a Midwest high school librarian takes on YA and adult books
Friday, May 13, 2011
The Truth about Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler
If I read one more "Don't bully--it's bad" book for middle schoolers, I think I might throw up. Really, this author was so preachy. The dialog was stilted. The plot was okay, but I just didn't like how it was told. Two middle school students start an online newspaper, but it gets out of control fast. They think freedom of the press means kids can post mean and untrue things. It escalates out of control until a kid disappears. The parents can't believe what their kids have done, the kids are just plain mean, and the bullied girl "understands" why she was bullied. Ugh.