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Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
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Jun 11, 2012

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bookshelves: vermont-dcf-2012-13, picture-books
Read from July 02 to 18, 2012

This is a story about a quirky middle school kid Marley. What makes him quirky? He loves Star Trek, is a member of the AV club, mother is blind, and his parents own a financially unstable movie art house. You know what happens to quirky middle school kids by now, right? They are bullied. They are misunderstood. They are invisible. Marley has an interesting voice, but I struggled to find plausible some of the things he did and said. He is bullied and the bullies, collectively called The Gorn, are relentless. The bullying is real, but doesn't feel as harsh as Auggie's treatment in Wonder. Nor does it seem as realistic. That said, Marley is a character to root for and that alone will hold the reader's attention through all the quirky twists and turns.

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