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Happenings Hardcover – Bargain Price, March, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (March 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060289287
  • ASIN: B008W2YPB8
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,796,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The stakes couldn't be lower or the motives more confusing in this muddled first novel. Kelsey and her fellow students in AP English class are disappointed that their teacher, Mrs. Delaney, has gone from leading lively discussions on important books to assigning routine worksheets. Instead of talking to her (Why not? "It was a question Kelsey didn't want to answer"), they try passive resistance, refusing to do any work. Oddly, it takes only three days for all the students to be in danger of failing the course. What about college? Kelsey's guardian, her policeman brother, Russ, orders her to end the protest, and he confines her to the house, takes away the car and refuses to converse with her except via instant messages until she complies. Russ's emotional withdrawal upsets Kelsey, but in the end, Cobb seems to endorse his autocratic technique: "I simply noticed my withdrawal was making you squirm when nothing else worked," Russ says. Kelsey who by now has solved the problem by addressing the obvious fact that Mrs. Delaney's personal life is in crisis seems happy that his manipulations have taught her to curb her rebellious spirit. A budding romance goes nowhere and a mysterious envelope never gets opened, so even readers who stick this out to the end will find themselves frustrated. Ages 12-up.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

Grades 7-10--Kelsey Gene Blackwell and her classmates have begun a protest against their Advanced Placement English teacher, refusing to do anything in class until she resumes teaching the way she did the first half of the year. The teacher calls their bluff, and the standoff continues, causing disturbances in the school and homes of the students involved. Kelsey's older brother and legal guardian, Russ, a local policeman, is determined that the whole affair should come to an end immediately. Kelsey's father is recently deceased, her mother is institutionalized, and Russ demands that Kelsey live up to their father's expectations. Tension builds as several of the students try to call off the demonstration, and they discover the reason for their teacher's inattentive teaching style. This is an unlikely plot, but Cobb mixes in-depth characterization and a few twists with an intense family story to keep readers interested. Its real strength is the brother-sister relationship.
Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Hardcover
This was a really good book about real kids. Kids that don't have to get drunk or have sex. I liked it a lot. The strike was cool, but it made me realize, how hard it would be to stand up to everyone and miss out on your senior year. More like this one please.
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By Laura Stewart on May 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I thought this book would be funny(if you want to read a funny book i do NOT suggest this one). Do not go into reading this book looking for a funny story. Other than that I think it was well written and it drew me in easily.
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Format: Paperback
I am very fond of this book. I can't put my finger on why, exactly, I like it so much. The only think I've been able to come up with is that it's just a good book. A really good book. What more can you ask for?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea ... on July 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found this book dissapointing and boring. The older brother Russ, was unreasonable, annoying, and upseting to me, and there was no solid reason for that behavior at the end of the book. In addition, the main character, Kelsy Gene whines about it and does nothing until the situation spirals out of control. The whole book is just description of procrastination. And of course, everything worked out perfectly at the end. In addition, the short romance scences (and they were short) seemingly had no meaning and nothing to do with the plot. In addition, i had the feeling that teenagers weren't being represented accuratly. Perhaps it was the descriptions or something, or maybe I'm just overanalyzing. But i didnt not find this book an enjoyable ready and was upset at myself over wasting time finishing the book. There are better books out there....
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