By K.A. Holt
176 pages (hardcover) – ages 10+
Published by Chronicle Books on October 14, 2014
Synopsis- Kevin Jamison is a bully. And the entire school knows it. But when Kevin’s jerk of a brother, Petey, chucks Kevin’s poetry notebook (the whole book before that point) through the car window, a kid that Kevin had been bullying, Robin, finds the notebook. Now Robin is using it to blackmail Kevin and Kevin has to do everything Robin says. Now Robin begins to bully Kevin and Kevin is powerless. What’s even worse, is that the teacher is turning a blind eye to the situation! What can Kevin do?
What I Liked- Even though Kevin isn’t a good kid, you still end up falling in love with his character. His plight, while well-deserved, is still unjust. It is sad that Kevin’s teacher does nothing at all. Ms. Holt has written a wonderful novel-in-verse that tugs at your heart-strings. Kevin goes through a huge character change from start to end. I like the touch of the “ripped-page poetry” that Kevin does being present in this book. They were pretty funny and creative. Mrs. Little, the school librarian, is a cool character and is the librarian that every school should have. (well, any librarian is good. But she’s a good role model.) 🙂 The point-of-view of the story is unique – from the bully’s view, and how he gets bullied. It kept me interested.
Categories: Age 9+