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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 112
Themes: Flash mobs, political activism
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2008
Lexile Level: HL620L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
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The first flash mob Ian puts together himself is a sixty-plus person, four-minute pillow fight in a department store. His friend Oswald is thrilled with the event, but Julia, the one Ian really wants to impress, is still convinced that flash mobs are stupid. While Ian tries to prove Julia wrong by initiating flash mobs with political impact, Julia is busy waging war with the strict new principal at school. When Julia goes too far and gets herself suspended, Ian sees an opportunity for a relevant and persuasive flash mob.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is a smart and tightly crafted story with appeal for reluctant as well as avid readers."
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"This story challenges the reader to consider the power of a single person, or a few people, to make a difference, to change the status quo."
Tucson Unified School District
"Highly recommended."
School Library Journal
"Snappy, realistic dialogue; multidimensional characters; and an unpredictable plot (not to mention a hip, contemporary phenomenon) will have both reluctant and struggling readers madly flipping the pages."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A good message...Young people do have the power to make things better if they work together."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
"A fine book for challenged readers to use to practice and thus improve their reading. I plan to look for more titles in this series."


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