Responsible

Responsible

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by Darlene Ryan
     
 

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Kevin Frasier is in a new high school—his fourth in the last year. He is trying to get along and not cause any waves. When he falls in with Nick and his friends, Frasier ends up going along as the group bullies and threatens their way through the school. When Nick starts tormenting Erin—and she stands up to him—the harassment escalates until Kevin

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Overview

Kevin Frasier is in a new high school—his fourth in the last year. He is trying to get along and not cause any waves. When he falls in with Nick and his friends, Frasier ends up going along as the group bullies and threatens their way through the school. When Nick starts tormenting Erin—and she stands up to him—the harassment escalates until Kevin is forced to make a difficult decision and risk everything.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Ryan has taken a much-discussed issue, teen bullying, and has 'made it new'—an achievement to which all novelists aspire."
TeensReadToo.com
"Set around the hot topic of bullying, Ryan tells an action-packed story that includes current teen issues from both home and the school environment."
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"Very topical...opens the door for a great discussion."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"Convey[s] an important lesson and some thought-provoking questions...The violence in the book is not glorified in any way and is presented as successfully scary and sickening."
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books
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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 10 up.

Kevin is a kid whose dad works as a carpenter and takes jobs wherever he can find them. As a result Kevin frequently moves from school to school. He has learned to just keep his mouth shut and to "go with the flow" in order to survive. Kevin wishes that a classmate named Erin would practice a similar technique. Unfortunately, Erin does the opposite. She talks back to a bully named Nick and she even snitches on him. This angers Nick and makes him more determined to torment her. When Nick and his goons plan an attack that involves sexually assaulting Erin, Kevin has to decide whether he should continue to keep out of trouble by keeping his mouth shut or jeopardize his own safety by trying to defend her. Ironically, Kevin's dad is in a similar situation at his work. Together, Kevin and his father learn that doing the right thing is not always easy and it does not always come with benefits, but it is something you need to do anyway. This fast paced book can be upsetting at times, but it is also enlightening. It is part of the "Orca Soundings" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551436852
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Erin sucked in a sharp breath. "And I know you, Nick, because I can smell the stink of trash anywhere."

Shut up, Erin, I thought. Just shut up. Let them shave your head and get it over with. Nick bent over and grabbed Erin by the jaw, pulling her up so she was sitting. She was shaking. There was a smirk on his face, and I could hear how hard he was breathing. He pushed his mask up onto the top of his head.

Meet the Author

Darlene Ryan has been writing for as long as she can remember and was the 2006 poet recipient of the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Award. As Sofie Kelly, she writes the best-selling Magical Cats mysteries. She lives with her family in Fredericton, New Brunswick. More information is available at www.darleneryan.com.

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