Developing Leadership

There is universal agreement among people in the business, military, and nonprofit sectors of our society that young people with leadership skills are highly sought after and much in demand. Yet our schools typically do not address leadership directly; it does not help that many leadership qualities seem to be intangible and thus impossible to measure on standardized exams. However, many children—particularly gifted children—give a great deal of thought to questions of leadership: whose voice is the most influential in peer groups and social situations and who is the most popular among their peers. We believe that leadership is too important a quality to be left to playground and peer-group experimentation and that we should introduce young people to leadership as a subject to study, develop, and practice. To that end, we have published a number of books to help instructors introduce the subject of leadership to young people and to allow youngsters to explore leadership on their own. 

There is universal agreement among people in the business, military, and nonprofit sectors of our society that young people with leadership skills are highly sought after and much in demand. Yet our schools typically do not address leadership directly; it does not help that many leadership qualities seem to be intangible and thus impossible to measure on standardized exams. However, many children—particularly gifted children—give a great deal of thought to questions of leadership: whose voice is the most influential in peer groups and social situations and who is the most popular among their peers. We believe that leadership is too important a quality to be left to playground and peer-group experimentation and that we should introduce young people to leadership as a subject to study, develop, and practice. To that end, we have published a number of books to help teachers introduce the subject of leadership to young people and to allow youngsters to explore leadership on their own. 

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Leadership Strengths Indicator

Subtitle: A Self-Report Leadership Analysis Instrument for Adolescents

Author: Ellis, Dr. Julie L.

Subjects: Resources; Leadership

ISBN: 978-0-89824-191-2

Order code: 1912

Price: $15.00

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The Leadership Strengths Indicator is a self-report leadership analysis instrument for adults to administer to children ages 11-18. This is an extensive manual for initiating discussions about leadership styles, component behaviors and attitudes of leadership, and the ways in which specific leadership characteristics can be strengthened.

Click here for forms to use with the Leadership Strengths Indicator.

The Leadership Strengths Indicator is a self-report leadership analysis instrument for teachers or school educators to administer to students in grades 6-12. This is an extensive manual for initiating discussions about leadership styles, component behaviors and attitudes of leadership, and the ways in which specific leadership characteristics can be strengthened.

Click here for forms to use with the Leadership Strengths Indicator.

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Leadership Strengths Indicator: Packet of Forms

Author: Ellis, Dr. Julie L.

Subjects: Resources; Leadership

Order code: 1928

Price: $25.00

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This is a packet of 100 forms for use with the Leadership Strengths Indicator manual.

Click here for the manual.

This is a packet of 100 forms for use with the Leadership Strengths Indicator manual.

Click here for the manual.

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Leadership Education: Developing Skills for Youth

Author: Richardson, Dr. William B.; Feldhusen, Dr. John F.

Subjects: Leadership; Social Relationships

Age: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 1669

Price: $17.50
Website price: $13.00

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This is a book to help children develop and reinforce their leadership skills. Each chapter begins with a list of objectives and ends with extension activities. The book encourages responsibility and maturity. It is a perfect text for gifted children. 

Contents include:

• Outcomes of Leadership Education
• Characteristics of Effective Leaders
• Skills of a Group Leader
• Communication Skills for Leaders
• Skills for Group Members
• Developing Group Goals
• Planning Group Activities
• Committee Organization
• Parliamentary Procedure Skills

This is a book to help students develop and reinforce their leadership skills. Each chapter begins with a list of objectives and ends with extension activities for advanced students. The book encourages responsibility and maturity. It is a perfect text for student council members and gifted students. 

Contents include:

• Outcomes of Leadership Education
• Characteristics of Effective Leaders
• Skills of a Group Leader
• Communication Skills for Leaders
• Skills for Group Members
• Developing Group Goals
• Planning Group Activities
• Committee Organization
• Parliamentary Procedure Skills

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Leadership Unit: The Use of Teacher-Scholar Teams to Develop Units for the Gifted

Author: Gallagher, Dr. James J.

Subjects: Gifted Education; Teacher Resources; Curriculum; Leadership

Order code: 0360

Price: $19.99
Website price: $15.00

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This is a model for how curriculum for gifted students should be written. This book presents a structured unit with 20 activities to introduce fifth and sixth graders to the concept of leadership and to some of the means of analyzing leadership that political scientists have developed.

