What if it turns out that YOU’RE the bully – and you didn’t know it?
Up until now, life has been good for 13-year-old Luke. He’s good at sports, attractive, and he’s a big wheel at Heyworth Academy, his private school. He likes to tease, and poke fun at the other kids, but that’s just because he likes having fun. But things start to fall apart, six weeks into eighth grade, when Luke commits an act of ‘goofing around’ that ends up costing him his best friend and his beloved private school.
After he’s expelled, Luke transfers to his local school, Carlyle. Now, he’s on the outside looking in. His looks, and background (not to mention his Heyworth hoodie), make him stand out, and the tough guys zero in on him right away.
The upside-down world that Luke finds himself in at Carlyle gives him a whole new way of looking at things. Can he recover from losing his school, and his best friend, and find new friends and a way to fit in at Carlyle?
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and I feel that it would be perfect for a middle school age child. I think it is the perfect story for parents to sit and read with their kids, and then talk about the themes afterwords. Bullying is so prevalent in todays society and I think a book like this could really help.
I enjoyed the development of the characters. I loved that many of them were dealing with real life situations. It was interesting to see how some friendships changed and other ones were formed. I especially liked watching everything that Luke went through. You will have to read to see what I am talking about!
“Entrez,” said Monica. Luke pushed the door open. Kim and Monica lay sprawled on Monica’s bed, with the laptop and an open bag of potato chips between them.
“Check it,” said Monica. “She’s trying to delete the Wall entries. It’s hilarious.”
She grabbed a handful of chips, and lay back against the pillows, watching the computer screen.
“Humiliation in realtime,” said Kim. Monica laughed sharply, and chips flew out of her mouth all over the pillow. “Ew, gross!” said Kim, laughing too.
“Did you hear from Dad?” said Luke. “I haven’t heard from him in a while.”
“No, he’s working really hard,” said Monica. “Mom said he’ll be on the road for a while. Why?”
“Oh, no reason. Hey, what did he say to you about this Facebook stuff?”
“Nothing, really. He didn’t really understand it, so he just told me to play nice. I said I would, and that was it.”
“Well, don’t you think what you’re doing now is — a bit harsh?” said Luke. “I mean, what she did wasn’t really that bad.”
“So? It’s not really about what she did. At this point it’s just funny,” said Monica. “It’s not really about her at all, now. It’s not really personal.”
“But – from her point of view – it must seem to be about her,” said Luke. “How could she see it otherwise?”
“Don’t know. Don’t care. It’s just funny, bro! Just enjoy. Take a peek, here.” She held out the laptop to Luke.
Judy Irwin writes books about kids dealing with everyday stuff, like parents and divorce, friendships and bullies, and figuring out how to handle different situations and circumstances. So far, she’s written two books: We’re Done, and What Did You Say? We’re Done is about13-year-old Luke and how he figures out what went wrong when he’s kicked out of school for a bullying incident. In What Did You Say?, 12-year-old Tash tries to figure out what life will be like following her parents’ divorce. In this book, which takes place at a trailer park up north, Tash first meets Luke, Jon and Polly.
Judy lives in Toronto, Canada, with a dog, a cat, and two hamsters, plus her husband and two children, ages 10 and 13. She studied English Literature at the University of Toronto. She always wanted to be a writer. She wrote her first book in fourth grade – it was about a boy called Japan, who lived in Japan. In addition to writing books, Judy is a freelance business writer.
The fabulous Judy Irwin will award one randomly drawn commenter from the tour a $50 Amazon Giftcard. Will you be reading this book? If you have kids in this age group, are you going to share it with them? What can be done to put a stop to bullying?