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It Wasn’t Me



by
Dana Alison Levy

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Delacorte
ISBN
9781524766436

Awards and Honors
ILA Children's Choices - 2019
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018
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After Theo's photography project is vandalized, Theo's teacher has him and five student suspects meet up during the week of school vacation. She calls it "Justice Circle." They call it their worst nightmare.

Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Discrimination: Reference/Discussion, Language: Homophobic Slur, Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5: points 10

Lexile

740L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

16

JLG Release

Mar 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Bullying. Restorative justice. Friendship. Middle schools. Photography. Vandalism. Cliques. Mystery stories. Conduct of life.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

Having reluctantly agreed to exhibit his self-portraits in his school’s art gallery, seventh grader Theo is devastated when the photographs are defaced and destroyed. With trepidation he joins the five students suspected of committing the vandalism in a Justice Circle, hoping to understand how one of them could be so cruel. The suspects seem predictable types—a jock, an overachiever, a weirdo, a class clown (Jax Fletcher from Levy’s Family Fletcher books), and a stayer-belowthe- radar—who are introduced in the novel’s opening pages through the first of the written assessments they are required to complete each day. As time goes on, they start to shed defensiveness, show vulnerability, and gain an appreciation for one another through their shared experience. As for Theo himself, through his introspective first-person viewpoint we see him dealing with hurt, anger, confusion, empathy, and compassion as the culprit is slowly revealed. Levy delves into sensitive topics that are both timely and of great importance to middle-school readers while also providing plenty of entertainment and humor—yoga-ball soccer, anyone?—with this winning school story. monica edinger

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Having reluctantly agreed to exhibit his self-portraits in his school’s art gallery, seventh grader Theo is devastated when the photographs are defaced and destroyed. With trepidation he joins the five students suspected of committing the vandalism in a Justice Circle, hoping to understand how one of them could be so cruel. The suspects seem predictable types—a jock, an overachiever, a weirdo, a class clown (Jax Fletcher from Levy’s Family Fletcher books), and a stayer-belowthe- radar—who are introduced in the novel’s opening pages through the first of the written assessments they are required to complete each day. As time goes on, they start to shed defensiveness, show vulnerability, and gain an appreciation for one another through their shared experience. As for Theo himself, through his introspective first-person viewpoint we see him dealing with hurt, anger, confusion, empathy, and compassion as the culprit is slowly revealed. Levy delves into sensitive topics that are both timely and of great importance to middle-school readers while also providing plenty of entertainment and humor—yoga-ball soccer, anyone?—with this winning school story. monica edinger

Grades 5-8
Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

Stories with strong, relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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