Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Garden, Nancy.
Orlando : Harcourt, 2006
ISBN 0152054162
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Things are going to be different this time.  Things are going to be better.  At least that is what 14-year-old Gray Wilton is hoping.  Suspended twice in his middle school in Massachusetts for carrying a knife, Gray's father has moved the family to Connecticut hoping that it will be a fresh start.  But he obviously doesn't think that Gray will change.  And Gray really wants to.  He makes a new friend and things are looking up.  But then the football players start picking on him -- relentlessly.  And Gray's dad begins to search Gray in the morning looking for a knife.  And Gray's grades begin to drop and his dad gets on him about that.  And the football players continue to bully him and it is beginning to escalate.  Is there anything that Gray can do?  He feels he only has one option.
SUBJECTS:     Bullies -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
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