|Pages/Publication Date:||304 / 2016|
In 1940s Pennsylvania, adolescent Annabelle is living a mostly quiet, steady life—until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and though her bullying seems isolated at first, it quickly escalates when she targets Toby, a reclusive World War I veteran. While others see Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness, and in this Newbery Honor Book for readers 9 to 12, she must find the courage to stand as a lone voice for justice.
"Powerful, complex, and lifelike…This book raises some of the same issues as To Kill a Mockingbird, but with social status rather than racism as the basis for injustice.... A truly moving debut."—School Library Journal (starred review)