Diary of a Witness

Diary of a Witness

by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Diary of a Witness by Catherine Ryan Hyde

One day, something’s going to snap. . . .

Ernie doesn't have a lot of friends at school. Just Will. They have stuff in common—like fishing. But more important, they have common enemies: the school jocks, who seem to find bullying just another sport.

For the most part, Ernie and Will take life at high school in stride. Until Will has one very bad day. Now nothing is remotely funny. Ernie finds himself a witness—to loss, to humiliation, and to Will’s anger—an anger that’s building each and every moment.

Ernie doesn’t want to believe his best friend is changing, but he can’t deny the truth. Soon he has a choice: join or die. Or can he find another way?

Praise for The Day I Killed James:
“Teens who have experienced crushing rejection or who have laughed at the ardent feelings of a classmate will devour this original, gripping story.”—Kirkus Reviews


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375853586
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 459,937
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde’s young adult novels include Becoming Chloe, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, and The Day I Killed James. She lives in California.


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Diary of a Witness 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ernie lives with his mother. She loves him dearly and provides well for him, but practically every day is a living nightmare for Ernie. He's a loner, interested in videos games and not sports, and at about 100 pounds overweight, he's the object of ridicule from his fellow classmates. For Ernie school days are torture. Teachers seem to turn a blind eye when he is made the butt of every joke. There are five jocks that have made Ernie their special target. In the hallway between classes and in the locker room before and after gym, they tease and taunt and play endless pranks. When opportunities arise to report the pranksters, Ernie always senses that if he does complain his tormentors will only find ways to make his life more miserable. Ernie does have one friend. His name is Will, and he constantly promises that he has Ernie's back. Will is skinny and suffers from chronic acne, which makes him another frequent target for the jocks. Since his mother left, he and his younger brother have lived with a father more interested in finding his next beer than in raising his two sons. Together, Ernie and Will help each other through the agonizing world of their small town high school. After a fishing trip that ends in tragedy, the teasing and taunting of the two teens increases. The attacks are more deliberate and result in potentially dangerous injuries. Ernie can't bring himself to discuss the problem with his mother, but he finds some comfort and release in writing about the incidents in a journal given to him by his uncle. Will, now living with his mother since the fateful fishing trip, reacts in more negative ways that have Ernie worrying about Will's sanity and safety. DIARY OF A WITNESS addresses the growing problem of bullying in today's society. Catherine Ryan Hyde takes readers into the lives of two teens facing bullying on a daily basis. As with many victims of this increasing problem, they feel helpless to change their situations, which make them even more vulnerable to the vicious verbal and physical attacks. This emotionally charged novel will hopefully make readers take notice of and become more active in the prevention of the bullying behavior they witness in their communities.
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I liked it
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This book is a great page turner. It makes you think and show what a wonderfull auther Catherine Ryan Hyde is. I loved it and hope you will to.
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Reader734 More than 1 year ago
To me this book wasn't all that good. There wasn't this really big climax in it and if there was the author didn't really pronounce it in the writting. I don't know why they called it Diary of a Witness because i don't Think ernie really witnessed this big event. An ok short read.