mistake. Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael—the last surviving demon in the Kindred—guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped. Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian.

As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.

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But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England. A propulsive, compelling, and unsparing novel set in the grimly violent world of the human and drug trade on the US-Mexican border. Windfall by Jennifer E. This romantic story of hope, chance, and change from the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is one Jenny Han says is filled with all of her "favorite things," Morgan Matson calls "something wonderful" and Stephanie Perkins says "is rich with the intensity of real love.

But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she's been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday--just when it seems they might be on the brink of something--she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy's father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts.

Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy's newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them.

And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall. As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined. Praise for Windfall: Featured in Seventeen Magazine's "What's Hot Now" "Windfall is about all of my favorite things--a girl's first big love, her first big loss, and--her first big luck. It's a story about love, and luck, and the way our lives can change in an instant. I laughed and cried and bought a lottery ticket the very next day.

Gwen, Pete, and the others have escaped from Everland. But the safe haven they hoped to find at Alnwick Castle doesn't exist. With the Queen of England on her deathbed, Duchess Alyssa has stepped in to lead, but things have gotten worse as the cure Doc created for the Horologia virus has mutated, accelerating the disease. The only possible solution he can think of is to go back to the virus's origin: an extinct poisonous apple. Legend has it a tree bearing the apple might be found at the center of a deadly labyrinth hidden deep within Germany.

A place that no one in their right mind enters. Leaving Pete in charge of the survivors, Alyssa sets out with only her sword, her wits, and the help of Maddox Hadder, a wild boy who oversees the castle gardens. To get to the center of the maze, she'll be forced to battle monsters more terrifying than her darkest nightmares. But can anyone truly survive the madness of the maze? And what if there's no apple to be found there? What begins as just a normal Tuesday becomes a day that will shatter sixteen-year-old Kai's life forever. All it takes is a letter, tucked into a pile of their family's mail.

It's from Kai's older sister, Jen, who lives nearby. And it begins,? If you are reading this, I am already gone. Dazed, Kai helps to plan Jen's funeral and tries to cope with their devastated parents, all the while searching for answers. How could Jen do this, and why? Kai is heartbroken and furious, and soon she's caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. That's when her parents shock her: they're sending her to the Tree House, a summer camp for grieving teens. Kai is not a happy camper at first. But when she meets other kids who are grappling with loss, she begins to share her feelings, find a way forward, even laugh Just a Normal Tuesday offers a roadmap for anyone who has been touched by loss and anyone who is looking for hope in a broken world.

This is her first novel. In a world where everyone is the same, one girl is the unthinkable: unique. We have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin. We are healthy and strong and smart. But only one of us has ever had a secret. Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She's nothing special--just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city. Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she's interesting.

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Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can't stop thinking about him--when she can't resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules--she realizes she's flawed, too. But if she's flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled. Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia's fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face.

But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different? Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one. Before Verity. When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she'd imagined won't be exactly what she anticipated.

And once she returns to her grandfather's estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family's employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital. Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she witnesses firsthand some of the prejudices they've grown used to-a stark contrast to her own upbringing-and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.

Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime. The Red Onslaught is broadcasting waves of telepathic hate across the globe - and Marvel's greatest heroes have turned on their moral axis! What is Tony Stark's dark secret?

And with the heroes "inverted" to evil, who will stand against them? How about an army of villains?! Magneto betrays his alliance, a founding Avenger quits and the Scarlet Witch is forced to join Doctor Doom! And who are Kluh and the Sorceress Supreme? Witness an X-Man's horrifying fate -and an Avenger's appalling choice! Who will live or die? Who will remain inverted? The shocking climax will crack the Marvel Universe to its core!

The long-awaited sequel to Shirow Masamune's ground-breaking The Ghost in the Shell, and one of the most highly anticipated graphic novel events in many years, Man-Machine Interface is Shirow s most ambitious and complex story yet, with deep forays into philosophy and the meaning of artificial life, intelligence, and existence.

The Ghost in the Shell 1. Focusing on Section 9 agents in their daily battle against technocrime, Human-Error Processor. Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue.

A funny, sad and serious memoir, How to Be Happyis David Burton's story of his turbulent life at high school and beyond. Feeling out of place and convinced that he is not normal, David has a rocky start. He longs to have a girlfriend, but his first 'date' is a disaster. There's the catastrophe of the school swimming carnival - David is not sporty - and friendships that take devastating turns. Then he finds some solace in drama classes with the creation of 'Crazy Dave', and he builds a life where everything is fine.

