High interest books for a quick read; good for Read 180 students and English Learners
Breathless by Pam Withers
Beverly is in Hawaii, helping her uncle at his dive shop, learning how to dive and trying to lose weight and get a boyfriend. When Garth, an accomplished diver, shows an interest in her, Beverly is ecstatic, until it turns out Garth is only interested in one thing. Struggling with failing strength from her self-imposed starvation diet, Beverly finds herself in deep trouble when she has to fight Garth off underwater.
Bull Rider by Marilyn Halvorson
Layne is determined to be a bull rider like his father — who was killed by a bull.
Sticks and Stones by Beth Goobie (in YA fiction)
After developing an unearned reputation as a slut, Jujube finds a novel way to take on her tormentors and help a group of girls win back their self-esteem.