The Mockingbirds

By Daisy Whitney
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316090537, 352pp.)

Publication Date: November 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Kids' Next List
“Themis Academy is a co-ed boarding school of the highest caliber. According to the administration, everything is perfect there. According to the students, that's not quite correct. In response, The Mockingbirds, a very organized judicial force of students is formed. Alex never dreamed that she would need their services -- until she is date-raped. This is a very strong story that is difficult to put down, with an important message for everyone.”
-- Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver, CO


Description

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl's struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone--especially yourself--you fight for it.




About the Author

Daisy Whitney is a new-media producer, a reporter, and an internationally known web show creator, and The Mockingbirds is her debut novel. She graduated from Brown University and lives in San Francisco, California, with her fabulous husband, fantastic kids, and adorable dog. Daisy believes in shoes, chocolate chip cookies, and karma. You can follow her writing blog and new-media adventures at DaisyWhitney.com.




Praise For The Mockingbirds

"In The Mockingbirds, Daisy Whitney has written an unflinchingly honest story about the importance of taking a stand and speaking out. An emotionally powerful debut that will leave readers breathless."
-Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be


"First-time author Whitney boldly addresses date rape, vigilantism, and academic politics in an intense and timely novel... Besides showing skill in executing suspense and drama, Whitney masterfully evokes the complexity of her protagonist's emotions, particularly her intense longing to feel 'normal' again."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

"[Whitney] writes with smooth assurance and a propulsive rhythm as she follows Alex through the Mockingbird's trial process and its accompanying emotional storm of confusion, shame, fear, and finally, empowerment. Authentic and illuminating, this strong debut explores vital teen topics of sex and violence; crime and punishment; ineffectual authority; and the immeasurable, healing influence of friendship and love."
-Booklist

"Extraordinary...Shocking and eye-opening, this book is hard to put down."
-The Guardian

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