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Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
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Jan 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 10-to-12-year-old-readers, a-7th-and-8th-grade-middle-school-t, bullying, guys-read
Read in January, 2011

Absolutely Maybe pulled me into Lisa Yee's corner. Loved that book!
About Warp Speed.
Marley is a Target. Not sure why, perhaps total geekdom, but that does not always brand a target on someone...
He is though, extremely aware of his outsider status, no one to back him up and is therefore Easy Target for lame bullies-The ones that slam folk into the lockers, that deliver bruising punches for No Reason, the ones that eat your homework, copy your test, threaten the decent folk....and go utterly unnoticed by admin and teachers.... go figure.....
He did have a friend, remember Stanford Wong? But Stanford threw Marley under the bus rather that risk his coolness...
During a daring escape from certain bruising Marley's flash running catches the eye of the track coach who times him- fastest kid he's ever seen, now Marley has to sort out overtures from the jock squad on top of everything else.
This is seventh grade- girls, new friends, bullies, athleticism, possible hygiene upgrades, certain embarrassment, unlikely friends, wacky teachers, wackier admin, and his lovely parents....
All culminate ...
Here is a spoiler stop now if you care.
The point is what to do about bullies?
They torment so many, what can Marley do to change his fate? Lisa has an idea... really would love to know if it works. When I see her next I will ask. If nothing else this book brings the subject to the table and addresses some of the many, many issues. Thank you Lisa.
If this is something that you want to talk about with kids - perhaps this book would be a springboard...

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