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Jumped In

Patrick Flores-Scott


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Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don't be late to class. Don't ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest—Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam poetry unit and Sam gets paired up with the daunting, scarred, clearly-a-gang-member Luis, who happens to sit next to him in every one of his classes. Slacking is no longer an option—Luis will destroy him. Told in Sam's raw voice and interspersed with vivid poems, Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott is a stunning debut novel about differences, friendship, loss, and the power of words.

Praise For Jumped In

“Moving.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A poignant and powerful novel of friendship and courage.” —School Library Journal

“It is the transcending heartbreak of Sam and Luis' deepening friendship that beckons every reader to heed his or her own inner voice.” —Booklist

Square Fish, 9781250053985, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

About the Author

Patrick Flores-Scott currently teaches struggling elementary readers and math students. He's written for theatre and the slam poetry stage. Jumped In is his first novel. He lives Seattle with his wife and two young boys.