Life Skills

Life Skills Brian Monahan thinks his school s new community service requirement is ridiculous Especially when he s told that since he didn t submit his own community service proposal he s been assigned to volunt

  • Title: Life Skills
  • Author: Jo Ramsey
  • ISBN: 978160820570
  • Page: 430
  • Format: ebook
  • Brian Monahan thinks his school s new community service requirement is ridiculous Especially when he s told that since he didn t submit his own community service proposal, he s been assigned to volunteer in his school s Life Skills class But despite himself, he begins to enjoy working there and likes helping the kids.When he sees one of the Life Skills students being bulBrian Monahan thinks his school s new community service requirement is ridiculous Especially when he s told that since he didn t submit his own community service proposal, he s been assigned to volunteer in his school s Life Skills class But despite himself, he begins to enjoy working there and likes helping the kids.When he sees one of the Life Skills students being bullied in the school cafeteria, Brian intervenes He s been bullied enough himself because of his sexuality, and he refuses to let it happen to anyone else Using his experience in coordinating his school s Day of Silence, supporting GLBT students, he decides to organize a Spread the Word to End the Word rally at his school, using the national campaign against the R word But can Brian pull it off

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    About "Jo Ramsey"

    1. Jo Ramsey

      Jo Ramsey has been telling stories since she could talk, and has been writing them down since age five, when someone finally showed her how to make those funny little squiggles on paper Out of desperation to keep Jo occupied, her kindergarten teacher encouraged her to write stories based on books in the classroom library, and the writing addiction was born.When Jo was a teenager, she started writing young adult fiction, and still has some of the stories she wrote during junior high and high school And no one else will EVER see them Many of her stories involved normal teenagers who ended up doing or seeing extraordinary things Her main influences were Susan Cooper and Madeleine L Engle.Although Jo never stopped writing entirely, real life interfered for a while after she graduated college She worked as a special education teacher, married, and had two offspring During that time, writing was both an escape and therapy Continuing the themes from her earlier stories, Jo wrote for the teens she knew who were struggling with academics and with their lives, hoping that someday they and others like them would read and find encouragement from those stories.Jo s first young adult novel was published in 2010 Although her books vary widely in plot and characters, they all have one thing in common The belief that anyone is capable of being a hero, whether to others or in their own lives, no matter who they are or what they ve been through.Jo lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats, one of whom, like Jo, has refused to grow up.

    325 thoughts on “Life Skills”

    1. On one hand, the story in the blurb, about how Brian is working with Life Skills class and ends up organizing a "Spread the Word to End the Word" rally to STOP bullying against challenged kids (one with using the word 'retard' which is very hurtful) is VERY aspiring. I love reading about this positive message, that bullying happens to not just GLBT kids but also kids who are not 'deemed' normal. That part of the story gets 4 stars.Unfortunately, there is another set of 'life skill' here, which i [...]


    2. 4.5 stars - This book has two very interesting and important topics woven into an entertaining YA story. The first is the theme of bullying. Jo Ramsey skillfully drives home the idea that bullying cuts deep and is the same issue whether you are being tormented for being gay/bi, as the main character Brian and his boyfriend Javier have been, or for any other quality that puts you out of the all-American norm. In this short story, Brian is involuntarily introduced to the students in the Life Skill [...]


    3. Originally posted at: longandshortreviews/boBrian is called into his Guidance Counselor’s office to explain why he hasn’t turned in his community service proposal. He’s resisting doing the project because it makes high school feel even more like prison than usual. What was the point? Now, since he hadn’t thought up a plan for himself, he’s given a project instead. Every other day he has to assist the teacher in the Life Skills class – for children with special needs. Quickly calculat [...]


    4. Life Skills by Jo Ramsey is one of those short stories that stays with you long after you've read it. It niggles at youking you almost hyper aware of how you respond to the world at large after you've read itnsitizes you to your speech, your actions, even your way of thinking,Here's the so very clever way that Ms Ramsey infiltrates your thinkinge takes a normal everyday teenager (Brian) who is faced with the boring and mildly bothersome task of fulfilling mandatory high school community service [...]


    5. Title: Life Skills Author: JoRamseyPublisher: Featherweight PressISBN: 978-1-60820-570-7Buy Link: featherweightpublishingReviewer: Teresa Fallen AngelBlurb:Brian Monahan thinks his school's new community service requirement is ridiculous. Especially when he's told that since he didn't submit his own community service proposal, he's been assigned to volunteer in his school's Life Skills class. But despite himself, he begins to enjoy working there and likes helping the kids.When he sees one of the [...]


    6. At first, Brian thinks of being assigned to assist in Mr. Spinetti's Life Skills class, as a punishment. He doesn't want to be labeled as the boy who helps in the "retard" class. Having no choice than to go, he reluctantly appears as told.What he sees in the Life Skills class surprises him. He finds kids with a variety of handicaps doing t their best to learn how to cope in the real world.As a bisexual teen, Brian has had his share of bullying and teasing. An incident with one of the Life Skills [...]


    7. This is a great book with a much needed message about tolerance, not just for gay youth but anyone who is picked on for any reason. This book is about tolerance for people with learning disabilities. I can relate to this topic as I was classified learning disabled as a child and was called the R word many times but other kids.I wasn't really into the bi-sexual part because I have a problem with the concept but the story was very well written and the book well edited. It could have been a bit lon [...]


    8. A story of young goats - there is more of them in the story than young adults or children. Kids, kids, kids, Need is say more about the language of a book against disparaging language against others than to voice real concerns about the language used to attempt to stop discrimination; and all of this by a writer who states she is/are a ¨special education¨ instructor/teacher!!!!Go back to school, in order to learn proper language skills Ms Ramsey!!!!FAILED FAILED Big red letter F


    9. I really enjoyed this story and wished it was longer. The only thing I did not like was the insignificant love triangle with Brian and his girlfriend Trista and his boyfriend Javier. I don't have a problem with Brian being bisexual, I just didn't care for all the drama that come along with it. I thought that the topic in this book was very important and meaningful but that the drama with Brain's love life over shadowed the message in the book.


    10. Wonderful story about teenagers and high school. Brian dealing with his bisexuality and dating two people. He is bullied in gym and the teacher does nothing. Doing his community service in the Life skills class. Seeing one of the students being bullied and stepping in. Organizing an assembly to bring awareness to the harmful use of the word retard.


    11. This story was a very long lecture on ableism while using sexist language and phrasing. And the MC was a dickhead.




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