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Grade 5–8—Told not to write anything that would get the administration riled up, Zebby Bower becomes fed up and quits as editor of the school newspaper. Soon after, she and her friend Amr begin their own online newspaper, one that they hope will provide a true voice to the students of Truman Middle. It takes off, but in an unfortunate direction. When anonymous posts about popular Lilly Clarke start to get vicious, calling her a homo, a lesbo, and more, the devastated girl goes missing, and the site's creators scramble to figure out what to do. Chapters alternate among Zebby, Amr, and the students surrounding the scheme to ruin Lilly, each one providing a unique perspective as the action unfolds. With anonymous entries that subtly build suspense, the events brought about by this 21st-century slam book cause the characters to examine how the things they say and do can be hurtful to others without even realizing it. The story moves at a good pace and the timely subject of cyberbullying will be relevant to readers. The language is accessible and the students' voices ring true. This thought-provoking read is sure to initiate discussion.—Bethany A. Lafferty, Las Vegas-Clark County Library, NV
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Frustrated with the censorship she encounters writing for the school newspaper, Zebby collaborates with friend, Amr, to launch an underground, online newspaper that will expose the truth about Truman School. Zebby envisions a site where students can discuss the new math curriculum, but the newspaper quickly morphs into online gossip when someone posts a malicious photo of Lilly, a popular eighth-grader. Determined to respect free speech and make the site everyone’s newspaper, Zebby and Amr decide not to delete the post because It isn’t any big deal. Told in shifting first-person narratives, the ramifications of cyber-bullying become clear as the story unfolds. Small icons, such as a crown for social queen Hayley and a reporter’s notebook for Zebby, appear at the beginning of each narrative, helping to keep the multiple voices distinct. The characters are often painted with broad, flat strokes, particularly the popular girls, resulting in a book that reads like an after-school special— but a especially timely and relevant one. Grades 5-8. --Suzanne Harold --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
This story does not start out as if it were a story about bullying. It starts out as a story about running an independent school newspaper in a middle school. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Red Wolf
This is a fairly realistic story about cyberbullying gone out of hand.
Certainly a good book for an anti bullying project in middle school.
I read this book for summer reading and I'm glad I chose this book. It had a great story line and a lot of twists and turns that I didn't expect, but I did like. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JS`s daughter Hannah
It was a good book that I would suggest to anyone. As I said it is a very good book.Published 13 months ago by ????
This Is a Great book. I was so happy i bought it. At first I wasn't so sure I would like it but I really did.Published 19 months ago by Craig Leonard
This story is a very compelling and accessible text for several of my reluctant readers. The topic is timely and real.Published 19 months ago by Debra VanSlyke
Im in middle school and thougt this book was great. The book really includes the details parents and teachers dont see. Read morePublished 21 months ago by maliyah
This story rings very true(sorry couldn't resist). It gives a very realistic picture of how bullying can easily get out of hand. Read morePublished 22 months ago by GP
This book talks about the serious nature of cyberbullying. It takes a semi-realistic approach to it. I really enjoyed it.Published on July 18, 2013 by michele