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The Truth about Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler
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May 16, 2011

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bookshelves: contemporary, intermediate, multicultural, realistic, rms, young-adult
Recommended to Megan by: "The Elephant in the Schoolyard" School Library Journal 2/11

When Zebby's ideas for the school newspaper get shot down by the faculty advisor, she quits and starts a website where she can post her articles. She opens it up for anyone to post articles and comments as well. Someone anonymously posts a cruel picture of popular girl Lilly but Zebby decides to leave it up in the name of free speech. The social and emotional effects on Lilly become worse and worse until she finally disappears completely.

Told from many POVs, readers are kept guessing as to the identity of the anonymous poster. A timely topic, but the characters seemed like stereotypes (popular kids, comic book geeks, overachiever, etc.). Also, Zebby says "middle school kids love blogs" which I'm not sure is really true. They love Facebook and texting, but not so much emailing and blogging.

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