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Tanzman, Carol M.
Brookfield, CT : Roaring Brook Press, 2002.
ISBN 0761315888
Lissa and Rodney have been best friends forever.  As next door neighbors, they've played together all through elementary school.  But now things are different.  They are in 8th grade now and Lissa is spending more time with her other friends.  These friends don't like Rodney and want Lissa to tell him to get lost.  How is she supposed to do that?  She knows Rodney better than anyone.  She knows about his abusive father.  She knows about his alcoholic mother who ran away a couple of years ago.  She knows how lonely Rodney is.  But, when you're 14, peer pressure can get in your way.  After Lissa tells Rodney that he can't sit with them at lunch anymore, she begins to notice a change in him.  Not just because he's mad or hurt.  But a real change.  She discovers that he's spending time in a chat room where the conversation is all about guns.  She also thinks that he may be the one who broke into the boys' locker room and rigged the pipes so the boys got burned with hot water.  Can Rodney really be behind it?  Can Lissa find a way to save her friend?
SUBJECTS:    Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Emotional problems -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.
                        Online chat groups -- Fiction.
                        Firearms -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.


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