By Gail Giles

LC ISBN: 9780763662677

With light humor and unflinching realism, Gail Giles tells the gritty, eventually hopeful tale of 2 certain ed childrens coming into the grownup world.

We comprehend stuff. We simply research a while. And such a lot of what we comprehend is that individuals what ain’t Speddies imagine we too silly to get out our personal approach. And that makes me mad.

Quincy and Biddy are either graduates in their excessive school’s targeted ed software, yet they couldn’t be extra diverse: suspicious Quincy faces the area along with her fists up, whereas mild Biddy is nervous to step outdoor her entrance door. whilst they’re thrown jointly as roommates of their first "real world" condominium, it first and foremost appears an uneasy healthy. yet as Biddy’s previous resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing event that nobody must have to head via on my own, the 2 of them detect that they may have extra in universal than they inspiration — and extra very important, that they may be capable to aid one another movement forward.

Hard-hitting and compassionate, Girls Like Us is a narrative approximately growing to be up in an international that may be merciless, and discovering the power — and the help — to hold on.

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3 All the local shops have run out of candles, so everyone’s going to All Saints Catholic Church on the edge of the Heath to buy them. If someone is old or sick, the priests give them candles for free. I went down there for Mum this evening after school and it was so surreal—the giant arches flickering in the dim candlelight and all the people huddled together at the altar for their candle ration. Hypocrites. When did we all last go to church? Another weird thing I’m noticing is people walking around just talking to themselves.

Who, though? , Feb. 17 I watched the news tonight. A group of world leaders have come to London for the run-up to Kyoto 3. They bused them thru town in a hydro coach. You could see them looking at us on the streets like we were rats in a lab. The rationers. They know they’re next and they want to see how miserable we really are. And the weird thing is it makes us all act really casual, like nothing’s happening—that we’ve never seen a mango or flown abroad or driven a car or had a warm house before.

Mind? ” And then everything went into slo-mo as Dad picked up her card, stepped across to the meter, and swiped the card thru the slot. There was a moment’s silence, then the machine whirred, the earth turned—and a slip of white printout slid into Dad’s waiting fingers. He stared at the paper in silence for a few moments, frowning. “This can’t be right. ” Mum clip-clopped across the room and snatched it off him. 48 “Oh, it’s all some mistake. Look, press the Further Details button on the meter .

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