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Diary of a Witness by Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Sep 19, 10

Read from September 17 to 18, 2010


One day can change everything. One tragedy can break a person. One day, Ernie and Will, best friends, are living the day to day life of two high school students, with a few merciless bullies thrown in. The next day, they both come to school as two boys that have experienced a terrible accident that changes their lives forever. Will’s life is particularly changed as his world is turned completely upside down. The accident threatens to permanently divide his family, his friendship with Ernie, and most of all, it isolates and tears apart Will himself.

Will, Ernie's fearless comrade, is suddenly weak, scared, and vulnerable. Both boys begin to face ruthless torment until it is too much to bear. Quickly, life spirals out of control and Ernie is caught in the middle of Will's chaotic life and the bullies that threaten him at school.

Hyde's novel concentrates on the relationship between Will and Ernie, but also gives time and thoughtfulness to the relationship between Ernie and his uncle. Hyde also delves into the mystery surrounding the secrecy of school bullying and the vulnerability of teens in the absence of strong parental figures.

Well-written and hard to put down, Hyde has created a novel that is highly recommended for teens ages 13 and up because of its sensitivity to real teen issues and the intensity of the book’s content.
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