Friday, May 4, 2012

Weekend Book Give-Away: The List

Generally speaking, I think people are pretty amazing.  So being an optimist who looks for the best in everyone, I'm always saddened and surprised by how cruel folks can be.  This week's give-away is an Advanced Reader Copy of Siobhan Vivian's brand new book The List, explores the cruelty that occurs in high school, when people are labeled because of their looks:

Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade--this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.      

There are currently nine people waiting to read this, but you can have a copy of your own next week if you win.  To be entered in the drawing tell me about the meanest thing you have witnessed or heard about happening in your school or community, and what reaction it invoked in you.

Winner will be selected with Random Number Generator on Tuesday May 8, 2012. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.  


Noah said...

Well, being at a high school, there are obviously bound to be many incidents. However, the worst I've heard of was actually something that happened on a middle school bus one day. There was a girl who was held down and sexually harassed by several boys on the way home from school, and nobody helped her because the boys covered her mouth so she wouldn't scream (they also formed a circle around her so no one could see). I heard about it a few days after the incident, and it made me extremely seems stupid that people like that should be allowed to get off with as little punishment as they did.

Hwa Sun said...

Well, I can't really think of the meanest one, so I'll just say something that was mean.
My fried's teacher asked her, "Did you really write this?" because she thought my friend was too stupid to write a good essay. I thought that was really not an appropriate thing for a teacher to say to her student.

Kj said...

I'm not sure about the meanest thing I've heard of, but something that was pretty darn low... A couple of my friends were in a debate about something; one wanted to know the truth while the other wanted to keep her head in the sand. Eventually the first one did find the truth but the second one didn't accept it, went ballistic, and completely broke all ties with the first and dragged at least a dozen mutual friends with her. Does she wish she hadn't found the truth? No. It taught her what her ex-friend was made of. Does she wish she had made a better choice when making friends in the first place? Yeah. It happened five years ago, but it still hurts.

Maddy E. said...

I was walking through the halls of my school with a girl who has a severe limp. People were sarcastically yelling "make way for the cripple!", and you could tell she was upset by it since she hadn't always been disabled.

Dawn said...

These stories all make me sad. Why are people such jerks? I'm all bummed out.

R#G chose Noah again. You guys aren't related or something are you? ;)

Stay tuned...lots more great books coming up soon!