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The Trouble with Liberty
By author: Kristin Butcher
Selling Points: harassment, crime and punishment, honesty
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Jan/01/2003
Lexile Level: HL620L
Fry Reading Level: 4.2
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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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?


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?
Resource Links - January 1, 2004
"A well-written novel with believable characters and colourful expressions."
Canadian Book Review Annual - January 1, 2004
"Butcher accurately captures the gossipy social milieu of a school and a small community...Recommended."
School Library Journal - July 1, 2003
"[A] 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."
CM Magazine - April 25, 2003
"Everyone who has gone to high school has met a manipulator like Liberty...This book was an absolute page-turner...Highly Recommended."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2004

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