From the Series The Alternative

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

After serving time for assault, Jada lands in foster care and a new school to try to turn her life around. She knows she has to control her bursts of anger if she wants to go home to her mom. But the Markhams’ house rules are unbearable. And what makes the staff at Rondo Alternative High School any different from the teachers who’ve written her off before? When tensions flare, Jada is put to the test. Can she find the strength to make the right decisions and regain her mom’s trust—before it’s too late?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.3
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF011000, YAF018050, YAF058110
Dewey FIC
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 690
ATOS Reading Level 4.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 166377
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed


  • In the Margins: Best Books for Teens Nominee, Nominated, 2015


Library Media Connection

“These high-interest low-level books provide intriguing storylines packed into a relatively short novel….This series should attract an array of readers seeking an edgier teenage drama.”―Library Media Connection


“Because of Jones’s extensive experience working in juvenile detention centers and with teens at many alternative centers, these books are quite realistic and make an excellent bridge for lower level readers and fans of the popular Bluford High and Urban Underground series who are looking for more of a challenge.” —VOYA

Author: Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.