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“Silence does not equal consent. . . . The only thing that means yes is yes.” When Alex, a junior at Themis, a New England boarding school, wakes up naked in a boy’s bed, she doesn’t immediately realize what has happened during the previous drunken night. As fragmented memories return, though, she begins to understand that what happened was date rape. With the encouragement of her friends and older sister, Alex submits her case to the Mockingbirds, an underground justice system inspired by Harper Lee’s classic novel, in which Themis students investigate and try crimes committed against other students. Whitney, whose author’s note discusses her own teenage experience of date rape and its aftermath, is a seasoned journalist, and she writes with smooth assurance and a propulsive rhythm as she follows Alex through the Mockingbird’s trial process and its accompanying emotional storm of confusion, shame, fear, and finally, empowerment. Authentic and illuminating, this strong debut explores vital teen topics of sex and violence; crime and punishment; ineffectual authority; and the immeasurable, healing influence of friendship and love. Grades 9-12. --Gillian Engberg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for The Mockingbirds:
After Alex is date raped at the prestigious Themis boarding school, she seeks help from The Mockingbirds, a student run, a secret underground justice group. Read more
4/5 stars because it didn't blow my mind but it was still a freaking excellent book. It just wasn't a super favorite of all time changed my life status. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Abby S
I love it! It is very well written and gives a lot of insight in to the different lives people lead.Published 11 months ago by Lois
I had heard nothing but good about this book and decided that I needed to give it a go. I recommend that you stop whatever you're doing right now, and find a way to get your hands... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Erica Coslop
The Mockingbirds is the story about a teenage high school student at an “elite” boarding school who is date raped one night after she gets drunk. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jennifer L Brinkle
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney tells a story of a secret society within a boarding school. How cool is that? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sam Couture Reviews
Not an easy subject to deal with and especially with a YA novel. But beautifully handled. Read more
Good young adult book that deals with some important issues. Could lead to good group discussions for a book club.Published on November 13, 2012 by JDogg
I'm of two minds on this book, that deals with a date rape on a boarding school campus. At first I thought the writing was brilliant: the pain and emotion the main character, Alex,... Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by K. Sue