YABC Scavenger Hunt: Freshman Fourteen (Beth Rodgers), Plus Excerpt & Extra Giveaway!
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Beth Rodger's Freshman Fourteen as part of the YABC Scavenger Hunt!
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Meet Beth Rodgers!
Beth Rodgers is an author, editor, and college English instructor. She has published two novels, 'Freshman Fourteen' and 'Sweet Fifteen,' with main character Margot Maples. She is currently working on taking Margot through her junior and senior years of high school in the next two books in the series. Besides her love of writing, she is an avid TV and movie watcher, loves reading and reviewing young adult novels, editing fiction and non-fiction works, and providing writing consults and coaching for businesses and their employees. She especially enjoys instilling her love of writing and literature into her own students as well as during writing presentations and workshops with school and library groups. She lives with her husband and sons in Michigan.
Her current writing projects include taking Margot through her junior and senior years, as well as working on a study abroad novel about a girl getting ready to enter her senior year of high school. Beth’s other interests include reading and reviewing young adult novels, editing fiction and non-fiction works, and providing writing consults and coaching for businesses and their employees. Beth enjoys instilling her love of writing and literature into her own students as well as during writing presentations and workshops with school and library groups.
Meet Freshman Fourteen!
Navigating the halls of Kipperton High should be easy for someone like Margot Maples. She's smart, sweet, and ready to start fresh. But with her best friend moved away, she's stuck wondering just how to fit in. Making her transition more difficult is Max, who always knows how to push her buttons, Walter, her geeky suitor, Cassie, the girl who seemingly has it all, and Peter, her first true crush. So, life doesn't go just the way she hopes. Join Margot on a journey through the beginning of ninth grade – a time when your reputation is determined by the most trivial of matters, including where you eat, how many friends you have, and – most notably – who you kiss.
~ Excerpt ~
“Walter’s planning to audition,” said Mr. Gribble in a jovial tone, as Walter stared down at his piece of pizza, nervously awaiting the end of this conversation.
“Really, Walter, that’s wonderful,” Mrs. Maples interjected, eyeing Walter with a look of mingled excitement and pity at the fact that Walter would probably never get a great part in the play, owing to his nerdy demeanor and overly shy disposition. Walter mumbled a bit under his breath about his parents desperately wanting him to try out, and Mrs. Maples nudged Margot again, giving her that all-too-motherly look that she should say something nice to Walter.
“I’m auditioning too,” Margot stated politely, and Walter looked up anxiously.
“Really? Well, maybe we can practice our monologues on each other – if you don’t mind.”
Margot instantaneously regretted chiming in, and secretly longed for that bruised ribcage again. Walter was definitely not her idea of a great practice partner, and she was set on getting a role in the first play of her high school career.
“Sure, maybe, we’ll see.” Margot couldn’t think of enough tentative answers to fulfill her desire to make him realize she just wasn’t all that interested. Walter, ever the apple who had not fallen far from the tree, couldn’t have been more anticipatory than he was at that moment, and Mr. and Mrs. Gribble followed suit.
“Wonderful, just wonderful,” Mrs. Gribble announced across the table to Margot’s parents. “I see these two are going to be hard to separate now that audition season is in our midst. We’ll have to make plans to get together and watch them practice.”
Now you might think that all of this was enough to adequately humiliate me. But there’s more. In the next few moments after we finished talking about the play, the most awful thing happened that I’m sure will forever be indelibly marked in people’s memories. To put it in terms that people of all ages can understand, it was just the most incredibly unfair, unbelievable, embarrassing, and controversial thing that has ever happened to me. You’re anxious to know what it was, aren’t you? My feelings about recalling this memory more often than I have to aside, I will recount the hideousness that was this evening...
By: Beth Rodgers
Publisher: Clear Stone Press
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Ok...so the cover at first glance I thought was kind of plain. BUT... upon reading the synopsis it fits perfectly!! Its the epitomy of a typical highschool... and a typical normal freshman! So the cover gets an A+! I love it! ?