But everything is not fine. And, at the centre of it all, trying desperately to work it all out, is the real David. How to Be Happytackles depression, friendship, sexual identity, suicide, academic pressure, love and adolescent confusion. It's a brave and honest account of one young man's search for a happy, true and meaningful life that will resonate with readers young and old.

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I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi's jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight. But on the inside it was By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a "drug rehabilitation" facility that changed her world. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to "treat" its patients.

In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve's End is that soon she'll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There's nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They're better off taking a chance elsewhere. What Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was.

Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree. But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She's also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father's campaign for Congress.

Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers' home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn's desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets--strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin? Melanie and Damon are both living in the shadow of loss. For Melanie, it's the loss of her larger-than-life artist mother, taken by cancer well before her time. For Damon, it's the loss of his best friend, Carlos, who took his own life. As they struggle to fill the empty spaces their loved ones left behind, fate conspires to bring them together.

Damon takes pictures with Carlos's camera to try to understand his choices, and Melanie begins painting as a way of feeling closer to her mother. But when the two join their school's production of Othello, the play they both hoped would be a distraction becomes a test of who they truly are, both together and on their own. And more than anything else, they discover that it just might be possible to live their lives without completely letting go of their sadness. Praise for Speak of Me As I Am: "Debut author Belasco adeptly captures the tribulations of high school life while also celebrating art's ability to help clarify and contextualize its joys and sorrows.

The novel's most intriguing character. A stirring account of the trials of adolescence. Teens seeking a quieter but no less moving story will find this book a perfect read. And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately. Last summer, Lucy's and Ben's lives changed in an instant.

One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie--Lucy's best friend and Ben's sister--was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief.

Now it's a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie's death looms, Lucy and Ben's undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can't change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing--and to each other. A novel of love and monsters. Sisters Esme, Katy, and Ronnie are smart, talented, and gorgeous, and better yet.

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They have high school wired until the arrival of two new students. The first is Norman, who is almost eight feet tall and appears to be constructed of bolts and mismatched body parts. Despite his intimidating looks, Esme finds herself strangely - almost romantically - drawn to both his oversized brain and oversized heart. The second new arrival is Zack, an impossibly handsome late transfer from the UK who has the girls at school instantly mesmerized.

Soon even sensible Esme has forgotten Norman, and all three sisters are in a flat-out hex war to win Zack. But while the magic is flying, only Norman seems to notice that students who wander off alone with Zack end up with crushed bones and memory loss. Or worse, missing entirely. And oh yeah, a Japanese corpse-eating demon cat. Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn't do wonders for her popularity, there's another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them from clothes to textbooks to cell phones she sees a vision of their emotions.

She can read a person's fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it's because she's a clean freak with the emphasis on freak but it's all she can do to protect herself from other people's issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva's life.

His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn's skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant's sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today. From New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, this is a thrilling story of the unfathomable costs of war, the allure of dark magic, and two principled and conflicted characters drawn together despite everything they stand to lose.

After a brush with death, Lyss goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon is being sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. Quinn Littleton was a mean girl--a skinny blonde social terrorist in stilettos. She was everything Emma MacLaren hated.

Until she died. A proud geek girl, Emma loves her quiet life on the outskirts, playing video games and staying off the radar. When her nightmare of a new stepsister moves into the bedroom next door, her world is turned upside down. Quinn is a queen bee with a nasty streak who destroys anyone who gets in her way. Teachers, football players, her fellow cheerleaders--no one is safe.

Emma wants nothing more than to get this girl out of her life, but when Quinn dies suddenly, Emma realizes there was more to her stepsister than anyone ever realized. A meaningful and humorous exploration of teen stereotypes and grief, Dead Little Mean Girl examines the labels we put on people and what lies beyond if we're only willing to look closer.

The first contemporary novel about a disease that bends the lives of ten percent of all teenagers: scoliosis. Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes her back. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet.

Then the doctor delivers some terrible news: The sideways curve in Rachel's spine has gotten worse, and she needs to wear a back brace twenty-three hours a day. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips. It changes how her clothes fit, how she kicks a ball, and how everyone sees her-even her friends and Tate. But as Rachel confronts all the challenges the brace presents, the biggest change of all may lie in how she sees herself.

Written by a debut author who wore a brace of her own, Braced is the inspiring, heartfelt story of a girl learning to manage the many curves life throws her way. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Especially murder. Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly.

And for five years, he's maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She's been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day. Then her dad's murder conviction is overturned.

