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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 144
Themes: rape, teen pregnancy, high school power dynamics, loyalty, #metoo
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 27/Aug/2019
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
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After accepting a ride home, sixteen-year-old Emma Kennedy is raped by a boy from school. But handsome, popular Ross Schroeder tells everyone the sex was consensual, and Emma is immediately branded as a slut. Even Emma's best friend, Jen, doesn't believe Emma's version of events. In fact, she is angry with Emma because she feels betrayed. After all, she liked Ross first.

But when Ross starts showing interest in Jen, Emma knows she will have to find a way to get Jen to believe that she really is in grave danger.

Before it's too late.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"The plot is fast-paced and engaging, something that young readers will enjoy."
Kirkus Reviews
"An emotional, positive #MeToo story for reluctant readers."
The Ormsby Reivew
“[It] isn’t a pretty book, but it’s an important one. Tackling such a complex and serious issue in such a short novel format is challenging, but Kristin Butcher does a wonderful job of it. Her story is clear, concise, sensitive, and informative.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“It is well written and will absorb readers. The book sensitively discusses difficult topics such as rape and teen pregnancy as well as friendship and honesty that adolescents may face, and it may help them through difficult times.”

Teen fiction
for reluctant readers

Key Features:

Short, high-interest novels

Contemporary stories

Compelling characters

Linear plots

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