The book contains reproducible activity sheets, tests, objectives, and evaluation forms. Activities include simulations, role playing, games, and discussion topics for the books Animal Farm and Five Boys in a Cave. The book also contains an extensive discussion of the formation of a team of scholars and teachers, how to write curriculum, the implementation of this leadership unit, and the results. 

Professor James J. Gallagher spent a lifetime advocating for gifted and exceptional children. He was Kenan Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directed the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute for seventeen years. Prior to that, he served as Associate Commissioner of Education in the U.S. Office of Education for three years. He was president of the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for Gifted Children, and the World Council for Gifted and Talented. Among his awards are the Gold Medal for Lifetime Service in the area of Psychology in the Public Interest by the American Psychological Association.

This is a model for how curriculum for gifted students should be written. This book presents a structured unit with 20 activities to introduce fifth and sixth graders to the concept of leadership and to some of the means of analyzing leadership that political scientists have developed.

The book contains reproducible activity sheets, tests, objectives, and evaluation forms. Activities include simulations, role playing, games, and discussion topics for the books Animal Farm and Five Boys in a Cave. The book also contains an extensive discussion of the formation of a team of scholars and teachers, how to write curriculum, the implementation of this leadership unit, and the results. 

Professor James J. Gallagher spent a lifetime advocating for gifted and exceptional children. He was Kenan Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directed the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute for seventeen years. Prior to that, he served as Associate Commissioner of Education in the U.S. Office of Education for three years. He was president of the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for Gifted Children, and the World Council for Gifted and Talented. Among his awards are the Gold Medal for Lifetime Service in the area of Psychology in the Public Interest by the American Psychological Association.

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The Lives of Great Women Leaders and You

Author: Smutny, Joan Franklin; von Fremd, S. E.

Subjects: Leadership; Women's Lives; Gifted Education/Guidance; Gifted Women and Girls

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-089824-490-8

Order code: 4908

Price: $20.00
Website price: $15.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

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Exposure to the stories of women who achieved great things can help to inspire girls and young women who have ambition or a dream of achieving something significant of their own. This book tells several of those stories, illustrating not only the qualities that those women possessed that supported their interests but also the steps they took to pursue their goals.

The Lives of Great Women Leaders and You tells the inspiring stories of more than twenty women and girls in math and science, society and culture, government and politics, and the arts, finishing with an extensive chapter titled "Finding Your Own Way to Lead."

Dr. Joan Franklin Smutny is Director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner, and Director of the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. She is a winner of the NAGC Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of education. She directs programs for thousands of gifted children every year and teaches courses on gifted education for graduate students. She is editor of the Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted and the Roeper Review for gifted education professionals, and a feature writer for the Gifted Education Communicator. She has authored many books and articles on gifted education.

Also by Dr. Smutny available from Royal Fireworks Press: Manifesto of the Gifted Girl and Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women

Exposure to the stories of women who achieved great things can help to inspire girls and young women who have ambition or a dream of achieving something significant of their own. This book tells several of those stories, illustrating not only the qualities that those women possessed that supported their interests but also the steps they took to pursue their goals.

The Lives of Great Women Leaders and You tells the inspiring stories of more than twenty women and girls in math and science, society and culture, government and politics, and the arts, finishing with an extensive chapter titled "Finding Your Own Way to Lead."

Dr. Joan Franklin Smutny is Director of the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University Partner, and Director of the Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. She is a winner of the NAGC Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to the field of education. She directs programs for thousands of gifted children every year and teaches courses on gifted education for graduate students. She is editor of the Gifted Children Journal, contributing editor of Understanding Our Gifted and the Roeper Review for gifted education professionals, and a feature writer for the Gifted Education Communicator. She has authored many books and articles on gifted education.

Also by Dr. Smutny available from Royal Fireworks Press: Manifesto of the Gifted Girl and Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women

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Leadership: A Special Type of Giftedness

Author: Sisk, Dr. Dorothy A.; Rosselli, Hilda

Subjects: Gifted Education; Teacher Resources; Leadership

Order code: 1979

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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Leadership: A Special Type of Giftedness is designed to encourage the continuing development of leadership in teachers and to foster their ability to develop leadership in their students, no matter what grade they are in. This practical and useful book contains 20 lessons, definitions, theory, and a number of self-tests and exercises to assess leadership. Leadership should be a part of the curriculum for every gifted student.

