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How to Say Goodbye in Robotby Natalie Standiford
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At a family meeting, Ror declared her purpose:
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; I am an artist.
But she doesnand#8217;t really know what that means. Raised on a commune, sheand#8217;s never attended a day of school, and has seen little of the outside world. What she knows best is drawing. To her, itand#8217;s like breathing; itand#8217;s how she makes sense of the world.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; When her father torches the communeand#151;and himselfand#151;Rorand#8217;s life changes. She, her mother and sister end up in a homeless residence in Manhattan, where she runs into troubleand#151;and loveand#151;with Trey, the leader of Noise Ink, a graffiti crew.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; On the cityand#8217;s streets, and in its museums and galleries, Ror finds herself pulled in different directions. Her father wanted her to make classic art. Noise Ink insists she stay within their lines. Her art teacher urges her to go to college. What does she want?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; What kind of artist am I?
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;Rorand#8217;s soul-searchingand#151;expressed in remarkable pictures and sharp-edged prose, set in the gritty Manhattan of 1984and#151;is cinematic in its scope, and its seamless blend of text and art makes Into the Dangerous World a groundbreaking event in fiction.
and#147;This story of a young artistand#8217;s struggle to find her voice against all odds shimmers with authenticity. Julie Chibbaro understands the actual dynamicsand#160;of what itand#8217;s like to be a teenager facing both the volatile world of street art and the insular nature of high art. Every character feels like someone Iand#8217;ve known, debating how art fits into their life. I think Iand#8217;ve found my new favorite author!and#8221;and#151;Ron English, acclaimed street artist, culture jammer, and designer of Popaganda.
"By the time she's a senior, Beatrice Szabo is an expert at emotional detachment, having trained herself not to consider 'the houses we lived in as my house, or the street we lived on as our street.' Her biology professor father, constantly following grant money to new positions, has now brought the family to Baltimore. Bea's former best friend — her mother — is coming unhinged, miserable about moving and her deteriorating marriage. So it comes as a surprise to Bea that at her new, small private school she forms a near-instant bond with Jonah Tate, a boy with a past so tragic his withdrawal was probably inevitable. Bea and Jonah's relationship is platonic but intense — two kids drawn to each other by joint recognition of the intelligence behind the robotic facades they wear to get through high school. Bea's darkly comic sensibility carries the story, and Standiford's minor characters — including the over-50 callers on an all-night radio show Bea and Jonah listen to faithfully — provide more humor. There's no happy ending, but that, too, will give this first novel resonance with anybody on the fringe. Ages 13 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From bestselling author Natalie Standiford, an amazing, touching story of two friends navigating the dark waters of their senior year.
New to town, Beatrice is expecting her new best friend to be one of the girls she meets on the first day. But instead, the alphabet conspires to seat her next to Jonah, aka Ghost Boy, a quiet loner who hasn't made a new friend since third grade. Something about him, though, gets to Bea, and soon they form an unexpected friendship. It's not romance, exactly - but it's definitely love. Still, Bea can't quite dispel Jonah's gloom and doom - and as she finds out his family history, she understands why. Can Bea help Jonah? Or is he destined to vanish?
About the Author
Natalie Standiford is the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT, CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS, and THE SECRET TREE. She is originally from Maryland, but now lives in New York City and plays in the all-YA-author band Tiger Beat.
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