As Ever, Gordy

As Ever, Gordy

By:  Mary Downing Hahn

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Gordy couldn't be more unhappy about moving back to his hometown of College Hill, where everybody knows his family's troubled history. In North Carolina, Gordy's life had finally seemed to be on the right track. But in College Hill, Gordy and his sister, June, move into a cramped apartment with their brother Stu and his new family. The principal at Gordy's school immediately has it in for him, his old pals encourage him to cause trouble, and his one-time nemesis, Elizabeth, hates him more than ever. It seems to Gordy as though the whole world is against him. Will he slip back into his old trouble-making ways for good, or will he be able to keep growing into the successful person he was striving to become?

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547549552

  • ISBN-10: 0547549555

  • Pages: 192

  • Price: $7.99

  • Publication Date: 03/21/2011

  • Carton Quantity: 48

  • Age(s): 10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 5-7

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 680L
    • Guided Reading Level V

Mary Downing Hahn
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Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children's librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories. Her work has won more than fifty child-voted state awards.  An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland. Visit her online at www.marydowninghahnbooks.com.
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    "Hahn expertly shows how the expectations of others influence Gordy's behavior, as he struggles to step away from his bad old self; in the end he takes that step, though not without a realistic amount of backsliding….While Gordy's anger is the dominant feeling here, flashes of humor and deftly inserted historical details of the postWW II era lighten the load."--Kirkus Reviews

  • excerpts

    Born to be bad?

    Mueller cleared his throat and went on talking

    as if I hadn’t said a thing. “On the other hand,

    Donald dropped out of school the day he turned

    sixteen. Believe me, I wasn’t a bit sorry to lose

    him.” He paused and gave me another long hard

    look. “I wonder which of your brothers you take

    after, Gordon.”

     It was just the way I’d known it would be—

    everybody remembered my father and my brothers.

    They all expected me to turn out every bit as

    bad as they had. The only question was, whose

    path would I follow? Would I become the town

    drunk? Would I drop out of school and blow

    up gas stations? Would I desert if another war

    started?

     When I didn’t say anything, Mueller frowned.

    “I plan to keep an eye on you, Gordon. Any sign

    of misbehavior and I’ll come down on you hard.

    Is that clear?”

     “Yes, sir,” I muttered. His message was clear.

    It was my first day at Hyattsdale High, and the

    principal already hated me.

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547549552

  • ISBN-10: 0547549555

  • Pages: 192

  • Price: $7.99

  • Publication Date: 03/21/2011

  • Carton Quantity: 48

  • Age(s): 10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 5-7

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 680L
    • Guided Reading Level V

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