• Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:bullying, responsibility, new school, making friends, friendship
  • Pub Date:09/01/2007
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Fry Level:3.2
  • Lexile:HL620L
  • ATOS:3.9
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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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.
"Ryan has taken a much-discussed issue, teen bullying, and has 'made it new'—an achievement to which all novelists aspire."
– CM Magazine
"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."
"Very topical...opens the door for a great discussion."
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"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."
– NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
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