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by Patricia Murdoch

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Tired of being bullied at school and being the butt of jokes, Julie is presented with a perfect opportunity to get back at her abuser. When her brother brings home a camera with images of her chief tormenter in a compromising situation, she sees a way to level the playing field. When her attempt at turning the tables goes wrong, she is left even more on the outside


Tired of being bullied at school and being the butt of jokes, Julie is presented with a perfect opportunity to get back at her abuser. When her brother brings home a camera with images of her chief tormenter in a compromising situation, she sees a way to level the playing field. When her attempt at turning the tables goes wrong, she is left even more on the outside and struggling to do the right thing.

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Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
For most of her life, Julie felt powerless whenever Dana entered her space, whether it was inside or outside school. Dana thrived on making Julie feel less then human by subjecting her to vicious verbal comments that went beyond the normal high school taunts. Then it all changed when Julie sneaked into her brother's backpack and downloaded photos of a sleazy party where Dana exposed more then personality. Now Julie has to decide how far she'll go to get even with all the nastiness that Dana has dished out to her. Can Julie go all the way or will her friendship with Sammy save her from hanging out in the gutter with Dana? Does Julie destroy more then just Dana's reputation? In Exposure, what happened in high school may show up in lots of unexpected places. Patricia Murdoch, the author, gave a new twist to an age-old problem of a girl bully picking on sweet innocent girl until she can not take anymore and "goes for the jugular." The characters felt real and the events leading up to the climax kept me reading until the last page. The simple text and condensed story line make this book a must-read for even the reluctant readers. Don't expect the usual ending, though. There may be no winners in this story.
The Orca Soundings Series for reluctant and/or struggling readers reaches YAs who might not otherwise have access to relevant, timely, and appealing stories; this latest entry in the series is sure to be a welcome addition to any library collection. Julie has been tormented by Dana and is her most popular target. With every new insult and hurtful remark, Julie wishes she could get revenge. When the opportunity presents itself to do just that, Julie takes advantage of it. While at a party, Dana gets drunk and compromising photos are taken of her and a few of her friends. Julie's brother was at the party and while he was not directly involved, the digital camera ends up in his backpack during the flight from police. Julie uses these photos to get back at Dana. In the process Julie loses her best friend and is forced to face unpleasant truths about herself and her quest for retaliation. Revenge is at best bittersweet and Murdoch takes this reality into the heart of high school with characters YAs can relate to. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, Orca, Soundings, 102p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Stephanie Squicciarini
Lisa A. Hazlett
Pudgy Julie has long been bullied by her high school's popular Dana. When Dana attends a party and exposes herself, she is photographed, with Julie inadvertently finding the pictures. Julie, enjoying her new power, taunts Dana and eventually leaves the photo for the school to view. Dana threatens suicide, and a chastised Julie visits her at home, where they discuss their antipathy and reconcile. Before Julie leaves, she discovers her visit stopped Dana from suicide. Although this large-print, fast-paced novel zips through female bullying and ends tidily, there is a compelling, albeit condensed, discussion of bullying from the viewpoints of the abuser and victim. The girls realize there were multiple factors leading to their actions, and understand that both are victims with difficult changes necessary to stop their behaviors. If educators embellish this subject, it would be beneficial to all, for female bullying is increasing in school prevalence and violence.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-In Exposure, Julie dreads going to school because of her classmate Dana's constant bullying. When her brother brings home a digital camera full of incriminating pictures of her tormentor, she devises a plan for revenge that may just send Dana over the edge. The story is told from Julie's point of view, so readers get the full effect of the bully's behavior. The author also makes the point that revenge may not be so sweet as Julie discovers that making her nemesis feel bad doesn't necessarily make her feel any better. Her friend Sammy is the voice of reason, casting doubt on her plan. In Stuffed, a documentary about the dangers of fast-food consumption prompts Ian and his friends to boycott the local branch of a national chain. When he uses the Internet to gain support for his crusade, the restaurant takes legal action and he is faced with a difficult decision. Ian is an interesting character who is not easily manipulated or afraid to speak his mind. He shows that one person can make a difference. Both novels are quick, engaging reads. Well written and thoughtful, they will be popular with reluctant readers.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books
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CM Magazine
“An excellent book for reluctant readers. With a strong story, straightforward language and interesting, plausible characters, this book deals with real situations and emotions that any high school student might encounter. Highly Recommended.”
Canadian Book Review Annual
"Its dialogue sparkles and the characters are believable and real...highly recommended."
Resource Links
"There is a sophistication about this book that works well to gain and maintain interest without preaching to the converted. There's more show than tell here, and that speaks volumes."

Product Details

Orca Book Publishers
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Orca Soundings Series
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File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

I was happier than I had been for a long time.

Everything was crashing down around Dana. Finally I was getting some justice. But I wanted a bigger

helping, this wasn't enough. I had to do something.

I went into the washroom and dug a marker out of my pencil case. I drew a box and a couple of circles with lines for a flash going off on the outer wall of the first cubicle. No one would be able to miss it. It didn't look exactly like a camera, but it would do. And for the finishing touch I wrote SMILE DANA, with a happy face right beside it.

Meet the Author

A language arts teacher, Patricia Murdoch knows all too well the importance of learning to read and the power of a strong story. She lives in Bradford, Ontario.

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Exposure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The two previous ratings appear to be for another book other than this one
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Part of Orca Publishers' popular Orca Soundings series, Revalacion is the Spanish translation of Exposure. As is typical of the Orca Soundings series, the book is written at a level accessible to most middle school students and is an excellent resource for ELL and struggling readers. Julie just can't seem to get away from her tormentor, Dana, the popular girl who can seem to do no wrong. The bullying has been going on for years. When Julie's brother, Zack, inadvertently tells of Dana being at a party, Julie thinks that at last princess Dana isn't perfect. Then she find a camera disk containing pictures of Dana in several compromising poses. Should Julie print the photos and post them at school, giving Dana her just due? There are a couple references to underage drinking and pot smoking.
Chris Winters More than 1 year ago
it was not worth the price. Its 56 pages.