Leadership: A Special Type of Giftedness is designed to encourage the continuing development of leadership in teachers and to foster their ability to develop leadership in their students, no matter what grade they are in. This practical and useful book contains 20 lessons, definitions, theory, and a number of self-tests and exercises to assess leadership. Leadership should be a part of the curriculum for every gifted student.

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The Path to Popularity through Friends and Self-Confidence

Author: Bud, Peggy S.

Subjects: Guidance; Leadership; Social Relationships; Growing Up

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 1472

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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This is an excellent book for preteens and teens. It deals with friends and friendship, social relations, and why some kids are popular and self-confident. It contains stories told by teenagers and tips on how to behave. This is a helpful book for children who feel that they just don't fit in.

This is an excellent book for preteens and teens. It deals with friends and friendship, social relations, and why some kids are popular and self-confident. It contains stories told by teenagers and tips on how to behave. This is a helpful book for children who feel that they just don't fit in.

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Taking Control

Author: Love, Ann

Subjects: Leadership; Historical Adventure; Greek History; Alexander the Great

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

Order code: 9988

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9988S

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Julian, a schoolboy on a trip to a museum, meets Mr. Callisthenes, who offers to teach him about Alexander the Great—a hero who is nothing more than a name to most modern children. They are to go back in time to visit Alexander at various points in his lifetime.

In the first episode, Alexander shows his father, King Philip, that he understands horses better than his elders. In subsequent episodes, Philip is assassinated, and Alexander becomes ruler. Julian witnesses Alexander going to Troy to honor Achilles and making his claim as Achilles’s successor. Julian is at the Battle of Issus when Alexander defeats Darius, King of the Persians, and begins to subdue the Persian Empire. Julian watches the taking of Tyre and the slaughter of the townspeople. He sees Alexander going to consult the Oracle of Ammon in Siwa, and he and his sister Melanie are present when Darius is killed, when Alexander decides to return to Macedonia, and when he dies.

This is vivid history!

Julian, a schoolboy on a trip to a museum, meets Mr. Callisthenes, who offers to teach him about Alexander the Great—a hero who is nothing more than a name to most modern children. They are to go back in time to visit Alexander at various points in his lifetime.

In the first episode, Alexander shows his father, King Philip, that he understands horses better than his elders. In subsequent episodes, Philip is assassinated, and Alexander becomes ruler. Julian witnesses Alexander going to Troy to honor Achilles and making his claim as Achilles’s successor. Julian is at the Battle of Issus when Alexander defeats Darius, King of the Persians, and begins to subdue the Persian Empire. Julian watches the taking of Tyre and the slaughter of the townspeople. He sees Alexander going to consult the Oracle of Ammon in Siwa, and he and his sister Melanie are present when Darius is killed, when Alexander decides to return to Macedonia, and when he dies.

This is vivid history!

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The Key to Honor

Author: Wanttaja, Ronald

Subjects: American History; Leadership; War of 1812; Maritime History; Sailing Ships

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2702

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2702S

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A Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Award Winner

High praise from the Sea Room: “A perfect book for young adults 12-15...it demonstrates civility and honor, teaches leadership, teaches the nautical stuff along the way, is a bit better than reality, has a happy ending, and feels authentic.... Highly recommended....”

Set during the War of 1812, The Key to Honor is filled with maritime action and images. Young Nate Lawton’s bravery in combat aboard the USS Constitution in her famous victory over the HMS Guerriere has earned him midshipman’s rank, but he hides a guilty secret: he deserted his post during the battle. Although everyone sees him save the Constitution’s captain, no one sees him hide from the rest of the fight. Nate is determined to regain his honor, and it looks as though he will soon have his chance. He has been assigned to the Chesapeake in Boston Harbor. A pair of British frigates, led by the HMS Shannon, blockade the harbor, and the Chesapeake’s Captain Lawrence is under heavy pressure to deal with the blockade and reopen Boston’s vital trade.

Nate must first discover what honor is. Does it lie in the senseless duels fought by his superior officers? The arrogance shown by his fellow shipmen? Or in overcoming the contempt of the experienced seamen shown toward him as their fifteen-year-old leader? One of the shortest battles of the early U.S. Navy provides Nate’s answers and the novel’s finale.