The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki's life becomes a mess when he's released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he's desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him-and why. He has also been awarded an Independent Study Cup in Biology. Rapheal is undecided on a college, but plans to major in architecture. She also serves as Secretary of the Stewardship Club. Lauren is undecided on a college, but intends to obtain a doctorate in psychology. Floyd has participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is an honor roll recipient, Kiwanis Student of the Month, a member of the Bentonville 7A State Champion Track team and he currently competes on the Bentonville Varsity Basketball team.

Upon graduation, Floyd plans to attend college and major in Sports Medicine later pursuing a career as an athletic trainer. Jayden is a member of Kappa League, a leadership development program for young men. He currently serves as the chapter president. He also served on the media production team at church for 3 years. In addition, Jayden has volunteered at the local food bank, escort in the Jabberwock and usher at the Ebony Awareness Bowl. Izhayia is involved in several community organizations where he enjoys serving the homeless, walking for the March of Dimes and caring for animals from the Dumb Friends League.

He will attend Xavier University of Louisiana, where he will major in Biochemistry with aspirations to be an Orthopedic Physician or Surgeon. Marvin Kelly, Jr. She has decided to pursue a career in law enforcement and will major in Criminal Justice. He has decided to attend Howard University in Washington D. He has been a member of The St. His ultimate goal is to receive an Oscar Award. She is currently the Regional Teen Foundation Chair. She has served as Chapter Teen President, corresponding and recording secretary, and chaplain.

As a senior at Villa Duchesne School, she is extremely active. She has starred in school plays and is a member of the Varsity Track and Field Team. Brett is a talented bass player in the Riverfield Rocks program. Brett plans to attend Morehouse College, Howard or the University of Tulsa where he will pursue an Engineering degree. Harrison L. He plans to pursue a career in criminal justice and work as a federal agent. She loves working with children: teaching third graders on Friday afternoons, tutoring, and reading to them through her Leadership and Tiger Challenge classes.

Jordan Owens is the daughter of Drs. Ray and Dion Owens. She has been a member of the Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill since Jordan was Miss Black Tulsa County Teen in and has served her community by teaching children to read through two programs, Project Transformation and Reading Partners. Jordan aspires to become a surgeon and has completed two, monthlong internships in orthopedic surgery through her school.

A refuge for African-American children who need to feel safe, confident in their own skin, proud of who they are and empowered to become who they want to be. Above all of things, Jack and Jill, is the means by which I am privileged to use the gifts, talents and leadership skills that God has given me to help shape, inform, impact, nurture and invest in the lives of my children and countless other African-American children as well.

I count that as one of my greatest blessings and hopefully, my lasting legacy. Our ability to make a difference in our communities has impacted many forgotten families and their children. I look forward to seeing what more we can do. Nationally, this program year has also been filled with impacting not only our children but all children in our communities and spreading the brand of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Our collective voices have power! The heart of all Jack and Jill experiences begins at the local level. I want to acknowledge all the chapters and the families for their continued commitment to Jack and Jill. I also give much gratitude to my family, for whom I could not serve this year without the support from my husband Roy and our three girls, Ashlyn, Madison, Angelina and my dog Tobey. Yours in Jack and Jill,. Jack and Jill was founded in Philadelphia, Pa. New York and Washington, D. The national organization drew many of its early leaders from the Eastern Region, including the first three national presidents — Dorothy Bell Wright, Emilie B.

Pickens and Edna Turner Seay. The first national convention was held in the region, on June 1, , in Philadelphia, PA. After delegates to the National Convention adopted a regional plan for the organization, we elected our first Eastern Region Director — Vernice Wynn from the Baltimore, Maryland, chapter — and held our first regional conference in Baltimore in They were:. The rally was organized in the wake of the Feb. Many of our Jacks and Jills left the rally with plans to reach out to lawmakers and connect with like-minded students on ways to end gun violence.

Our 68th Teen Conference on April th was a rousing success. They talked with admissions officers at a College Fair. Day of Service. It continues to be a meaningful way to honor his legacy of service, compassion and humanity. Yanky, MD. RD Mondi is an attorney with a background in real estate, information technology, tax, immigration, housing and legislative advocacy. She has held leadership positions with several organizations, including the Washington Bar Association and the Technology Council of Maryland. RS Margaret has worked in human resources for over 20 years, leading a team of HR professional ex-perienced in designing and developing strategies to drive organizational change and business results.

