(YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE GRADE)

 
 

One Too Many Lies

Paige and her friends tell the subtle lies that are a part of daily life. White lies, to avoid insulting friends. Fibs, to escape unwanted scrutiny from peers. Half-truths, to evade their parents’ surveillance. The final lie is a familiar one that has been told by many after a night out... The consequence is an accident that unravels all of Paige’s deceit – exposing the reality of her lifestyle to her parents and teachers, and serving as her own personal wake-up call.

This is a Hi-lo YA verse novel, great for struggling readers.

Released by West 44 Books on December 1st, 2018.


REVIEWS

Escalating fibs, little white lies, omissions, inventions, and outright falsehoods escort three teenage girls into the seductive world of underage partying.

Paige transitions from a 16-year-old who loves the color and crunch of fall leaves and wants to be a writer to a stereotypical party girl sneaking out to drink. With her best friends, Kate and Abby, Paige slides down the drain along with alcohol and drugs to meet the predatory men who lurk at the bottom. In a headlong rush to leave childhood behind, all three girls take advantage of oblivious parents and a culture that glorifies alcohol, pot, and parties. A pregnancy scare, a drunken blackout, unwanted intimacy, and a broken heart predestine the BFFs to an inevitable climax that forever damages their innocence… Using italicized conversations and the parsimonious application of capitalization and punctuation to enhance her rhythmic poetry, debut author Bowen ultimately offers a glimmer of redemption. Without judgment, she uses Paige’s first-person narrative to show the dangers of alcohol and drugs by constructing a linear path of poems that will haunt the reader...

Layers of lies about alcohol and pot transform a teenage girl into a stranger even she barely recognizes in this engaging novel for reluctant readers.
— Kirkus Review
 

 
Meet the Power Coders: Peter, Jack (a canine coder), Grace, Tommy, and Naya!  Strong computational thinking skills are just some of the qualities that the Power Coders—members of the after-school computer club at Newton High—bring to solving mysteries throughout their town and school. These graphic novels follow their adventures and provide readers the opportunity to use algorithmic thinking to solve problems right along with the coders. Dazzling illustrations, humorous dialogue, and exciting plot developments are sure to keep burgeoning programmers entertained while they explore the skills needed to write computer code.

Meet the Power Coders: Peter, Jack (a canine coder), Grace, Tommy, and Naya!

Strong computational thinking skills are just some of the qualities that the Power Coders—members of the after-school computer club at Newton High—bring to solving mysteries throughout their town and school. These graphic novels follow their adventures and provide readers the opportunity to use algorithmic thinking to solve problems right along with the coders. Dazzling illustrations, humorous dialogue, and exciting plot developments are sure to keep burgeoning programmers entertained while they explore the skills needed to write computer code.

 

Power Coders

Huey's GUI and The Missing Programmer are part of the Power Coders series. This is a set of middle grade graphic novels, to be released in 2018 and 2019 through PowerKids Press.


Huey's GUI
Cupcake Castle is the latest craze in town. Now the Power Coders are devastated to hear that their favorite local bakery, Huey's Gooey Cupcakes, is crumbling under the competition. They use knowledge of UX and UI design to surmise a sweet strategy to improve Huey's web presence and save this neighborhood treasure. But something more sinister is amiss. When the site launches, chaos ensues. They're running out of time to restore order to the world of cupcakes! Will the Coders' creativity, teamwork, and problem solving skills be enough to save Huey's? Readers are in for a treat with this beautifully illustrated adventure full of mystery and humor.


The Missing Programmer
The Power Coders are excited to meet their idol, Sam Cyber - a famous programmer and author who has promised to visit their school. When Sam doesn't show, the Coders are devastated. But "The Missing Programmer" has left them a strange computer program, and with it another mystery to solve. The Power Coders will need to understand pseudocode and flowcharts, and gather clues and debug the program. Will they be able to pass the test and find The Missing Programmer before it's too late? Full of colorful illustrations and humorous dialogue, this story takes readers on an unexpected adventure.