121 Express

  • Pages:144
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:hi-lo, high interest, low reading level, reading strategies, reluctant readers
  • Pub Date:03/01/2008
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Fry Level:3.9
  • Lexile:HL620L
  • ATOS:4.2
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The students of the 121 Express are infamous for bad behavior and Lucas knows his role on the bus will determine his social standing at his new school. Lucas is tired of being one of the nerds. When he attracts the negative attention of the cool troublemakers, he saves himself by teasing another kid. His ploy works and soon Lucas is right in the center of the mayhem on the bus. He loves his new found popularity, but when the fun and games push the bus driver to a nervous collapse and hospitalizes an elderly lady, Lucas begins to question his choices.
"The plot and characters...provide good basic morals for teens who read at a lower level. Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"Explores weighty topics - racism, self-respect, compassion - without preaching, through an honest narrator to whom readers can relate."
– Montreal Review of Books
"Teens will appreciate the desire to fit in with the cool crowd and will laugh at the pranks."
– Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
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