A boy is racked by guilt. His family have moved house and school to help him come to terms with a violent event at his best friend's house, to no avail. Little do they realise just how much he knows about this unspoken tragedy - and how well-placed he was to prevent it. Keeping dark secrets buried deep down is always a mistake - and when it causes you to become vulnerable to all the petty thuggery of the playground, more tragedy seems inevitable. Told in the eleven-year-old boy's own idiom, by carefully constructed flashback, this startlingly moving cliffhanger explores every range of bullying, and every response: the ambitious dad, the copy-cat son, the mob rule of the classroom, and the benign blindness of a hapless family. It all boils down to one question: just how guilty are you, when you knew but did not say?
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(198mm x 129mm x 11mm)
Andersen Press Ltd
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Traumatized by an event that wrecked both him and his best friend, eighth-grader Logan moves with his family to a new town and a new school, where his parents make the mistake of revealing their shady past to their new neighbors. Soon, rumors fly all over the town and in school that Logan is a rapist, and he becomes the victim of vicious bullying. Needless to say, Logan is much too lovable to be a rapist, and the only person he can turn to is Laurel, a quirky girl his own age who's obsessed with palindromes. Logan's mumbling, realistic, terse and to-the-point narration will help teen readers overlook the over-baked, near-problem-novel format of the plot. It's Logan's relationships - both the good and the bad - that are the most appealingly complex, and Ellis finds unique opportunities - the theatre, palindromes, Boy Scouts - in the plot for these connections to meld or explode. But the truth feels blunt and anti-climactic when it's finally revealed: The audience already knows Logan is well on his way to recovery. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Ann Dee Ellis
Ann Dee Ellis grew up in a large family in Utah, USA. She lived for a time in Hong Kong, as missionary and English teacher. She now lives in Utah with her husband and plants. She says she likes to go to Hawaii and sunburn on the beach. This is What I Did is her first published book.