The reader becomes one with Nate as he shares his thoughts and feelings, which are juxtaposed with Navy protocol and shown both aboard and off ship. Everywhere the author’s extensive research is deftly blended with his smooth writing style to enhance the novel’s superb realism—from dialogue and full-bodied characterization to ships’ details, Navy rules, confrontational scenes, and the historic final battle.

“...fascinating...a gripping naval story hard to lay down, it is also a coming-of-age story, a novel of character development that far surpasses many naval stories for adults.” – John Forester

A Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Award Winner

High praise from the Sea Room: “A perfect book for young adults 12-15...it demonstrates civility and honor, teaches leadership, teaches the nautical stuff along the way, is a bit better than reality, has a happy ending, and feels authentic.... Highly recommended....”

Set during the War of 1812, The Key to Honor is filled with maritime action and images. Young Nate Lawton’s bravery in combat aboard the USS Constitution in her famous victory over the HMS Guerriere has earned him midshipman’s rank, but he hides a guilty secret: he deserted his post during the battle. Although everyone sees him save the Constitution’s captain, no one sees him hide from the rest of the fight. Nate is determined to regain his honor, and it looks as though he will soon have his chance. He has been assigned to the Chesapeake in Boston Harbor. A pair of British frigates, led by the HMS Shannon, blockade the harbor, and the Chesapeake’s Captain Lawrence is under heavy pressure to deal with the blockade and reopen Boston’s vital trade.

Nate must first discover what honor is. Does it lie in the senseless duels fought by his superior officers? The arrogance shown by his fellow shipmen? Or in overcoming the contempt of the experienced seamen shown toward him as their fifteen-year-old leader? One of the shortest battles of the early U.S. Navy provides Nate’s answers and the novel’s finale.

The reader becomes one with Nate as he shares his thoughts and feelings, which are juxtaposed with Navy protocol and shown both aboard and off ship. Everywhere the author’s extensive research is deftly blended with his smooth writing style to enhance the novel’s superb realism—from dialogue and full-bodied characterization to ships’ details, Navy rules, confrontational scenes, and the historic final battle.

“...fascinating...a gripping naval story hard to lay down, it is also a coming-of-age story, a novel of character development that far surpasses many naval stories for adults.” – John Forester

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The Price of Command

Author: Wanttaja, Ronald

Subjects: American History; Leadership; War of 1812; Maritime History; Sailing Ships

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2869

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2869S

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The Battle of Lake Erie took place a little more than three months after the Shannon/Chesapeake fight. In this follow-up novel to The Key to Honor, Midshipman Nate Lawton is sent to Lake Erie to help man the rough frontier fleet built by Oliver Hazard Perry. Historically, the novel is set in the middle of the Perry/Elliot controversy.

To his initial delight, Nate finds that a shortage of officers places him in a much higher position than his limited experience would normally bring. The fortunes of war catapult him to an even higher rank: the acting first lieutenant of a Brig of War. But command has its price. Nate’s captain is unwilling to pay it, and he uses Nate as a scapegoat for the dirty work. The captain thinks nothing of bending the truth to glorify his own career and ruin Nate if he speaks out. Now Nate is caught between the rocks of naval discipline and the shoals of his superior officer’s unbending ambition, and he must decide what to do.

The Battle of Lake Erie took place a little more than three months after the Shannon/Chesapeake fight. In this follow-up novel to The Key to Honor, Midshipman Nate Lawton is sent to Lake Erie to help man the rough frontier fleet built by Oliver Hazard Perry. Historically, the novel is set in the middle of the Perry/Elliot controversy.

To his initial delight, Nate finds that a shortage of officers places him in a much higher position than his limited experience would normally bring. The fortunes of war catapult him to an even higher rank: the acting first lieutenant of a Brig of War. But command has its price. Nate’s captain is unwilling to pay it, and he uses Nate as a scapegoat for the dirty work. The captain thinks nothing of bending the truth to glorify his own career and ruin Nate if he speaks out. Now Nate is caught between the rocks of naval discipline and the shoals of his superior officer’s unbending ambition, and he must decide what to do.

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River Rats

Author: Wyatt, Leslie J.

