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  • SubGenre:School & Education
  • Age Range (years):13 and up
  • Language:English
  • Pages:250
  • eBook ISBN:9781543973204
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543973198


The Real High School Adventures of a Not-so-Plain Jane

by Jane Simkins

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Jane Simkins is a typical, busy teenager entering Galesburg High School, home of the revered Silver Streaks. She's nervous about classes, getting to school on time, finding her locker, being dragged into the bathroom for a one-way ticket to "Swirlyville," and just fitting in. Presented in 161 weekly adventures over Jane's high-school career, "Streakin" touches all the bases of growing past Freshman fears to that last walk across the stage at graduation. In between are loads of life and laughs: a mix of muddy soccer cleats and marching mellophones, hair-dye disasters and Homecoming dresses, the first mad morning dash in the Black Pearl, selecting the right college…. and boys. Ranging from the monumental to the mundane, the real-life stories will have young readers anticipating and older ones reminiscing their own teenage days.

"Streakin'" is a classic coming of age story following the often hilarious and occasionally awkward adventures of a high school student. Chronicled in 161 stories of her journey from a nervous freshman to a confident senior, readers of all ages will find themselves laughing along with Jane as she navigates through four years at Galesburg High School.

About the author

Jane Simkins is a jack of all trades and a master of one - honesty, which makes her autobiographical journal and debut book Streakin' all the more relatable to anyone who is or has been a teenager. She was born and raised in the perfectly sized town of Galesburg, Illinois, where everything a teenage girl might need, or desire, is within five minutes and a couple stop lights. Jane got the writing bug by winning the locally prestigious Young Author's Award in 4th grade for her Adventures of Larry Lint. In high school, Jane became a mediocre member of the marching band, semi-decent soccer player, B-average student and a sub-par cheerleader for that one year (everyone made the team). She was your mainstream Midwestern teen who just happened to have her own column, Jane's Journal, published in the local newspaper. Jane's weekly writings on homecoming dances, student council meetings, and other high school happenstances won her the Leadership Greater Galesburg Award in 2009. Coming up on her 10-year class reunion, her articles remain refreshingly honest and relevant as she streaks through her reactions in real time from freshman orientation to senior graduation. Jane hopes her high-school self would be proud of this book but realizes her 16-year old self would "totally freak" if she knew her diary was for sale on Amazon.

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