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by
Sandi Van

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Rosen
Imprint
Enslow/West 44 Books
ISBN
9781538385289
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JLG Category

Hi-Lo Mature

Lucas wants to speak out against the injustices he sees at his school, but he's paralyzed by social anxiety. He decides to start an anonymous online video channel, disguise his face and voice, and expose the things no one dares to talk about. But when Lucas blames the student council president for harming another student, her powerful parents become involved to unmask the social crusader. Afraid to lose the ground he gained with the videos, but even more afraid to speak out in public, Lucas must find a way to keep his voice from going silent.

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None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

200

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Novels in Verse

Topics

Peer pressure. Bullying. Social anxiety. Schools. Students. Social media. Vloggers. Social interaction. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7-10–In middle school, he was labeled “Loser Lucas.” Now, Lucas deals with social anxiety, leaving him tongue-tied around classmates but an acute observer of his high school caste system. Calling himself the “Lone Knight,” he vlogs ugly truths about the most popular students at his school. After gaining a following, Lucas tries changing his message to one of kindness and acceptance, only to be roundly rejected by his audience. With mixed emotions, he returns to his original reveals, including recording an incident of sabotage between field hockey teammates that is his undoing. A heart-to-heart with the saboteur leads to reconciliation, a happily-ever-after that does not feel realistic. The “Lone Knight” persona helps Lucas step out of his comfort zone, but can he do so in real life? The verse narration captures Lucas’s anxiety as he tries to interact with classmates, make a friend in auto repair class, and live with parents who are disappointed by his anxiety. Characters’ ethnicities are not described, though two characters are coded as Indian. VERDICT Truthful observations about high school from an outsider will appeal to most students; however, the ending is a bit pat. A good hi-lo buy.–Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Lib., WA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 7-10–In middle school, he was labeled “Loser Lucas.” Now, Lucas deals with social anxiety, leaving him tongue-tied around classmates but an acute observer of his high school caste system. Calling himself the “Lone Knight,” he vlogs ugly truths about the most popular students at his school. After gaining a following, Lucas tries changing his message to one of kindness and acceptance, only to be roundly rejected by his audience. With mixed emotions, he returns to his original reveals, including recording an incident of sabotage between field hockey teammates that is his undoing. A heart-to-heart with the saboteur leads to reconciliation, a happily-ever-after that does not feel realistic. The “Lone Knight” persona helps Lucas step out of his comfort zone, but can he do so in real life? The verse narration captures Lucas’s anxiety as he tries to interact with classmates, make a friend in auto repair class, and live with parents who are disappointed by his anxiety. Characters’ ethnicities are not described, though two characters are coded as Indian. VERDICT Truthful observations about high school from an outsider will appeal to most students; however, the ending is a bit pat. A good hi-lo buy.–Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Lib., WA

Grades 9-12
Hi-Lo Mature
For Grades 9-12

Entertaining, age appropriate topics combined with short chapters and simple sentences make the 12 books in this category interesting and accessible to teens who struggle to read. These selections may include mature situations and content most suitable for older teens.

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