Subjects: Bullying; Leadership; Family Relationships; Growing Up

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-378-9

Order code: 3789

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3789S

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The novel is set in 1940s rural Missouri, with World War II about to shatter lives forever. The story is told in the authentic voice of twelve-year-old Kenny, who roams the countryside with his older brother and friends, hanging out together in the bottoms of the Chariton River. Trouble comes with the arrival of a new boy, Henry Nichols, who is "a thin stick of a person, looking like a half-starved hound...and not like us." 

Can he join the River Rats? Kenny's big brother, Jim, is a bully and tries everything he can to humiliate and hurt the newcomer, who doesn't even go to school he's so poor. Kenny must risk losing the friendship of his own brother by doing what, deep down, he knows is right. In the midst of the rough and tumble of the boys' day-to-day lives, the story tackles head-on the dilemmas and choices that Kenny must face about loyalty, friendship, and right and wrong.

"Playing out against the small foreground of local events is a big story on the world stage: over in Europe, another dominating individual is bending all of Europe to his sway. Kenny comes to realize that trivial-seeming decisions can have big consequences, and a tyrant is a tyrant, no matter how petty. Readers will appreciate the authentic feel of the times and the interplay between characters." – Redeemedreader.com

Author Leslie J. Wyatt learned first hand about the Chariton River bottoms from someone who grew up there. "Listening to his stories was like stepping into a bygone age. I began to wish I could capture them for my children and all the other children in the world who would never get to live that life."

Wyatt’s writing credits include a previous historical novel and more than 200 stories and articles in national magazines. A two-time graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), she served as 2010 SCBWI Missouri Mentor and has presented at literature festivals, SCBWI writing conferences, schools, and homeschool co-ops. Her work is varied, but the themes of justice, individuality, and heritage run throughout them. She is the author of The Flight of the Cliff Bird, also published by Royal Fireworks Press.

The novel is set in 1940s rural Missouri, with World War II about to shatter lives forever. The story is told in the authentic voice of twelve-year-old Kenny, who roams the countryside with his older brother and friends, hanging out together in the bottoms of the Chariton River. Trouble comes with the arrival of a new boy, Henry Nichols, who is "a thin stick of a person, looking like a half-starved hound...and not like us." 

Can he join the River Rats? Kenny's big brother, Jim, is a bully and tries everything he can to humiliate and hurt the newcomer, who doesn't even go to school he's so poor. Kenny must risk losing the friendship of his own brother by doing what, deep down, he knows is right. In the midst of the rough and tumble of the boys' day-to-day lives, the story tackles head-on the dilemmas and choices that Kenny must face about loyalty, friendship, and right and wrong.

"Playing out against the small foreground of local events is a big story on the world stage: over in Europe, another dominating individual is bending all of Europe to his sway. Kenny comes to realize that trivial-seeming decisions can have big consequences, and a tyrant is a tyrant, no matter how petty. Readers will appreciate the authentic feel of the times and the interplay between characters." – Redeemedreader.com

Author Leslie J. Wyatt learned first hand about the Chariton River bottoms from someone who grew up there. "Listening to his stories was like stepping into a bygone age. I began to wish I could capture them for my children and all the other children in the world who would never get to live that life."

Wyatt’s writing credits include a previous historical novel and more than 200 stories and articles in national magazines. A two-time graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), she served as 2010 SCBWI Missouri Mentor and has presented at literature festivals, SCBWI writing conferences, schools, and homeschool co-ops. Her work is varied, but the themes of justice, individuality, and heritage run throughout them. She is the author of The Flight of the Cliff Bird, also published by Royal Fireworks Press.

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It's Up to You, Samantha

Author: Kwarta, Darlene

Subjects: Leadership; Family Relationships; Growing Up/Girls; Social Relationships

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

Order code: 0467

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 0467S

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At the end of fifth grade, Samantha decides that she can't go through life being her mother’s clone anymore. It's time for a new, improved Sam, and the timing seems perfect. She is going into a new school in the fall. She is changing, growing, and trying to be the kind of person she thinks she wants to be: popular.