She is also adept at designing, implementing and leading effective workplace diversity strategies and initiatives. Professionally, Crystal has worked in the investment banking industry for over 25 years and currently works as an Executive Director for JPMorgan Chase. Crystal received her B. She and her husband Don are the proud parents of Natalie, 21, and Noelle, She has served Jack and Jill as a chapter president, and a regional community service chair. She has over 20 years of professional experience working in Information Technology with a specialty in IT Strategy, digital prod-ucts and cyber-security.

In her spare time, MAL Akira trains and competes in triathlons and other en-durance events. Rose was a proud member and now Associate of the Philadelphia chapter where she served in several capacities. She also chaired several committees. At the Regional level Rose served as Protocol Chair. Rose is married to Frank K. Richardson, Jr and proud parents to Frank K. He has been a leader in the telecommunications and information systems industry for more than 30 years and as a research and development engineer for Bell Laboratories, developed wireless technologies that are the basis for todays mobile cellular industry.

She is a senior at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, New York, where she is an avid member of the step team and thrower on the track team. She intends to become a civil rights attorney, and later pursue politics. She active in soccer and track and field. She served as the Regional Teen Legislative Chair from She has been a member of the Washington DC Chapter for 12 years. She has been in Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

She is a senior at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr. The summer prior to her senior year, she interned at the University of Washington in Seattle, under the mentorship of Dr. Eleanor Chen, in the department of Pathology. There, she developed a tool to assist in the research of the cancer Rhabdomyosarcoma and to test the efficiency of the CRISPR Cas9 cutting protein on genes in Zebrafish. She is dancer, and enjoys making pottery and watching comedies.

He also served as the Regional Teen Parliamentarian during the previous program year. Jordan is a senior at the Saint Benedicts Preparatory School and has made the honor roll each semester of his high school career. His goal is to major in Business Administration. These chapter-wide activities are in addition to the age group service projects.

In September, we began supporting a family that survived Hurricane Harvey by routinely donating gift cards, and we donated books to a local Boys and Girls Club in support of a reading corner we established through the Jack and Jill Foundation. Kicking off January, we are participating in the regionally coordinated MLK Day of Service, and will continue throughout the year supporting foster care children, wounded soldiers, and the March of Dimes. Making a difference in our communities is a cornerstone priority for Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Vernon is committed to doing our part. The group became a provisional chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The original group of 31 mothers began a rich tradition of dedication to the cultural, social and educational development of their children and service to the community. Crozet Johnson served as the first Chapter President. The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter now consists of 48 mothers, 57 children, 24 teens, and 10 associates. Vernon Chapter identified several focus areas to provide positive and lasting impact. Expanding our community service footprint is one of the areas.

To facilitate this objective, we established a program calendar that identifies several chapter-wide service projects in nearly every month The 4th—5th graders learned how citizens can influence public policy. The 6th—8th graders collected non-perishables and toiletries for a local shelter. They discussed forming a family-related organization to meet the needs of African-American families in predominantly white Glen Burnie and its surrounding area. A Steering Committee was formed to begin recruiting mothers with the same interest and vision as Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

The group fulfilled the requirements set forth by National and was chartered as the Greater Glen Burnie Chapter on October 27, ABA recently hosted two public events. A Parent University was held on November 4th to increase parent and community involvement. Sessions included water safety and college readiness. The Race and Law Forum was held on Dec 2nd and focused on youth advocacy.

We enjoyed a family scavenger hunt, a Carol Robertson tribute, outdoor games, a trail walk, photos and more. Throughout the program year, each grade group cluster supports the theme in a variety of ways. The pre-K— kindergarten children gained the knowledge of helping others in their community by creating Christmas cards that will go to children at a domestic violence shelter. The 1st—3rd graders embraced the President: Sheila F. At the time of our chartering, Mrs.

Dorothy Wright was National President. Our charter members were: Mrs. Wilma Nelson, President Emeritus, Mrs. Lucille Barbour, Mrs. Lillian Bryant, Mrs. Carrie Harrison, Mrs. Harriet Lamkin, Mrs. Edythe Marshall, Mrs. Alice Carter, Mrs. Juanita Fowler, Mrs. Hugh Gregory, Mrs. Elveta Harris, Mrs. Cecelia Hawkes, Mrs. Margaret Hawkins, Mrs. Florence Johnson, First President, and Mrs.

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Erma Spencer. We are proud to be the home of the 17th Eastern Regional Director, Mrs. Vivian M. Darkes, who served with distinction from, The Teens Grades are becoming empowered by practicing public speaking and exploring career opportunities. In October, they had the honor of meeting original Tuskegee Airman Dr. The teens learned about the many careers available to them in the field of aviation and flew planes with an experienced DSU instructor.

