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The Fall by James Preller
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Jul 20, 2015

it was amazing

Keep a handkerchief close when reading this story. We all know how big a deal bullying is in our schools today. This is the journal kept by a boy about a bullying episode in his school.

Morgan Mallen killed herself. And Sam Proctor is trying to come to terms with it. He knew her probably the best of any of the kids in their school. But he was ashamed to admit it and he joined in the online bullying. Peer pressure and the fear of having the bullies turn on him had him doing things that he knew were wrong. Morgan and Sam were friends who met while walking their dogs and who hung out together once in a while. Sam says it was fourteen times.

Now, with the encouragement of a guidance counselor, Sam is writing a journal. He says he'll spend fifteen minutes a day putting down his thoughts. Some days it is a recounting of time they spent together. Some days it is a poem. Some days he is thinking about what he did wrong or what he should have done. Some days the page has just a few words.

Gradually, over the course of a school year, Sam grows and comes to some conclusions about Morgan and himself. He comes to know himself better and makes some decisions but he never does really understand why Morgan made the choice she made.

This is a very wonderful and thought-provoking story that will be in my middle school media center this fall.
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July 20, 2015 – Started Reading
July 20, 2015 – Shelved
July 20, 2015 – Finished Reading

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