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By author: Eric Walters
Selling Points: Democracy, choice accountability
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Lexile Level: HL680L
Fry Reading Level: 3.8
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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"So, do we have a deal?" Mr. Evans asked.
"Unbelievable," I muttered under my breath.
"I don't understand," Mr. Evans said.
"The whole thing is unbelievable. First you try to threaten me. Then you try to bribe me. And now you do the two together, trying to bribe me and threatening me if I don't take the bribe."
"I don't like to think of it in those terms," he said.

When Ian and his classmates watch a documentary about the health concerns of eating fast food, Ian decides to start a boycott and stop everyone he can from eating at Frankie's, a huge fast-food chain with a questionable menu. The boycott takes off and Frankie's gets concerned. The company's lawyers threaten Ian and his friends and try to force them to stop the boycott. Ian must convince others that the boycott is a good idea. Can Ian stand up for what he believes in? Can you take on a corporate behemoth and win?
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books - November 1, 2008
"This is a book with many themes and would make an excellent starting point for discussion about political activism." - June 1, 2007
"A great way to show kids that one person can make a difference."
Washington State Revew Group - April 1, 2007
"Engaging and fast-moving, this is another noteworthy and well-written story."
ALAN Review - November 1, 2006
"Ian is an intelligent witty narrator, and this fast-paced, large-print novel explores the seamy sides of the fast-food industry and legal profession while revealing the business tactics of each as being remarkably similar."
Resource Links - October 1, 2006
School Library Journal - September 1, 2006
"Well-written and thoughtful…will be popular with reluctant readers."
KLIATT - July 1, 2006
"Pacing, characters, appeal and understated humor...create an entertaining and intriguing read."


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


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Teen fiction for
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Short, high-interest novels
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Linear plots
Ideal for Lit Circles
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