The Chapter teens did a fantastic job introducing each panel member at the beginning of the program. We were honored with a congratulatory letter from U. Senator and former Jack Cory Booker. The Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill was organized in by the Cornelias, a ladies social club founded in the s. Mothers in the social club were also friends with members of the Philadelphia Chapter from which Jack and Jill originated in The Baltimore Chapter began with 25 members and added more members in During this program year the Pre-K group learned how to test water for contaminants; the 1st-3rd group will experience black history first hand at their annual living history museum; the 4th-5th grade learned about black Baltimore on an extensive African American tour; middle schoolers learned how to write a resume; and the teens are diligently working on their public speaking skills with the Gavel Club.

The Baltimore Chapter is thrilled to be taking part in the Gavel Club during the programming year. This will be a new event for the Baltimore Chapter and promises to be an exciting challenge for our public speakers. We kicked off the year with a wonderful family reunion-style soul food picnic in a local park to celebrate Jack and Jill Day and to honor Carole Robertson.

Led by our first-third grade group, the Chapter also conducted a Pajama Drive for Casey Cares, an organization that provides resources for critically ill children. Baltimore Chapter Teens have been busy having fun and contributing to their community. Carter Elementary School. In November, they served the homeless on Selfless Saturday in On April 21, , the Baltimore County Chapter will celebrate 30 years of leadership, culture and family at the Reginald F.

The Reginald F. The museum is the perfect setting to host the elegant affair and to commemorate the historic milestone. Guests will enjoy an evening of entertainment, delicious food and fellowship. The Baltimore County MD Chapter was chartered in , and today is comprised of 48 accomplished mothers who are committed to serving their children and the community with quality programming focused on serving all families of Baltimore County. The chapter continues to develop meaningful relationships within our chapter, as well as, make a meaningful impact on our members and the greater Baltimore County community.

The serene ambiance created an environment that encouraged Mothers to further bond and establish new friendships. The weekend activities were creatively planned to highlight their shared vision for the future, and provide a renewed sense of commitment to the organization and the chapter. They will produce and distribute their long-awaited Culture Cards. The culture cards will be shared with children in the community to help African American children see the beauty in themselves, their history and culture. The chapter is also looking forward to the wonderful milestones that the year will bring.

They are not only thrilled about celebrating Our local and national project was the March of Dimes and in , during Christmas, Bergen-Passaic Chapter held its first annual dance. Signature fundraisers also remain a cornerstone of our program. Booker; a Bergen county native and graduate of the chapter. Education: The grade group learned about the history of math and financial literacy.

The program kicked-off with a mathematics lesson led by a resident educator in a classroom setting. The curriculum focused on how math forms the basic building blocks of modern life. Health: Focusing on mental health, the grade group will engage in creating a vision board while creatively and clearly setting intentions.

They will be guided with meditation to focus on specific life goals as they collect images and inspirational quotes to add to their boards. The end result will reflect their intentions: what they want to be, what they want to do and how they plan to get it done. In , the chapter hosted a literary luncheon with the theme: Educating the African American Child.

The program featured a moderated panel of authors who are also strong advocates for educating African American children. Enriching activities that enhance the growth and development of our children and foster a commitment to giving back to our community remain the core of the chapters program. This launched a robust partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic where the chapter hosted monthly activities for the children of the club aimed at encouraging both strong academics and healthy lifestyle choices.

We also created a Jack and Jill Reading Room at the Paterson location that our chapters children both painted and stocked with donated books. One of our signature community service activities is the Madinah Grier service day where we spend Individually, Groups engaged in programming that will give our children the power to make a difference.

The Nursery Group learned about the importance of self-care and heard from doctors and nurses who help promote it. The Primary Group participated in a mock trial and engaged in guided jury deliberations. The Teen Group participated in activities that emphasized the importance of home ownership and training in coding, investments and entrepreneurship. Using the Chapter theme, the Boston Chapter has gone back to basics conceiving and achieving simple interactive events that educate and encourage its children to embrace their power to lead and make a difference. These founding mothers established the first Jack and Jill chapter in New England believing the goals of the national organization of Jack and Jill aligned closely with their collective vision for their own children.

Today, we are forty-four members strong still believing in the Jack and Jill mission of creating the next generation of leaders. Achieve it! At Thanksgiving, our families donated 35 baskets that our Teen Group delivered to the Epiphany School, an innovative learning community serving economically disadvantaged families of Boston. The Intermediate and Primary Groups also did the Chapter proud with a morning of community service at Cradles to Crayons, an agency with a mission to reduce the impact of childhood poverty.

