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By author: Patricia Murdoch
Selling Points: Bullying, self-esteem, revenge
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Lexile Level: HL510L
Fry Reading Level: 2.8
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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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.

Julie is tired of being tormented at school, tired of not fitting in and being the butt of jokes. When her brother brings home a camera with images of her chief tormentor 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.
Canadian Book Review Annual - June 15, 2008
"Its dialogue sparkles and the characters are believable and real...highly recommended."
Resource Links - January 1, 2007
"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."
Alan Review - November 1, 2006
"A compelling, albeit condensed, discussion of bullying from the viewpoints of the abuser and the victim."
School Library Journal - September 1, 2006
"Well written and thoughtful…will be popular with reluctant readers."
KLIATT - July 1, 2006
“Revenge is at best bittersweet and Murdoch takes this reality into the heart of high school with characters YAs can relate to.”
CM Magazine - June 26, 2006
“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.”


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2006
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2007


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