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In this YA contemporary novel from bestselling author Nancy Rue, the issues of abuse and its emotional effects are explored as Bryn O’Connor struggles to find her voice while many of her one-time friends doubt she’s telling the truth and her ex-boyfriend won’t let go of their past.

Bryn has learned to keep her mouth shut. But when a trip to the hospital following a car accident reveals bruises and injuries inflicted by her boyfriend days and months before, her biggest secret is unwillingly unleashed. And though a restraining order is meant to keep her safe from Preston, it seems nothing can protect her from her supposed friends, who refuse to believe Preston is capable of such violence and look to punish her for what happened to him. Making Bryn wonder if finally telling the truth only made things worse.

The stress and loneliness leaves Bryn feeling crazy—especially when it seems like the leather book she picked up at the hospital is reading her thoughts. It doesn’t help that her visiting grandma, Mim, is convinced surfing lessons and homemade Mexican food will somehow help Bryn regain control and focus away from the bullying messages pinging her phone. Though when Preston breaks the restraining order yet again, and a trial date looms, it’s clear the only way out of the tsunami that is her life is to charge in and take control of the waves around her.

Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble:

uses a fictional setting to explore the real-life issues of abuse and quieted voices young women facedelves into the concepts of finding your voice, overcoming difficult circumstances, and working past feelings of self-blameprovides an inspirational message for those dealing with tough circumstancesis the second book in the Real Life series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel
Christina, Grant, Mimi and Papa head for Hawaii in search of paradise and find five islands' worth of mystery, history, lava legends, voracious volcanoes, World War II wonder, BIG waves, and more!

LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more!
Hawaiian History - Polynesian settlers, ancient temples - Origins and culture of early Hawaiians Š Hawaiian Language Š Hawaiian Food Specialties: Poi, smoked pig, pineapple juice, coconuts, poke Š Hawaiian Legends: Pele, Goddess of the Volcano, Giant Lake Creature Š Hawaiian Geography: Location - Fauna: Palm trees, bougainvillea flowers, plumeria, reefs, protea, naupaka shrubs - Volcanoes: Steam vents, ash, rock, lava - Rain Forests: strawberry guava trees, Ohia tree - Isolated Archipelago - Longest island chain in the whole world - Facts about Mauna Kea; Basalt Rock, adze, red and black rock cylinder cones Š Hawaiian Economy - Farming: Pineapples, sugarcane, coffee, Macadamia Nuts - Fishing: Sea life, tropical fish, Moray eel Š Scrimshaw Š Hawaiian Luau: Decorations, Bougainvillea flowers, Traditional Hawaiian dance, Hula skirts, Smoked pig Š Hawaiian Lei Š Sea shells: igloo shells, spiral shells, snail shells Š Altitude Sickness Š Twin Keck Telescopes Facts Š USS Arizona Memorial layout and history Š Pearl Harbor Š Surfing description and terminology.

Honolulu International Airport - USS Arizona War Memorial, Honolulu, HI Š The Royal Hawaiian Hotel (The Pink Palace) - Bus ride along the shore of Oahu to Waimea Bay Beach - Makaha - The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls Hilo - Keaau, Oahu, HI Š Volcanoes National Park - Tour Van to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Keck Observatory, Mauna Kea - Onizuka Visitor Station - Mauna Kea adze quarry (HI's highest national landmark) - The Kona Coast - The Kona Coast, Big Island Š Halawa Valley - Moaula Falls - Ruins of temples, Molokai, HI Š Diamond Head Volcanic Crater Š Banzai Pipeline Š Lahaina Beach, Maui, HI Š The Pagoda Guest House, Kuluniapia Falls, HI Š Helicopter tour of the Volcanoes Š Deep Sea Fishing Tour Š Captain Cook Memorial, Kona, HI Š Hawaiian Village, Waikiki Beach, HI.

Like all of Carole Marsh Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities.

Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book:
Grade Levels: 3-6
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 5.1
Accelerated Reader Points: 2
Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 135935
Lexile Measure: 800
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q
Developmental Assessment Level: 40
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