Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Dumbleton, Mike.
New York : Allen & Unwin, 2003.
ISBN 1865085324
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There are two sides to every story ­ isnít that what they say? Itís high school; itís Australia. Itís the deputy (assistant) principal--a nice guy or ? And itís mean Jamie Joel--sheís got an attitude, a rotten home life, and a foul mouth. She babysits for neighbor Cheryl who has two kids (Alex is older and out of control), a rotten boyfriend, and a dead-end job working at a pub. Jamie runs from home; now add a boyfriend to the mix. Whoís helping whom? Someone dies, someone lives. In alternating text, see what transpires in the lives of Jamie and Mr. Eliot.  (Shelley Sweeney, West High School, Sioux City, IA)
SUBJECTS:     Teacher-student relationships -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        School discipline -- Fiction.
                        Australia -- Fiction.
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