OVERRIDE

Bad

Jean Ferris

Square Fish

Inspired by the author's work in a girls' rehabilitation center.

Ray called it skating when we did the crazy things . . . Hot-wiring a fancy car for a joyride after midnight. Boosting stuff from stores . . .

Sixteen-year-old Dallas loves the rush, the excitement of "skating." But then she and her friends decide to rob a convenience store and it's Dallas who gets caught while the others get away. Since it is her first offense, she thinks her father will help her out - but when the judge says she can go home on probation her father says no, he can't control her. So the judge gives Dallas six months in the Girls' Rehabilitation Center. Once there, Dallas meets an assortment of "bad" girls, many of whom don't expect to change, and those who do often don't make it. How Dallas comes to terms with herself - both the bad and the good - makes for a heartfelt and insightful novel about troubled teenagers and the odds they face in trying to turn their lives around.

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"Dallas is sentenced to six months in the Girls' Rehabilitation Center when her father refuses the judge's offer to take her home on parole...Ferris researched her topic well and the authenticity she invests in the novel will draw in both avid and reluctant readers." --School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jean Ferris

  • Jean Ferris is the author of many books, including Invincible Summer and All That Glitters, which were both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She lives in Coronado, California.
  • Jean Ferris Copyright Jon Lyons
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Bad

Jean Ferris

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young, California Young Reader Medal, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, IRA Young Adult Choices, American Library Association Popular Paperbacks for Young Re
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Square Fish

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