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Contributor(s): Johnston, E. K.

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ISBN: 1101994584     ISBN-13: 9781101994580
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2016

Annotation: At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rape victims; Juvenile fiction.
Psychic trauma; Juvenile fiction.
Cheerleading; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015020645
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 242 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 180934
Reading Level: 5.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q68582
Reading Level: 6.3   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Cheerleading co-captain Hermione Winters is drugged and raped at cheer camp and terminates the resulting pregnancy. Since she can't remember the rape, it's almost as if it happened to someone else. Well-developed secondary characters--including her fiercely protective best friend, therapist, and coach--are a strong support system in a compelling, emotional story in which Hermione struggles to piece things together. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Johnston (A Thousand Nights) draws from Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale," and perhaps as much from too-common present-day headlines, in the fearless story of a 17-year-old Ontario cheerleader getting a sense of her new normal after being drugged and raped at cheer camp. While Hermione's lack of specific memories of the assault offer a kind of protection, triggers surface (the smell of pine, the bass line of a song), and there's the awful reality that any of the six male members of her own team could have been involved. Hermione's relationship with her boyfriend collapses, and a pregnancy test comes back positive, but friends like her co-captain, Molly, are beyond steadfast—Johnston makes it abundantly clear what assets Hermione has in her own physical and mental discipline, as well as in the bedrock unity of her team. While Hermione is a victim, Johnson never portrays her as victimized, instead focusing on how Hermione reasserts control over her life with help from family, friends, and therapy, using her own decisions to push back against something in which she had no such choice. Ages 14–up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 January)

Gr 9 Up—Palermo Heights is known for two things. One, its phenomenal cheerleading team, and two, a supposed streak every year that sees one student die and one student get pregnant. As team captain, Hermione Winters is determined to see that tradition broken. Yet after a sexual assault takes place at camp, she is forced to reconcile her goals with her new reality and decide what course her life will take. Competitive cheerleading provides a unique and compelling backdrop to this take on Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale. There are no caricatures, only well-drawn, strong female protagonists and caring but believably flawed adults. The repercussions that the incident have on her relationships are realistic but occasionally seem to provide a best-case scenario to how people interact with victims of rape. Most notably, the friendship between the main character and her fierce best friend is a constant source of strength and humor. Hermione's story traces her reactions to a sexual assault in a nuanced fashion that confronts the horror but doesn't dwell in its shadow. Throughout the book, the setting in a tiny Canadian town and the protagonist's hyper focus and dedication to her sport lend realism to the text. VERDICT A beautifully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable, this is a must-buy for high school collections.—Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ

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