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December 19, 2010


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Responsible by Darlene Ryan: Book Cover


Author: Darlene Ryan

Page Length: 100

Reading Level: 3.2

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Kevin is the new kid again in his fourth high school. His new “friends” are the school bullies led by Nick. Nick has perfected the art of accidentally shoving and tripping others. One day Nick chooses the wrong girl to mess with. Erin’s fed up with Nick’s bullying and she isn’t backing down. Nick’s anger grows as he decides that Erin must pay. Kevin becomes involved in Nick’s plot to get revenge and as Nick’s attacks on Erin grow more vicious Kevin is caught in the middle. Does Kevin follow Nick’s lead and protect himself or does he help Erin before it’s too late?

REVIEW: This is the typical Orca book. The sentences are short. The action happens quickly to keep students engaged and the problem is handled on the surface. Students should find the bullying issue and the feeling of being stuck in a difficult position relevant and interesting.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: sequence of events, cause and effect, internal conflict, external conflict, character traits, dialogue

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: Topic of bullying, Language – “we’re not done pussy boy,” “get your ass out of my way”

RELATED BOOKS: Mirror Image, Pigboy, Daredevil Club, Saving Grace, Rules for Life

RELATED MOVIES: “Chicken Little,” “Ice Princess,” “Heavyweights”


REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor


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