If you’re in high school, you’ve probably been asked that fateful question: “Where are you going to college?” You might be lucky and have everything perfectly plotted out, but chances are, there’s still a lot of planning to do. The Career-Minded Student is here to help! From the basics of getting organized to the more complicated task of choosing a major, author Neil O’Donnell will guide you through the many questions you have about your future.
Life as a poor fisherman’s daughter is tough. Sixteen-year-old Sofie loves her dad and her puppy, Pilot, but it can get lonely on the cold New Hampshire coast. She only has a few memories of her mother, who is an inconstant figure on her life. Sofie is used to being self-reliant, so she is confident that her shrimp-selling scheme would help get her little family through.
In young Pinmei’s quiet village, her wise grandmother, Amah, is famed for her wonderful stories. Eager listeners are enthralled by Amah’s steady voice and rare ability to bring the rich myths of their Ancient China to life. Stories provide a way to forget about the worrying lack of food and the suspicious new emperor, who raids villages for workers to build an enormous wall around the kingdom. But no story can distract from the sudden abduction of Amah by the emperor himself!
Stella Gordon is having a miserable summer in small-town Thunder Basin, Nevada. She’s living with Carmina Songster, a strict retired cop who Stella clashes with repeatedly. She’s had to get a job as a waitress at a greasy diner. She can’t talk to her beloved boyfriend, Reed. She doesn't even know where he is! The root of all Stella’s problems is that her name is not actually Stella Gordon.
Quiet eleventh-grader Nora Hadley can’t wait to get out of South Iris High. The daughter of the school’s head of religion, she gets mocked for her faith. Nora’s two friends, reckless Ainslee and sweet Carrie, try to support her, but even they don’t understand the extent of her Catholic parents’ strict rules. Mum and Dad question her every move.
Reserved Tom and outspoken Melly are used to change. Their father, Sergeant Major Jim McCarron, served in World War II. Together with their mother Lina, a skittish Italian war bride, they frequently move from one uncomfortable army base to the next. No one except Melly dares complain about their nomadic lives, for fear of igniting Jim’s violent rage.