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3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  610 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Will Reid is a gawky kid who wears fake turtlenecks, is obsessed by his ant farm project, and is lousy at gym. In other words, he's the perfect target for Shane, the Grade 9 bully. Katie has been Will's friend in elementary school, but defending him in the high school environment comes at an unforeseen cost - she dreads the rumours that link them in a boyfriend/girlfriend ...more
Paperback, 173 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Red Deer Press (first published November 16th 2007)
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Apr 02, 2017 Saarah rated it really liked it
(This was written for school, so it might be a little weird. Sorry!)


Egghead is a book addressing bullying that follows the highschool life of three young teenagers. William, who has been an outcast for a long time; he is gawky, anti-social, and considered “weird” by most people. Although now, that’s the least of his problems, considering the fact that a trio of bullies has targeted him. Katie, a girl who has stuck by Will since elementary school. She’s not about to stop protecting him now, de
Dec 28, 2011 Christina rated it it was amazing
Egghead is a heartfelt story about bullying told from the perspective of 3 teens. Unlike other attempts at tackling this difficult and unfortunately all too common occurrence, it isn't exaggerated, nor unrealistic. It was a poignant and inspiring novel about growing up, friendship, fitting in.

It's a great novel that many people will relate to... either in the role of the victim, that of the bully, or that of the person who watched it happen and regrets not having intervened. More young people s
Nov 27, 2011 Shawna rated it liked it
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Jun 21, 2013 depletive rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All ages
Recommended to depletive by: English Teacer
Wow. I must congratulate Caroline Pignat for providing me with a riveting and inspirational read. Egghead is set in a secondary education environment, where bullying is a common theme. Will Reid is one of those people who are the prime target for insecure bullies. Egghead is told by three perspectives, Katie, Will's friend, Will, and Devan. All three are different, yet Caroline tells the story through their perspectives. Devan is part of the bullying... until he realizes just how not funny it is ...more
Elizabeth Larson
May 22, 2017 Elizabeth Larson rated it it was amazing
A school book that Liberty said I have to read...and yes I did. It is written from the perspective of the characters watching bullying take place. Amazing to see how bullying affects everyone...easy read and well written...I would highly recommend!
May 06, 2016 Lsaj rated it it was amazing

Summary: A boy named Will started grade 9 with his best friend Katie and Jenna. Will is a unique kid and he got bullied for being unique by Shane, Brad and Devan. Shane is the biggest bully in the 9th grade. Devan is a bystander/bully. He doesn't bully anyone but, he laughs whenever Shane does something wrong. Katie defends Will but it was difficult for Katie because Shane on messing with Will. Devan realized it’s wrong when he catches feelings for Katie. At the science fair, Devan was setting u
Will Reid is a nerdy, gawky loner whose only friend, Katie, still can't seem to protect him from the school bully. This is a story that we have all seen in middle school and junior high - a gang of kids picks on the easy target and few, if any, stand up to them. Even the teachers and principals are unaware of the true extent of the problem. Egghead is a believable account of young adolescents and their struggles, whether they be the need to be accepted, bullying, fear, friendship or loyalty. Wri ...more
May 01, 2013 Maheesha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is into highschool things
Recommended to Maheesha by: My Teacher, Mrs. Viegas
I remember my teacher from elementary read this book to me last year in grade 7. It was such an awesome book. I loved it so much. I give it 4 stars because the story line was great and the romantic sutff and finding out about Shane and about how his family is towards him... GREAT STUFF! Thogh the ending was a little un-clear to me and just some-what sad to me thus, wanting there to be a sequel but NOPE no sequel! All of this was from what I remember last year in 2013 by the way. Anyways I found ...more
Jun 17, 2016 Darshdip rated it it was amazing
Egg head is a very heartfelt novel about a young boy who faces bullying. Will Reid is a very gawky kid who doesn't wear turtle necks and loves his ant farm. He is a perfect target for Shane. Katie is a long time friend of Will but defending her friend in a high school environment is difficult. Daven is apart of Shane's bully "gang" and comes to realize, supporting everything Shane does isn't the best idea. The three teens faces the challenges of a typical high school experience, being victims of ...more
Aug 15, 2009 Christine rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Saps
My first reaction: This doesn't actually happen in real, do the people who write about high schools just forget about everything that happened in their school, and write some stereotypical, predictable world?
And then: Oh. Despite the utter fakeness, this is really good.
Like, absolutely depressing, yet strangely
First of all, I've never met a bully quite like Shane. He seems grossly exaggerated, as most High school types are. Similarly, Will seems impossibly nerdy.
Feb 16, 2011 Maeghan rated it really liked it
This book was written by Caroline Pignat and is a very interesting and good book. I decided to read this book because i liked the title Egghead and because the front cover caught my eye. What i liked about this book is that it is about 3 high school kids that are going through a rough time at school and in the end they stand up to the bully and all three of the kids are now friends. The worst bit about the book for me was that it could have been longer maybe 200 pages so there is more detail in ...more
Stefanie Geryk
Apr 19, 2016 Stefanie Geryk rated it really liked it
English compulsory reading.

I don't know how many stars I should give to this book. It's something between 3,5 and 4. It wasn't extraordinary. It wasn't perfect, but it wasn't boring either. The plot was interesting and the ending a cliché. But there is still something about it that makes me think about it and I'm angry at every single character.