In sixth grade Samantha tries out for cheerleadering and fails, runs for homeroom representative on the Student Council but forgets to enter her name in the race, rents a “sexy tiger” costume for the Halloween dance but discovers that she's one of many girls who has done so, tries out for a lead in the school play without success, and tries to come up with a winning idea in the contest for using the school’s Winter Carnival funds. Samantha’s quest for popularity leaves her little time for family interaction or old friends. She is, however, aware of the work that her family is doing at the Shelter, a place where homeless people can get food, used clothing, and a place to stay. And since popularity has not yet swept her away, she begins to help out again.

Samantha decides to promote using the Carnival funds for the Shelter, rather than for her original idea of the more popular class trip. She reasons that “using the money to help others seemed like the only right thing to do.” Although her idea doesn’t win the contest, Samantha is a winner because she returns to the center of her caring family and a real values system. In the end, she wins the admiration of her teachers and fellow students, and she begins to value her classmates for who they really are.

At the end of fifth grade, Samantha decides that she can't go through life being her mother’s clone anymore. It's time for a new, improved Sam, and the timing seems perfect. She is going into a new school in the fall. She is changing, growing, and trying to be the kind of person she thinks she wants to be: popular.

In sixth grade Samantha tries out for cheerleadering and fails, runs for homeroom representative on the Student Council but forgets to enter her name in the race, rents a “sexy tiger” costume for the Halloween dance but discovers that she's one of many girls who has done so, tries out for a lead in the school play without success, and tries to come up with a winning idea in the contest for using the school’s Winter Carnival funds. Samantha’s quest for popularity leaves her little time for family interaction or old friends. She is, however, aware of the work that her family is doing at the Shelter, a place where homeless people can get food, used clothing, and a place to stay. And since popularity has not yet swept her away, she begins to help out again.

Samantha decides to promote using the Carnival funds for the Shelter, rather than for her original idea of the more popular class trip. She reasons that “using the money to help others seemed like the only right thing to do.” Although her idea doesn’t win the contest, Samantha is a winner because she returns to the center of her caring family and a real values system. In the end, she wins the admiration of her teachers and fellow students, and she begins to value her classmates for who they really are.

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Charlie's Rocky Mountain High School

Author: Mull, David Kenneth

Subjects: School Experience; Leadership; Friendship; Football

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-394-9

Order code: 3949

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3949S

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It was a great year, that year Charlie went to high school in the Denver area. He had a turn at playing football for a legendary coach, and he became good friends with a beautiful cheerleader. He had an extraordinary English teacher and got one of his stories made into a play, which was performed. He made many good friends, but he encountered unexpected problems.  

The football coach was abusive, and he did not like the English teacher. The cheerleader and her family were loyal to the football coach, while Charlie preferred his English teacher. These divisions grew into wide chasms that Charlie was forced to deal with in order to maintain his friendships.

It was a great year, that year Charlie went to high school in the Denver area. He had a turn at playing football for a legendary coach, and he became good friends with a beautiful cheerleader. He had an extraordinary English teacher and got one of his stories made into a play, which was performed. He made many good friends, but he encountered unexpected problems.  

The football coach was abusive, and he did not like the English teacher. The cheerleader and her family were loyal to the football coach, while Charlie preferred his English teacher. These divisions grew into wide chasms that Charlie was forced to deal with in order to maintain his friendships.

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Gridiron Hero

Author: Boushell, Mike

Subjects: School Experience; Leadership; Family Relationships; Sports; Football; Social Relationships

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 6015

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 6015S

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Bo James, linebacker and running back, is as close to a living legend as Rockland High School has ever had. Big, his legs pumping like pistons, he churns, twists, and blasts through the defenders, and he pulls the cheering crowd into the heat of the game.

Bo is also sharp—smart enough to see through the dirt, sweat, and clashing bodies that something is wrong with the Rockland Warriors, the team that by all rights should be headed to the state championship. What will happen to the team and the season when co-captains Bo and Ted Johnson discover the truth and bring it to Coach?

Bo James, linebacker and running back, is as close to a living legend as Rockland High School has ever had. Big, his legs pumping like pistons, he churns, twists, and blasts through the defenders, and he pulls the cheering crowd into the heat of the game.

Bo is also sharp—smart enough to see through the dirt, sweat, and clashing bodies that something is wrong with the Rockland Warriors, the team that by all rights should be headed to the state championship. What will happen to the team and the season when co-captains Bo and Ted Johnson discover the truth and bring it to Coach?

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