Runt

Runt

Book - 2013
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From different perspectives, explores middle school bullying as Maggie, tired of Elizabeth Moon's superior attitude, creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442458079
1442458070
Branch Call Number: j Fiction Bas
Characteristics: 194 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Dec 12, 2013

Gave this one three chapters and lost interest. Not sure whether it was changing perspectives that didn't hold my interest or what, but my "to read" pile is so huge that I picked up something else.

JCLChrisK Dec 02, 2013

"There's nothing worse than being unpopular in sixth grade."

True or not, certainly few things feel worse when you're in the moment. This book is an accurate depiction of that torturous struggle for sixth grade popularity shared from the alternating perspectives many characters, those willing to pay the price of not liking themselves so that others will, those who are the butt of every joke, those who attempt to abstain, and more. Ultimately, everyone suffers the insecurity of unpopularity; just each individual reacts differently in response to those feelings.
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I was most impressed by the variety of voices Baskin has created for her different characters, they ways they think, talk, and approach the issue. Each person actually comes across as a different person.
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The book won me over very quickly with its first few chapters, and I was ready to rave about it. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm mellowed the further I read as the novelty wore off and the hints of didacticism crept in. In some ways, it felt like the more chance it had to develop, the less complex it became.
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Still, there's hardly shame in slipping from five stars to four, and this is a book worthy of many readers. Young book clubs and classrooms, especially, should find it fertile ground for discussion.

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