Bullying is still a question, and it will always be. Pignat simply shows what's it like to be different, hurt, brave, scared. And she did a really good j
Aug 09, 2010 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
The first book I read in days that actually got me tearing up. It was an emotional but true book about bullying. It wasn't exxagerated, it was truthful. I should know, from being a teen myself. Poor Will has to endure bullying because he is different. And we all hear people say, stand up for eachother. But its hard. And this book proves it perfectly. I also enjoyed Will's beautiful poems that kept this book both sad and intruging. Egghead is a fantastic book that I would recommend to absolutley ...more
Oct 25, 2012 Bookworm rated it it was amazing
I think that this book was really good. It mainly switches from Katie's point of view( which is looking out for her friend Will who gets bullied) to Devian's point of view( he's friends with Shane the bully. He likes Katie. And he also starts to hate Shane for the cruel things he does. Later he stops being a bystander and sticks up and helps Katie and egghead.) I loved this book a lot and I think that it's a wonderful book.
Nov 18, 2014 Robyn202 rated it liked it
I very much loved it because it was intriguing, and it sent a good message without it becoming clichéd or fake, which is what I find with the topic of bullying. The characters were real, the situations were realistic, and I enjoyed all the sub-plots as well. *SPOILERS* The part where we find out that Shane's being abused at home along with his mom adds depth to him and we see him in a different way.*SPOILERS OVER* Anyway, it's a great book, I would recommend it.
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Feb 22, 2016 Reading Words 13 rated it it was amazing
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This was such an wonderful story. It was quick paced and had great poetry in Will's perspective. I loved the 3 points of views on bullying, it wasn't unrealistic at all. Some things were pretty predictable (and again, that's what made it realistic) but the ending was more than amazing which makes up for the predictable things. If I wasn't reading this for school, I probably would've read it in a day. I LOVE this book.
Aug 26, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful narrative displaying the complex perspectives on the shared experience of bullying! This refreshing take on two bystanders' involvement in serious bullying pulls the reader into a true snapshot of the adolescent mind and how difficult it can be to stand up for what is right. I will definitely be reading this to my grade 7/8 classes as a springboard for discussing bullying, bystanders, and upstanders.
Apr 03, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
i thought this was a great book, and i liked how fast it went, it was a really fast going book. and i really liked it so i would recommend it. i would read it again, and just how fast it goes through while i was reading, just made me like it a bit more. becuase i knew it was fast going and i could know the details and whats going to happen next faster.
Aug 28, 2012 Momo rated it really liked it
Shelves: would-recomend
i loved this book we read this as a class boo but i would read over and over again. The book was soo good that we weren't supposed too read more than a chapter a week yet some how more than half of us read it in way less. then we had too read it again lol that was ok though !! amasing read !! fav char : dev
Susan B
A really good first novel from Caroline Pignat on the subject of bullying. Told from the points of view of two bystanders as well as through the poetry of the victim. Mostly believable, there were only two aspects I question: 1) the grade level of the principle actors (didn't seem like grade 9 to me) and 2) the victim's appearance at a school dance.
Neill Smith
Jul 31, 2011 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing
It was hard to be friends with Will in elementary school but now they’ve moved into high school it is much harder fort Katie to maintain the friendship because the costs are so much higher. Devan has stood by and watched his friend Shane bully other students throughout school but now he is realizing the dangers of being a bystander to this bullying.
Fatima Almalki
Dec 24, 2013 Fatima Almalki rated it liked it
I began reading it as part of the canadian red maple awards. I loved the format with the opening poems of each chapter. This book brings about a lot of open discussion about bullying. The author found a way to make it funny and serious in a way that shows different perspectives (bystander, victim, etc..)
Apr 12, 2014 Bianca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
This is a great book with many different themes. I loved it and couldn't put it down. Its main theme is bullying and how you should stand up to bullying. Truly an amazing book that makes u want to keep reading
Feb 21, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it
The impressive thing about Egghead is that this story manages to juggle several points of view clearly. The character of William James Reid comes through especially clearly (the use of poetry helps to distinguish his voice) and this will be a popular choice for classrooms.
Jun 20, 2014 Beatrice rated it really liked it
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Dec 24, 2012 Annika rated it liked it
Egghead gave a good depiction of teenage bullying.
It brought back memories of when I was bullied.
The author showed good character development as the teens grew to understand more about acceptance and compassion towards others.
Apr 26, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down. Loved seeing the viewpoints of the two characters who are the "bystanders". Also really enjoyed the poems by the MC. A definite page-turner with characters we can all relate to. I really enjoyed this one.
Ina Kulczynska
May 07, 2014 Ina Kulczynska rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
The book is excellent. Great read for intermediate grades, dealing with mental health, bullying and dealing with a loss of a loved one. Chapters are short, concise, and written from a perspective of various teens: a bully, his side-kick, the victim, and a by-stander. Highly recommended!
May 11, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Egghead is a great bullying awareness book. I feel like this book should be a mandatory read in grade 8, maybe even sooner. I love how each chapter is told by a different character in the book, this way we get to see everyone's perspective on what's happening.
Feb 27, 2013 Kaitlyn rated it it was ok
Pretty funny :)
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Caroline Pignat is the two-time Governor Generalʼs Award winning author of highly acclaimed young adult novels. Her historical fiction, contemporary, and free verse novels use multiple points of view and varied forms to engage readers of all ages.

As a Writer's Craft student, Caroline wrote a short story that years later became Greener Grass, the first of a critically acclaimed series, and went on
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