Category Archives: Student Success

Spare Parts

Spare Parts

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Paperback
240 pages • $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-53498-1


Los Inventores
Spanish Language Edition
Paperback
240 pages • $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-374-28450-3

Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream

Joshua Davis

Finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

Spare Parts is a delightful book . . . Davis writes well, and he keeps his plot moving swiftly . . . A great American story.”—Peter Carlson, The Washington Post

In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much—but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot.

And build a robot they did.

They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition—and yet, against all odds . . . they won!

But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story—which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement—will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan. Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country—even as the country tried to kick them out.

Spare Parts is an unforgettable tale of hope and human ingenuity. Joshua Davis offers a moving testament to how teamwork, perseverance, and a few good teachers can lift up and empower even the humblest among us.”—Héctor Tobar, author of Deep Down Dark

“It’s the most American of stories: how determination and ingenuity can bring triumph over long odds. There are too few stories like these written about Latino students. Poignant and beautifully told, Spare Parts makes you feel their frustration at the obstacles and indignities faced by Cristian, Lorenzo, Luis, and Oscar—and to cheer as they rise to overcome each one of them.”—Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey 

“This is important reading . . . Young adults will benefit from from reading and discussing this realistic, eye-opening chronicle . . . Davis pulls no punches as he describes the grim sociopolitical atmosphere that allows the oppression of talented people for no morally acceptable reason. The four young inventors and their struggles helped spur the DREAMers movement.”—Donna Chavez, Booklist (starred review)

“A gratifying human interest story that calls attention to the plight and promise of America’s undocumented youth.”Library Journal

“Davis takes what could have been another feel-good story of triumphant underdogs and raises the stakes by examining the difficulties of these young immigrants in the context of the societal systems that they briefly and temporarily overcame.”Publishers Weekly

Joshua Davis © Sebastian Mlynarski

© Sebastian Mlynarski

Joshua Davis is a contributing editor at Wired and a cofounder of Epic magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

Spare Parts has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Alamo Heights High School (TX); The Browning School (NY); Cedar Valley College (TX); Chemeketa Community College (OR); Concordia University (TX); Hesston College (KS); Hood College (MD); Kansas State University; Lafayette Public Library and School District (LA); Lewis University (IL); Miami University (OH); Monroe Community College (NY); Nash Community College (NC); North Iowa Area Community College; North Lake College (TX); Norwalk Community College (CT); Oakland University, The Honors College (MI); Pasadena City College (CA); Providence College (RI); Rutgers University, Honors College (NJ); Salem State University (MA); Stony Brook University (NY); University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science; University of Michigan College of Engineering; Washington State University, Vancouver; Winthrop University (SC)

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It Takes a School

It Takes a School

Henry Holt and Co.
Hardcover
272 pages • $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-11346-7

The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World’s #1 Failed State

Jonathan Starr

An inspiring story of how an American hedge fund manager created a unique school in Somaliland whose students, against all odds, have come to achieve success beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Jonathan Starr, once a cutthroat hedge fund manager, is not your traditional do-gooder, and in 2009, when he decided to found Abaarso, a secondary school in Somaliland, the choice seemed crazy to even his closest friends. Why,” they wondered, “would he turn down a life of relative luxury to relocate to an armed compound in a breakaway region of the world’s #1 failed state?” It Takes a School is the story of how an abstract vision became a transformative reality, as Starr set out to build a school in a place forgotten by the world. It is the story of a skeptical and clan-based society learning to give way to trust. And it’s the story of the students themselves, including a boy from a family of nomads who took off on his own in search of an education and a girl who waged a hunger strike in order to convince her strict parents to send her to Abaarso. Abaarso has placed forty graduates and counting in American universities, from Harvard to MIT, and sends Somaliland a clear message: its children can compete with anyone in the world. Now the initial question Starr was asked demands another: “If such a success can happen in an unrecognized breakaway region of Somalia, can it not happen anywhere?”