They provided book bags filled with school supplies for children of the Edenwald Community Center. These mothers shared the same concerns, interests and goals for their children and had a desire to offer opportunities to the children of the Bronx to make their communities stronger. As we strive to fulfill the objectives of Jack and Jill, our members have shared their resources with the community and provided activities for children throughout the Bronx. For the holidays, we hosted a Kwanza. Our mothers and children learned the principles of Kwanzaa.

We also exchanged holiday wishes over dinner as a family chapter. Finally, we started our Gavel Club in January Our children will continue to work through the materials toward completion. Our families came together not only to rebuild connections and share summer experiences but also learned about the game of golf and how it contributed to a healthy lifestyle, build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. At the end of the day, the families celebrated Carole Robertson Day by learning about who she was and how she impacted human rights and racial equality.

These politicians engaged in discussion with the s about the political process and how to unite communities around important social and economic issues affecting them. Meanwhile the s set an example for us all by collecting personal hygiene and baby products and donating them to victims of Hurricane Maria.

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  • President: Melinda Alexis-Hayes, Esq. The Chapter celebrated its 65th anniversary last year. The Chapter is and always has been committed to engaging in community service, promoting health and wellness, and establishing a solid foundation grounded in philanthropy, leadership, and academic achievement for our children.

    The older age groups participated in a service project for Children of Promise, a non-profit whose work supports children of incarcerated individuals. The Junior and Senior Teens purchased gift cards for the children and wrote encouraging notes to them to provide some comfort despite their difficult circumstances. In January , the Chapter will continue to shine a light on mental health issues by hosting the Silence the Shame tour, sponsored by Jack and Jill of America.

    The tour features a panel discussion addressing depression, suicide and anxiety in the African-American community with a focus on our teens. We also bonded through teamwork by dividing into age groups to play basketball, soccer, and other games at a familyfriendly multiplex facility in Brooklyn. The emphasis on healthy living and exercise continued in October.

    The Senior Teens went on a Citibike Hike where they rented bicycles and explored various neighborhoods in Brooklyn by pedaling around town. The age group combined exercise with mindfulness by participating in yoga class with their mothers. November was a month for politics.

    The age group enjoyed breakfast with the Honorable Hakeem Jeffries, U. Our Chapter promotes the Power to Make a Difference by participating in a joint MLK Day of Service which include preparing meals, stuffed bears, toiletry and clothing donations and more, benefiting local organizations. Moving further into the year, mothers and teens will participate in discussions with a leading medical expert on mental health, specifically addressing anxiety and depression. In alignment with the Cultural aspect of our Power to Make a Difference, we feel it is critical to understand our African homeland, the Diaspora, and African American Change Agents, thus our children across multiple grade groups will be visiting the National Museum of African American History in February We are also proud to have 2 teens participate in Rites of Passage, 5 graduating seniors, and 1 graduating mom this year.

    The Bucks County Chapter will continue to focus on building our African-American leaders of tomorrow. Pearline A Greene. Our mission is simple; develop phenomenal leaders through providing ageappropriate programs, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. We believe the leaders we develop today will be the voice for our communities, our children and our nation in the near future! Our strength, creativity, and excellence are demonstrated in the stellar experiences we offer to our children and the Power to Make A Difference in their lives and in our surrounding communities.

    Bucks County was also pleased to begin our Oratorical Masters Gavel Club for 3rd to 12th graders as they explore their Power to Make a Difference through speech. Throughout the reminder of the year our children and teens will participate in oratorical presentations, and legislative, cultural and educational activities. The grant was also used to host a health fair in collaboration with Buffalo Say Yes Program and other community affiliations. Our chapter provided lectures and literature on mental health, healthy eating, as well how to exercise your body as well as your mind.

    We also exchanged mental health surveys, which will be used to track individuals mental health behaviors for fresh fruits and vegetables. Carrie Johnson, a group of parents sought to reestablish a Jack and Jill chapter. The Pathfinders was established as an official chapter in November Pearl Boschulte, National President at the time, officiated at the initiation ceremony. Gertrude Burke was elected to serve as the first president of the newly formed Buffalo Chapter.

