Series: Alternative   

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Annotation: Jose serves as the bridge between his non-English speaking family and the rest of the world, and because money is tight Jose works nights and arrives at school so tired that teachers at his alternative high school step in to help.
Catalog Number: #82981
Format: Library Binding
No other formats available
Special Formats: High Low High Low
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 92 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-467-73903-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-467-73903-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013041390
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Each installment of this new hi/lo series focuses on the turnaround experienced by one featured teen via his/her experience at an alternative high school. Issues range from gang life to anxiety disorders to crushing family responsibilities and beyond, and protagonists' previous (unfortunate) choices are presented with refreshing candor. The messaging often overtakes character development, privileging adult perspectives and simplifying the teens' struggles.
Word Count: 10,687
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 166375 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.3 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q65295
Lexile: 800L

Jos can't keep up. As the only English speaker in a family of undocumented immigrants, he handles everything from taking family members to the doctor to bargaining with the landlord. Plus he works two jobs. With all this responsibility, he's missing a lot of school. When he does make it, he falls asleep in class. Jos knows he has to turn things around if he wants to graduate from Rondo Alternative High School. Can he raise his grades enough to have a shot at college and a better life? Or will he be forced to drop out of school for good? -- "Journal"

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