© Patrick Adams

Jonathan Starr founded and led the private investment firm Flagg Street Capital, worked as an analyst at SAB Capital Management and Blavin and Company, Inc., and as a research associate within the Taxable Bond Division at Fidelity Investments. His work in Somaliland has been written about in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, CNN, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Born Bright

Born Bright

St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover
256 pages • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-250-06992-4

A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America

C. Nicole Mason

“I’m glad that Mason wrote this urgent memoir, showing not only what poverty looks like but what it feels like as well . . . You will be far better off after having read Born Bright, not just because it’s a powerful story, but also because it’s one so seldom heard.”—Essence 

Born in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California, C. Nicole Mason was raised by a beautiful, but volatile 16-year-old single mother. Early on, she learned to navigate between an unpredictable home life and school where she excelled. By high school, Mason was seamlessly straddling two worlds. The first, a cocoon of familiarity where street smarts, toughness and the ability to survive won the day. The other, foreign and unfamiliar with its own set of rules, not designed for her success. After moving to Las Vegas to live with her paternal grandmother, she worked nights at a food court in one of the Mega Casinos while finishing school. Having figured out the college application process by eavesdropping on the few white students in her predominantly Black and Latino school along with the help of a long ago high school counselor, Mason eventually boarded a plane for Howard University, alone and with $200 in her pocket. While showing us her own path out of poverty, Mason examines the conditions that make it nearly impossible to escape and exposes the presumption harbored by many—that the poor don’t help themselves enough.

© Dewayne Rogers Photography

C. Nicole Mason is the Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest (CR2PI) and she has taught at Spelman College and New York University. Her writing and commentary has appeared in major newspapers and outlets across the country, including MSNBC, CNN, The Nation, The Miami Herald, and numerous NPR affiliates, among others.

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Lit Up

Lit Up

Picador
Paperback
288 pages • $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-11703-8

One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives.

David Denby

“Denby makes an impassioned case for the critical importance of books to the lives of young people.”—Dale Russakoff, The New York Times Book Review

It’s no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don’t read seriously—they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester county. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves, including The Scarlet Letter, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, Notes From Underground, A Long Way Gone and many more. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books.

© Nina Subin

David Denby is the author of Great Books, American Sucker, Snark, and Do the Movies Have a Future? He is a staff writer and former film critic for The New Yorker, and his reviews and essays have appeared in The New Republic,The Atlantic, and New York magazine, among other places. He lives in New York City with his wife, writer Susan Rieger.

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College Success

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Connections

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
416 pages • $60.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-2840-5
LaunchPad

Connections

Empowering College and Career Success
First Edition

Paul A. Gore, Wade Leuwerke, A. J. Metz

Are you looking for a college success resource that speaks to the all aspects of a student’s college experience? Connections is an innovative new text that offers the ideal balance of motivation, academics, and life skills. It starts with comprehensive coverage of the topics typically covered in the introductory course but has a unique emphasis on goal-setting, life skills and career planning. In every chapter, students are encouraged to take a positive, success-oriented approach to this course—and to life in general—by working to strengthen their strengths, celebrate progress, and use setbacks as opportunities for growth.


Your College Experience, 12e

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
400 pages • $63.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-9966-5
LaunchPad

Your College Experience

Strategies for Success
Twelfth Edition

John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot

Your College Experience by John Gardner and Betsy Barefoot offers today’s diverse students the practical help they need to make the transition to college and get the most out of their time there. While maintaining its hallmark theme of goal setting, the new edition provides practical strategies across all topics of the book to help students be successful from the start. The book features a fresh new design and a strong new emphasis on the ten research-based High Impact Practices suggested by the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Chapters on Emotional Intelligence, Thinking, and Wellness have all been thoroughly updated with tools and strategies students use on campus right now.


Your College Experience - Two-Year College Edition

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
400 pages • $56.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-6576-9
LaunchPad

Your College Experience

Strategies for Success
Two-Year College Edition

John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot, and Negar Farakish

An authoritative, research-driven guidebook for two-year students.

