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What Mr. Mattero Did Hardcover – August 18, 2005

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Grade 6-8–When three seventh-grade girls from Oakdale Middle School come forward with an accusation that Mr. Mattero touched them inappropriately, the passionate, veteran music teacher is summarily sent home, and a formal investigation–and lots of informal character assassination–quickly gets underway. Once the media becomes involved, the man becomes persona non grata and is presumed guilty by most. Naturally, he's devastated, and his family suffers too, as the rumors and reproaches escalate. Melody, Mattero's daughter, is particularly affected; she happens to be an eighth-grader at Oakdale. The story is told from her perspective, alternating with chapters written from the point of view of Claire, one of the accusers. Cummings has crafted an engrossing and thought-provoking tale involving sensitive, real-life issues. The first-person dialogue sounds authentic, the pacing is brisk, and the personal situations woven into the plot are apt and age-appropriate. The book provides a great deal of high-interest suspense, and, when the issue of what Mr. Mattero did is finally resolved, readers get an ending that's both satisfying and realistic.–Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI
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Gr. 6-9. Seventh-graders Jenna, Suzanne, and Claire don't anticipate the consequences of their actions when they accuse their music teacher, Mr. Mattero, of sexual abuse. Wanting merely to be moved from his class to a study hall, they show shocking naivete by accusing the teacher, and then surprise after he is forced to leave the school until further notice. Jenna, the ringleader, stands firm, but nervous Suzanne and insecure Claire begin to waver. Meanwhile, Mr. Mattero's family is beginning to fall apart as they wait to hear from the local police whether he will be formally charged. Told from the viewpoints of Claire and Melody, Mr. Mattero's eighth-grade daughter, this solidly written yet ultimately safe story of middle-school politics takes few risks and smacks slightly of "after school special." However, it is an age-appropriate introduction to a difficult topic and serves well as an entree to E. R. Frank's similarly themed but darker and more complex novel Friction (2003). Jennifer Hubert
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525476210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525476214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Hinton VINE VOICE on November 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When three girls accuse their music teacher of sexual abuse, they have no idea of the repercussions their actions might cause. This story is told from alternating points of view: that of Claire, one of the girls accusing the teacher (Mr. Mattero), and that of Melody, Mr. Mattero's daughter who attends the same school.

Claire is a troubled girl in her own right before anything happened or didn't happen involving her music teacher. Her home life is difficult, to say the least, with an autistic brother, a younger sister, and a father who is constant working. . In a compulsive effort to control her life, Claire engages in obsessive dieting and maintaining a constant focus on her weight. When she and her friends accuse Mr. Mattero of touching them inappropriately, her actions begin to spiral out of control, but she relishes the attention that the scandal brings her.

Melody has no idea why these girls would say something like this about her father. When you read the story from her point of view, you see the effect that the other girls' actions have on the entire Mattero family. Mr. Mattero loses an interest in music, becomes depressed, and even turns to alcohol at one point though he has been drink-free for years.

What Mr. Mattero Did is an important story for today's youth because it tells of the importance of standing up when an injustice is done to you as well as the importance of being willing to admit when you're wrong. The alternating points of view add depth to what might otherwise be a pretty shallow story reminiscent of a bad Lifetime movie. I thought this book was okay, but not great. I didn't feel it taught the lesson it was intended to and instead felt that it might glorify a child's need for parental affection at any costs.
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Claire and her two seventh grade friends report that their teacher, Mr Mattero, molested them, setting off a series of events they never expected. His daughter, Melody, an eighth grader at their middle school feels that impact hardest. But what really happened in that music room, and are the girls telling the truth.

Told in both Claire and Melody's POVs, WHAT MR MATTERO DID is s thoughtful look at friendship, peer pressure, family, and sexual abuse. Although Claire clearly made some awful decisions, she was more troubled than bad. At home she was lost in the shuffle between her special needs brother and toddler sister. She lacked confidence, had an eating disorder and followed her dominating friend into trouble. Melody was less complex of a character, purer in her feelings and actions. Her POV of the devastation the accusations had on the entire Mattero felt raw and honest.

Priscilla Cummings created a great preteen voice in Claire and Melody, unfortunately the voices were the same for both girls. I did enjoy Cummings' writing. I'm not sure where she came up with the statistics that 20% of sexual abuse allegations are false, all the statistics I've read have the number much lower. Yes, it happens, but far more minors, mostly girls, are molested than report. Many cases can't be proven because only about 30% of cases have DNA linked to a perp because of delays in reporting, certain acts don't create DNA. I wonder wherever Cummings got her stats included cases that couldn't be proven in the number. I'd hate for tweens to get the wrong idea about victims and believability.

THEMES: sexual abuse, friendship, family, peer pressure, eating disorders
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Jenna, Clair and Suzanne are 3 7th-graders who accuse their music teacher Mr. Mattero of touching them improperly. They further accuse him of making inappropriate sexual remarks. They present their accusations to the school principal. An investigation ensues and Mr. Mattero is left jobless during the interim.

This story is like a song with a counterpoint. The Matteros, consisting of daughter Song, a music major in college, son Cadence, 16 and daughter Melody, 13 try to pick up their lives after the accusation hits the fan. The Matteros are a musical family; their children have names that are musical terms and all play more than one instrument. Melody at 13 is the one most directly involved as she attends the same middle school as her father's accusers.

Melody is aptly named. She is the counterpoint to the accusers in this story. She is a melody separate from the rest of her peer characters; she is a blend of all the independent harmonies into a unified harmony that is not compromised; she is a contrast to her accusers. She is the Melody on which this story rests.

The 3 accusers who remind one of the Salem Witch Trials have an agenda. Jenna, the ringleader lives a life of illusion. Her parents are separated and her father, a volatile man actually beats Mr. Mattero up. Jenna is at no loss for sneaky behavior. She steals; lies and leads her father to out her mother, who is involved with another man. Suzanne, the younger of two sisters is withdrawn from the middle school and placed in a parochial school. Clair, the one who wrote the accusation is the oldest of 3 children, one of whom has autism.

Melody and the accusers' lives collide; battle lines are drawn in the school and in the immediate community.
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