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121 Express
By (author): Monique Polak
9781551439761 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying Montreal Mar 01, 2008
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.5 x 7 x 0.3 in | 120 gr 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C103567 Orca Book Publishers
ALA Popular Paperbacks 2012, Long-listed
It's survival of the fittest on this bus ride.

The students of the 121 Express are infamous for bad behavior and Lucas knows his role on the bus will determine his social standing at his new school. Lucas is tired of being one of the nerds. When he attracts the negative attention of the cool troublemakers, he saves himself by teasing another kid. His ploy works and soon Lucas is right in the center of the mayhem on the bus. He loves his new found popularity, but when the fun and games push the bus driver to a nervous collapse and hospitalizes an elderly lady, Lucas begins to question his choices.

Monique Polak is the author of over twenty novels for kids and young adults. She has also written two nonfiction books for kids as well as a board book for toddlers. Monique teaches English literature, creative writing and humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal.

"The plot and characters...provide good basic morals for teens who read at a lower level. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Explores weighty topics - racism, self-respect, compassion - without preaching, through an honest narrator to whom readers can relate." - Montreal Review of Books

"Teens will appreciate the desire to fit in with the cool crowd and will laugh at the pranks." - Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

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