    Our holiday season was spent serving the community and celebrating with our Jack and Jill family. We also had lots of fun decorating doors at one of our Senior apartment complexes for the holiday. The remainder of our program year will be will be spent on legislative, cultural, social and educational activities. Also, we are excited about the upcoming launch of our Gavel club at the closing of this program year. The Buffalo Chapter started this program year by celebrating Jack and Jill Day with a Chapter wide carwash fundraiser.

    This fun filled event of fellowship and play was a delightful time, especially for our children. Several weeks of planning went into preparations for hosting of the Northern Area Cluster in Buffalo, which was held October 6th-7th. The mighty. Parliamentarian: Amira Sparrow. The chapter created and donated 21 baskets for families in the local community. The chapter was granted provisional status at the National Convention in Chicago with sponsorship by the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter.

    The firsthand experience allowed them to learn how lifestyle choices can impact their own heart health. The 40 mothers of The Burke-Fairfax chapter are a dynamic talented group of woman with committed to making an imprint in our community and empowered to provide our children with the necessary tools for success and prosperity. Our program year theme is empowering Burke-Fairfax Families for success and we are on track to reaching our goal!

    This was an afternoon of fun and fellowship as we reflected on our summer experiences and got acquainted and reacquainted. During our planning session in June, we worked diligently to create sound activities designed to educate and encourage interests. Our primary age group made Christmas brighter for other children staying at Ronald McDonald House by purchasing and distributing toys.

    The children learned financial literacy skills by planning a budget. Our older primary group participated in a scavenger hunt at the National Archives Museum in Washington D. They partnered to find and answer questions about the Emancipation Proclamation, deed to the Statute of Liberty, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The intermediate children learned basic coding skills at the Apple Store. The group learned how to create an app and presented their work to the other attendees.

    The children led the charge with our Community Service Chair in planning, and executing our The United Youth age group 6th - 8th grades had an exciting trip to the Statue of Liberty and toured the facility where more than 12 million immigrants were processed through US Immigration before embarking on their new lives. Marie V. She envisioned a need and interest for establishing a chapter in this area and through her efforts and concern for the young people of the Burlington-Willingboro area, this chapter was formed.

    The chapter was founded on October 13, , the South Jersey Chapter was our sponsor. Our chapter mission is to ensure our children and mothers have positive and productive experiences that build bonds and create leaders. Our chapter donated book bags, which included positive notes written by our children, to our local National Guard in Bordentown, NJ. Juanita Daly Historian: Dr. Our chapter was installed on October 27 with 41 members.

    In the spring of , Frankye Clarke and Mary Nelson saw a need to organize a positive base of operation for children to interact culturally and socially. As a result of their efforts, a group of ten mothers met at the East Brunswick Sheraton on a Sunday afternoon in March to discuss the possibility of organizing a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

    At this meeting, the decision was made to function as an Interest Group. Nancy Jackson and Mary Nelson served as the first co-chairpersons. We started off the program year collecting supplies and goodies for our annual September back to school drive. We donated 28 backpacks to Jersey Cares, a non-profit organization who addresses and identifies needs in the State of New Jersey. In October, we continue with our community service initiatives by hosting a book drive with the Eastern Region Metropolitan Cluster attendees. Over a period of six years as the membership and interest grew it became evident it was time to pursue the original idea.

    Mary Nelson, the moving force, hosted the first organizational meeting in July Gertrude Andrews of Philadelphia, a national Founder and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bourne, first President of the Brooklyn Chapter were present and shared their ideas and expertise. Forty-three mothers were in attendance. We were welcomed into Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

    We had 23 Mothers and 15 Teens attend Fall Cluster. Teen Tyler Lynch won top prize in the Oratorical competition! Chester County started in September when the late Dr. Program Year began with the 4th annual Parents only Soiree hosted by our Chapter President to socialize and build relationships. Chester County continues to be active in Regional Activities. President Alston serves on the Regional. In the summer of , Celonia Walden, Roberta Briscoe and Grace Dixon, members of the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill, expressed the need for an organization of African American mothers, who desired to work cooperatively in guiding the educational, cultural and social growth and development of their children in the new city of Columbia, Maryland.

    The group decided to ask the Baltimore Chapter to sponsor them into Jack and Jill of America by The Chapter has grown significantly since it was established, our membership now includes over 90 mothers and more than participating children and teens. These awards have been made primarily through the Columbia Chapter Biennial Beautillion, founded to celebrate youth leadership. We serve to make a change, actively engaging with our national and local partners.

