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Winner "Honorable Mention" Writer´s Digest 9th Annual Book Competition "In a few pages Scalia takes the readers into a realistic junior high environment that could be theirs. Hildy, Scotty, Harrison, Carmine are so real! Scalia treats them with the respect each deserves. The voice of the story and Hildy´s voice are loud and clear. Young adults of different reading levels will enjoy this book. Adults should read it too." Editor, Writer´s Digest . Featured author and "Book of the Year" at the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English (WPCTE) English Festival 2002 Hildy, a 14 year old born with a congenital hip defect, narrates her 9th Grade experience in Vanderville Junior High. Since the death of her mother, a classical ballet dancer, her father has taken Hildy "on the road," moving from place to place in their effort to forget. "Always the new girl," Hildy finds herself in yet another school in yet another town, where she meets Scotty Dwyer, a dwarf, and Harrison Jakove, the school doormat. The three misfits band together in an act of self defense against the WHEELS, and become the FREAKs. In the end all their lives are changed forever. FREAKs is funny and it is sad. It will make you laugh and cry. It is a book that anyone who has ever gone to school will love and long remember. Sample Reviews and Reader Reactions "I love the book! It"s great! The book is wonderful. It has a little bit of everything in it!" - Natalie Emerson, student and radio host "Nat Chat Live" WELE 1380 AM, Ponce Inlet, FL "I could not put this book down until it was finished! What an inspirational and heart-warming story about the challenges of adolescence. I laughed and I cried. It is a beautiful story. I will encourage my students to read this story before they graduate to middle school. They"ll learn great lessons about friendships and good character! Thank you. It was truly a pleasure!" - Kate MacDoonald, 5th Grade Teacher, Jericho Elementary School, Centereach, NY "I love coming across books that I [am able] to recommend to a reluctant reader and be confident they will not only finish reading it, but will share it with friends before returning it! This is that kind of book. This is a winner!" - Carol Byrne, High School Librarian, Deer Park, NY "It will make you laugh and make you cry, often both at once. It´s a wonderful story of friendship and of finally belonging. " - Marcia Brice, Teacher, Barnum Woods School, East Meadow, NY "My 11 year old son and I both read FREAKs . I couldn"t put it down. As I was reading it, I felt like I was right there with Harrison, Hildy and Scotty. I laughed a lot and as soon as they lit those candles, I knew things were going to get bad. My son too enjoyed the book. I"m getting ready to read it again with my 9 year old son, and then my mom wants to read it. Thanks for a great read! - Victoria and Thomas L, parent and student, Deer Park, NY "I loved the book FREAKs . It actually made me cry a little. This book was one of the best books I"ve ever read. You inspire me to become a writer." - Ashley W, student, East Lake School, Massapequa Park, NY "I LOVED YOUR BOOK FREAKs ! It should be a movie. This book was soooo exciting! I read it in two days!" - Kristen K, student, North Bellmore, NY "The book was great! Sometimes I get into the book soooo much that I get emotional. And that is exactly what I did with FREAKs . Now I am going to ask my mom to buy Pearl ." - Lindsay R, Atkinson School student, Freeport, NY "I really liked your book FREAKs . A sequel would be cool!" - Erika, student, Sayville HS, Sayville, NY " FREAKs is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I could read it a hundred times and still enjoy it as much as the first time." - Louden P, student, Smithtown, NY " FREAKs is a wonderful book. It really tells how people feel about friends, death and important issues. I could read it over and over again." - Craig I, student, Commack, NY "As one who was teased throughout high school - FREAKs made me cry and realize how cruel life can be. I even dreamed of being back in high school after reading FREAKs . I was teased as usual in my dream but this time I stood up for myself. Too bad it was only a dream." - Parent, Long Island, NY "I bought your book March 28th and finished March 29th. I really enjoyed it." - Jessica S, student, Park Avenue School, Merrick, NY "Enjoyed the book and included a review in a project for a class called "Bully Prevention."" - Sari Scott, teacher, Commack Schools, Commack, NY "I enjoyed your book FREAKs so much I want to make a movie out of it. I"m in 9th Grade. Let"s keep in touch so we can talk and we could make the film together." - Anthony I, student, St. James, NY "I finally found time to read FREAKs . It was excellent, fast reading and I think kids from 6th grade and up should read this. Soon I"ll read Pearl ." - Paula Minsky, parent, Oceanside, NY "I loved the book FREAKs . Particularly when the FREAKs let their own jackets turn the tables on the negative implications of the title "freaks." I believe that is a key for kids who need to reclaim their self-worth and self-esteem." Paul Rodriguez, author RODRO Books for Character Education, Ronkonkoma, NY "I absolutely loved your book FREAKs . It was amazing. I read it twice and then today I saw it on my bookcase. I am on my third time reading it. It is my favorite book ever." - Jessica K, student, Wantagh, NY "I thought the book FREAKs was a sad but great book. I think the book is a story everyone can relate to. I can"t wait to read Pearl ." - Thomas, student, Long Island, NY "I received your book from my mother and I have just finished reading it and thought it was written very well." - Joey F, student, Nesconset, NY "I really enjoyed your book. I couldn"t put it down. The end was surprising. I would never have guessed. The book was great!" - Alexa R, student, Massapequa Park, NY "I absolutely LOVED the book FREAKs . This is probably the best book that I have read. My teacher is reading it now and she loves it as much as I did. I love your books. You"re a great writer." - Kiersten L, age 12, Islip, NY "I really loved the book FREAKs . The FREAKs school really related to a real school with your bullies and nerds! This is one of my favorite books." - Maryanne A, student, Shoreham, NY "I LOVE YOUR BOOK. I couldn"t put it down at all. It was so good I read it in two days." - Emily T, student, Bretton Woods School, Hauppauge, NY "I LOVE the book FREAKs . It was great! It really teaches kids to stand up for what is right. This book definitely deserves a sequel!" - Kiersten L, student, Alleghany School, Lindenhurst, NY "I have read your book FREAKs . I really loved the characters and I cried like a baby. But it is a great book." - Madison L, student, Shirley, NY "That was a great book. It is probably one of the best books I have ever rea in my entire life. Thank you for writing FREAKs . You are a great author." - Erin, student, Selden, NY "I loved your book. It was the best book I ever read. The ending made me cry though." - Danny G, student, Port Jefferson, NY "I loved your book FREAKs . I couldn"t put it down. I read it in 2 days! Since reading this book I really want to write a book just like it." - Alex C, student, Patchogue, NY "I really enjoyed reading FREAKs . It only took me two hours to read! I can really relate to friends sticking up for each other. Thank you." Daniel F, studen

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