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Product Details

  • Paperback: 161 pages
  • Publisher: May Davenport Publishers; 1st edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094386447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943864471
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tate Thompson is a high school teacher in Junction City, Kansas, who lives in a world of teens——black, white, and multicultural. "Many of those kids are alive in my head," he said so I wrote their fictional characters' voices out to make a fast-paced page turner that keeps the attention of all my students. His low-high level readers loved his book "The Space Between." "Senioritis" was geared specifically for the TV-oriente teenagers.

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Hopefully Mr. Thompson is working on a sequel.
Shannon Wilson
The situations are believable and the language of the characters is a testament to this author's great ear for language.
bookguy
As an aspiring teacher, I read the book "Senioritis" at the recommendation of (of all people) my Dad.
Nicole M. Burkey

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hancock on June 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Senioritis is a young adult novel that will actually resonate with teenage readers. Capturing the diverse voices of a group of discontent teenagers, Thompson explores the very real problems of today's high schoolers. Unlike a lot of young adult novels, which only dance on the edge of serious issues, this novel directly addresses sex, depression, racism, abusive boyfriends, and disappointment in hypocritical adults. The novel pulls no punches in dealing with these issues, yet ultimately celebrates the amazing resilience of today's youth. With seven narrative voices coming together to tell a fast-paced story, everyone will find a character to identify with. Each of these narrators must successfully complete the after-school program in order to graduate, but this is only a starting point for all the internal strife and external drama that engulfs the students as they begin to move beyond high school and into a new world where they must discover their own values and voices. From Nakiesha--a sistah with serious attitude--to the intellectual Gemini--who sits in a desk "pondering the ramifications of my recent juvenile impulsiveness"--these are all characters who immediately jump off of the page and into the reader's heart. As a lover of young adult fiction, I was thrilled to find a book that actually captures the voices of real young people--black and white, male and female. This is quite an accomplishment by Tate Thompson, and Senioritis is a book to be read, read again, and shared with friends. You will love it!!!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on September 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was amazing in every way. I have never read a book that showed more about what teenage life is all about these days. The problems these few teenagers incountered throughout this book completely blew me away. I never would have thought a 17 year old boy could be half as brilliant as Gemini was. The author of this book is a truely amazing writer. I read about scandals I had thought only a full grown adult could handle, but these students,who were thought to be deliquents, managed to get by easily. Through much suffering and sadness along with great joy these kids learned who they really were. This books makes its reader feel as if they are in the same classroom with these students struggling to figure out where to go next in their lives. I felt like I was apart of their lives, in their world while I read. I couldn't put this book down once.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ashely Reynolds on September 22, 2003
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I believe that this book has been one of the best written young adult books ever! The author is very talented and seems to know how to grab the attention of an audience, young and old! I love how he can write a whole book full of journals from characters he's made up and make it sound as if it were from actual students! This book really shows his passion for understanding and communicating with his students! Good Luck on your future books Tate Thompson! You're going to go far as an author, you are a great writer!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Misty Tolbert on October 12, 2003
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Definitely a page turner! It is obvious that Mr Thompson is a teacher that cares about his students, and is not in the classroom just collecting a check. It takes a special person to reach out to the children that are present in our schools today and there are not many with the ability to touch the kids lives like Mr Thompson has been able to. This book grabs the minds of young teens and is a book that they are bound to finish. Mr Thompson has a talent that will enable him to touch childrens lives outside the children that are privledged enough to have him as a teacher and mentor. Although I believe this can be an eye opener for some, it does touch on things that actually happen in childrens lives today. If read with an open mind it may acutually bring some of us out of our "box" and into what is real in the majority of schools throughout our country.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nicole M. Burkey on September 25, 2003
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As an aspiring teacher, I read the book "Senioritis" at the recommendation of (of all people) my Dad. He loved the book and thought it would introduce me to the "real world" of high school education. Once again, Father does know best.
The book was insightful and inspiring. I could relate, in some way, to each of the fictional characters in Mr. Thompson's book. Senioritis portrays the life of high school students just as it is, no sugarcoating. I admire Mr. Thompson for being brave enough to write this book from the standpoint of the students, rather than how the teachers view the students, not many teachers are able to see into their students' minds and truly relate to them.
Thank you, Mr. Thompson, for a wonderfully written tribute to what life in high school is really like! I can't wait to read your next book!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "anhvumd" on October 11, 2003
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After reading Senioritis, I am eagerly awaiting a sequel. Tate Thompson's style of writing is a witty, realistic, and refreshing. Topics covered in the book are very relevent to today's teens. Thompson does not sugercoat the tough issues that today's teens encounter. I passed this book along to my teenage brother, and he shared the same reaction after completing the book. He has recommended the book to his friends and teachers. He reported to me that his high school academic council is considering adopting the book as a part of next year's elective reading list. Order the book for yourself or a teen in your life. You won't regret it!
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