The Trouble with Liberty

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"If he's guilty, he'll probably go to jail. At the very least, he'll lose his job and maybe even his license to teach."

Liberty Hayes has just moved to Sutter's Crossing and is the talk of the town. She has plenty of money and everyone wants to be her friend. When Liberty accuses a male teacher of sexually assaulting her, the rumors start. Val, her new best friend, is torn between believing Liberty and trusting her old friend Ryan when it comes to the truth. What is the trouble with Liberty?

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Overview

"If he's guilty, he'll probably go to jail. At the very least, he'll lose his job and maybe even his license to teach."

Liberty Hayes has just moved to Sutter's Crossing and is the talk of the town. She has plenty of money and everyone wants to be her friend. When Liberty accuses a male teacher of sexually assaulting her, the rumors start. Val, her new best friend, is torn between believing Liberty and trusting her old friend Ryan when it comes to the truth. What is the trouble with Liberty?

"If he's guilty, he'll probably go to jail, " Mom pointed out. "At the very least, he'll lose his job, and maybe even his license." "That's if he's guilty, " Dad said with emphasis. "What do you mean 'if'?" Cody exploded. "There's no if about it! Liberty said he tried to rape her. Don't you think she would know?" Liberty Hayes has just moved to Sutter's Crossing and is the talk of the town. She has plenty of money and everyone wants to be her friend. When Liberty accuses a male teacher of sexually assaultin her, the rumors start. Val, her new best friend, is torn between believing Liberty and trusting her old friend Ryan when it comes to the truth. What is the trouble with Liberty?

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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Everyone who has gone to high school has met a manipulator like Liberty...This book was an absolute page-turner...Highly Recommended."
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"A well-written novel with believable characters and colourful expressions."
Canadian Book Review Annual
"Butcher accurately captures the gossipy social milieu of a school and a small community...Recommended."
Children's Literature
Val has lived her entire life in Sutter's Crossing, population 2,633 (not counting the baby Mrs. Hooper is expecting next month.) So when the beautiful Liberty Hayes moves into town, Val is thrilled to have a new friend. In fact, almost everyone is happy to be around Liberty, and she soon becomes one of the most popular girls in school. But when Liberty claims that the high school band teacher attempted to rape her, Val is forced to take a closer look at her new best friend, and at what friendship really is. After talking with a friend who witnessed the incident but is hesitant to say anything to the police, Val is able to show that the band teacher is innocent. Unfortunately, his reputation is not so easily repaired. This short book—only eighty-eight pages—takes a clean-cut look at a serious subject. Despite the topic of sexual assault, there are no suggestive scenes or explicit language. It offers a starting point for home or classroom discussions about honesty, popularity and friendship. This book is part of the "Orca Soundings" teen fiction series. 2003, Orca Book Publishers,
— Rebecca Watson
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-While watching her brother in a calf-roping event, 15-year-old Val meets a wealthy and beautiful teen who is new in town. Liberty is every girl's nightmare and every boy's dream. However, when she accuses a popular teacher of attempted rape, she exposes herself to be a liar and a masterful manipulator. Val narrates this well-written, fast-paced novella that will hook readers. Even though it is geared toward reluctant readers, many teens will be able to relate to the situations.-Susan Geye, Crowley Ninth Grade Campus, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551432748
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Butcher taught a variety of different subjects from primary school to high school before becoming an author. She credits her experience in the classroom with both helping her understand children and teens better, as well as making her a whiz at Trivial Pursuit. Kristin has always had a wild imagination and can't imagine that she'll ever run out of ideas for stories. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.kristinbutcher.com.
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If he's guilty, he'll probably go to jail," Mom pointed out. "At the very least, he'll lose his job and maybe even his license to teach."

"That's if he's guilty," Dad said with emphasis.

"What do you mean 'if'?" Cody exploded.

"There's no if about it! Liberty said he tried to rape her. Don't you think she would know?

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