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Responsible
By author: Darlene Ryan
Selling Points: Bullying, responsibility
ISBN: 9781551436852
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2007
Lexile Level: HL620L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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Erin sucked in a sharp breath. "And I know you, Nick, because I can smell the stink of trash anywhere."
Shut up, Erin, I thought. Just shut up. Let them shave your head and get it over with. Nick bent over and grabbed Erin by the jaw, pulling her up so she was sitting. She was shaking. There was a smirk on his face, and I could hear how hard he was breathing. He pushed his mask up onto the top of his head.

Kevin Frasier is in a new high school—his fourth in the last year. He is trying to get along and not cause any waves. When he falls in with Nick and his friends, Frasier ends up going along as the group bullies and threatens their way through the school. When Nick starts tormenting Erin—and she stands up to him—the harassment escalates until Kevin is forced to make a difficult decision and risk everything.


NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - May 5, 2008
"Convey[s] an important lesson and some thought-provoking questions...The violence in the book is not glorified in any way and is presented as successfully scary and sickening."
Resource Links - February 1, 2008
"Very topical...opens the door for a great discussion."
TeensReadToo.com - January 1, 2008
"Set around the hot topic of bullying, Ryan tells an action-packed story that includes current teen issues from both home and the school environment."
CM Magazine - October 1, 2007
"Ryan has taken a much-discussed issue, teen bullying, and has 'made it new'—an achievement to which all novelists aspire."

Awards

YALSA Quick Picks, long-listed  US  2008
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2008
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2008

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