- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 and up
- Lexile Measure: 0820 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 12, 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394828054
- ISBN-13: 978-0394828053
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 523 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The novel really does take you through the life of this young high school teen that joins the football team and then is bullied by a manipulative ruler classmate, of the school. I was surprised at how the story ends. I want to read the second part, but it was very hard to find and I guess its like over $20.00. I like the novel but I'm going to search for a cheaper sequel.
Overall, this book is worth reading.
The themes of not "Disturbing the Universe," conformity, scapegoating, bullying, psychological warfare, and manipulation are easy to blend with so many other artistic works. "The sky's the limit."
The book's a little on the short side (only about 250 pages long) and the ending was somewhat abrupt, but it's overall a good read, with a depressing, but true message about conformity.
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