    The years and were marked by national civil unrest and social injustice, which spurred local communities to act. We continued to build bonds with one another and our community with activities such as our HarvestFest, Toy Drive, and Holiday Party. Finally, we are proud to present our graduating senior: Zion Ollivierre. JJEFC currently consist of 21 members and is open to families from the eastern sector of Fairfield County, Connecticut, which includes fourteen towns and the cities of Bridgeport and Danbury.

    As we look back at the last 60 years, we are committed to continuing to build on the legacy of service and excellence of our predecessors by growing our membership and providing innovative programming to empower our youth to make a difference in their communities and beyond. The Essex Hudson Chapter is now in its 12th year with 54 energetic members who are collectively demonstrating the power to make a difference.

    On November 21, , Essex Hudson installed its Associates Chapter which includes 8 dynamic mothers. Essex Hudson continues to build on the strong leadership of our founding mothers Patricia France, Debra Goldson, Keita Young, and the 47 charter members. The Chapter strategically provides powerful leadership training, rich cultural experiences, engaging STEAM programming, civic and volunteer events, and expressions of compassion through philanthropy year after year.

    The teens also participated in a Mock Trial within an a local courthouse. The teens had roles of, defense attorney, prosecuting attorney, witnesses, cops, EMT, passengers, jury, defendant and victim. The teens were then lead in a panel discussion with a local judge, a lawyer, a police officer and a mayor on the state of the current racial climate in the country. Essex Hudson is working together and playing together while making a difference.

    The festive event included activities for children and adults. Carol Robertson was honored by collecting school supplies from each chapter to stock backpacks for back-to-school. Other tri-chapter events which were spearheaded by Essex Hudson have included teen collaborations, and bowling events. The fall season involved all age groups participating in meaningful service activities. The teens served food at the Church of the Epiphany for a Thanksgiving dinner for the needy. Age groups from 3rd-6th grades stocked backpacks of health snacks and food items for food insecure families in the community.

    Preschoolers — 2nd grades decorated Christmas ornaments and cards for seriously ill children. The entire Chapter also participates annually in the March of Dimes Walk while raising money, spreading awareness, and staying fit. STEAM programs are a very integral part of the chapter. The youngest age group participated in a program at Bricks for Kidz. The activity was a hands -on class where the children learn to design and build while exploring engineering and architecture.

    The 5th and 6th graders engaged in a discussion about finance and practical applications of money as they played Cash Flow Game for kids. Also, the 3rd-4th graders engaged in a coding class at The Chapter donated beans and spices, creating more than soup bags that were donated to the Regional Food Bank. We ended the year with our annual Black Santa Breakfast. Our families and their guests celebrated the holiday season with a delicious breakfast and afterwards, our GRAL teens facilitated various games for our younger children as they awaited the arrival of Santa.

    Our families enjoyed a picnic along with fun-filled games for parents and children. We also commemorated the memory of Carole Robertson in a ceremony led by our teen officers. We would like to congratulate our graduating seniors Jelani Wiggins and Ahmad Saunders. We wish them all the best as they continue their journey as Jack and Jill leaders.

    In September each of our grade groups focused on the programming thrust of health and recreation. Children participated in physical activities that included pumpkin racing and pillow jumping at a farm, trampoline jumping, tennis lessons, African dancing and aerial zip lining at the top of 1,ooo foot mountain. Children learned about aquatic life at the aquarium and participated in a hike at a local pine barrens studying the earth, geological timelines and identifying animal tracks.

    One grade group participated in collage making using the style of Romare Bearden. Our oldest children studied the culinary business or made a pasta dish from scratch. Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Gems they shared ranged from seeking out black faculty when first arriving on campus to making sure there is a safe space specifically designed for black students when considering a particular institution. This event marked the culmination of critical conversations hosted by GECC.

    The facilities for this event were graciously donated by The Montclair Kimberley Academy. In the summer of a group of mothers met several times at the home of Paula Tuffin to address the social and cultural needs of their children. During the National Conference formal chapter status was granted. This program will again be the beneficiary of our October Motown themed fundraiser. But her boldness was most evident in matters of love. Wainwright funded the restoration and digitization of the diary and said the West Yorkshire Archive Service is working on a site that should make it accessible to the public later this spring.

    These are edited excerpts from that conversation. With Anne Lister it was slightly different, in that it was her estate and she had about 25 tenants. But there were people that did work hard and she looked after them. But she did care at quite a deep level. Is that your way of re-creating the intimacy of the diary? So I was quite nervous about whether to do it or not, and indeed, how to do it. We did it very sparingly, and we only did it when we felt absolutely justified. But the thinking behind it was definitely that [feeling] of intimacy with her audience.