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Diary of a Witness

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Diary of a Witness

By Catherine Ryan Hyde

Knopf Books for Young Readers, Library Binding, 9780375956843, 208pp.

Publication Date: August 25, 2009


One day, something’s going to snap. . . .

Ernie doesn't have a lot of friends at school. Just Will. They have stuff in common—like fishing. But more important, they have common enemies: the school jocks, who seem to find bullying just another sport.

For the most part, Ernie and Will take life at high school in stride. Until Will has one very bad day. Now nothing is remotely funny. Ernie finds himself a witness—to loss, to humiliation, and to Will’s anger—an anger that’s building each and every moment.

Ernie doesn’t want to believe his best friend is changing, but he can’t deny the truth. Soon he has a choice: join or die. Or can he find another way?

Praise for The Day I Killed James:
“Teens who have experienced crushing rejection or who have laughed at the ardent feelings of a classmate will devour this original, gripping story.”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde's young adult novels include "Becoming Chloe, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, "and "The Day I Killed James." She lives in California. "From the Hardcover edition."