This new textbook has been built from the ground up to offer today’s diverse students the practical help they need to make the transition to college and get the most out of their time there. Authors John N. Gardner (founding executive director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina) and Betsy O. Barefoot (co-director and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College) are joined by Negar Farakish, Provost at Union County College.

Each new copy of the text can be packaged with LearningCurve, a new adaptive, online assessment tool.

John N. Gardner is the founding executive director of the National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.

Betsy O. Barefoot is co-director and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

Negar Farakish is the Provost and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Union County College in New Jersey. She has served in various administrative and faculty positions at a number of community colleges and understands the academic and non-academic needs of the student population at these institutions.


Step by Step

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
208 pages • $37.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-7251-4
LaunchPad

Step by Step to College and Career Success

Sixth Edition

John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot

An essential toolkit for college success.

In this new edition, the authors have focused on the most crucial skills and the most important choices students make in order to succeed in college and beyond. This edition covers pressing topics that affect students’ lives and how they learn, with a particular focus on technology and how students can use technology to learn while avoiding its distractions and dangers.

John N. Gardner is the founding executive director of the National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.

Betsy O. Barefoot is co-director and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.


Your College Experience - Concise 11th Edition

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
256 pages • $52.50 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-7252-1

Your College Experience

Strategies for Success
Concise Eleventh Edition

John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot

A concise edition of the popular guidebook by the leading authorities on college success.

This less expensive, streamlined edition of Your College Experience presents a straightforward, realistic, and intelligent review of the skills students need to succeed in college. The text focuses on the academic skills taught in college success courses, providing students with tools and strategies for building a solid base of critical thinking, time management, research, study, and test-taking skills. Additional coverage of emotional intelligence, learning styles, diversity, and money help students get off to a great start.

John N. Gardner is the founding executive director of the National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.

Betsy O. Barefoot is co-director and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.


A Pocket Guide to College Success

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback
256 pages • $25.00 (net)
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1981-6

A Pocket Guide to College Success

Jamie Shushan

“The text is an accessible, concise answer to a first-year student’s most pressing concerns.”—Joanna Kourtidis, University of St. Francis, Illinois

Short and to-the-point, A Pocket Guide to College Success offers practical coverage on the topics typically covered in a full-size college success text, from academic skills like managing time, critical thinking, note taking, and college technology to life skills such as health, stress reduction, and money management.

Rather than include too much content, Jamie Shushan focuses on helping students ask the right questions of the right people so that they drive their own college success.

Jamie Shushan ‎is the Associate Director at Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University.


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Insider’s Guides

Bedford/St. Martin’s presents a series of concise and student-friendly booklets on topics critical to college success. Insider’s Guides are perfect complements to your textbook and course.

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IGT to Time Management

Insider’s Guide to Time Management
Second Edition

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-5383-4

IGT to Credit Cards

Insider’s Guide to
Credit Cards
Second Edition

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-5382-7

IGT to College Etiquette

Insider’s Guide for Returning Veterans

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-5384-1

IGT to Beating Test Anxiety

Insider’s Guide to
Beating Test Anxiety

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-61435-5

IGT to Academic Planning

Insider’s Guide to
Academic Planning

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1217-6

IGT to College Etiquette

Insider’s Guide to
College Etiquette

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1219-0

IGT to Ethics and Personal Responsibility

Insider’s Guide to
Ethics and Personal Responsibility

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-67825-8

IGT to Building Confidence

Insider’s Guide to
Building Confidence

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1218-3

IGT to Global Citizenship

Insider’s Guide to
Global Citizenship

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1219-0

IGT to Getting Involved on Campus

Insider’s Guide to
Getting Involved on Campus

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-61438-6

IGT to Community College

Insider’s Guide to
Community College

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-0-312-61436-2

IGT to Career Services

Insider’s Guide to
Career Services

Bedford/St. Martin’s
Paperback • 16 pages • $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-4576-1219-0