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Jumped In

Jumped In

Patrick Flores-Scott

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Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don't be late to class. Don't ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest—Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam poetry unit and Sam gets paired up with the daunting, scarred, clearly-a-gang-member Luis, who happens to sit next to him in every one of his classes. Slacking is no longer an option—Luis will destroy him. Told in Sam's raw voice and interspersed with vivid poems, Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott is a stunning debut novel about differences, friendship, loss, and the power of words.

YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People


nir·va·na n def: an ultimate experience of some pleasurable emotion such as harmony or joy
Nir·va·na n def: a legendary kick-ass rock-and-roll band from my hometown of Aberdeen,...

Praise for Jumped In

“Moving.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A poignant and powerful novel of friendship and courage.” —School Library Journal

“It is the transcending heartbreak of Sam and Luis' deepening friendship that beckons every reader to heed his or her own inner voice.” —Booklist


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Patrick Flores-Scott

Patrick Flores-Scott currently teaches struggling elementary readers and math students. He's written for theatre and the slam poetry stage. Jumped In is his first novel. He lives Seattle with his wife and two young boys.

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