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In a Flash
By author: Eric Walters
Selling Points: Flash mobs, political activism
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2008
Lexile Level: HL620L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
Pages: 112
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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There was a playful combat everywhere. I didn't have time to look around, but there had to be close to a hundred people around me, yelling, laughing and swinging their pillows.

On the edges of the battle other people watched. THere were grown-ups holding their kids by the hand or loaded down with shopping bags, looking stunned or amused or confused. Some laughed and pointed, and others hurried away like they were scared. There had to be almost as many people watching as there were participating.

One of the pillows burst, and a million white feathers shot into the air like a billowing cloud! The crowd—watching and fighting—erupted into gasps and screams and laughter.

The first flash mob Ian puts together himself is a sixty-plus person, four-minute pillow fight in a department store. His friend Oswald is thrilled with the event, but Julia, the one Ian really wants to impress, is still convinced that flash mobs are stupid. While Ian tries to prove Julia wrong by initiating flash mobs with political impact, Julia is busy waging war with the strict new principal at school. When Julia goes too far and gets herself suspended, Ian sees an opportunity for a relevant and persuasive flash mob.
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - March 16, 2009
"A fine book for challenged readers to use to practice and thus improve their reading. I plan to look for more titles in this series."
School Library Journal - March 1, 2009
"Snappy, realistic dialogue; multidimensional characters; and an unpredictable plot (not to mention a hip, contemporary phenomenon) will have both reluctant and struggling readers madly flipping the pages."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - January 3, 2009
"A good message...Young people do have the power to make things better if they work together."
Tucson Unified School District - November 1, 2008
"Highly recommended."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - October 1, 2008
"This is a smart and tightly crafted story with appeal for reluctant as well as avid readers."
Resource Links - October 1, 2008
"This story challenges the reader to consider the power of a single person, or a few people, to make a difference, to change the status quo."


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