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Frictionby E. R. Frank
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andlt;Bandgt;True or False:andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; Simon is one of the coolest teachers at andlt;BRandgt; Forest Alternative: andlt;Bandgt;Trueandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Simon and Alex are friends: andlt;Bandgt;Trueandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Tim is jealous of Alex and Simon: andlt;Bandgt;Falseandlt;/Bandgt;... andlt;BRandgt; ...until Stacy walks into class, flashing her tongue ring, swishing her hair, and spreading rumors — dirty rumors, the kind that make you second guess who your real friends are, and their intentions. Rumors like Stacy's test and sometimes ruin friendships as strong as those among Tim, Alex, and Simon. Rumors are dangerous, but not always as dangerous or ugly as the truths from which they spring....
"Frank (America; Life Is Funny) insightfully addresses the topics of teen sexuality and child abuse as she delves into the muddled emotions of a 12-year-old girl. Narrator Alex, a tomboy, feels comfortable and secure at her alternative school, where students and faculty are like family. Things change, however, with the arrival of a new student, Stacy, who insinuates that there is something more than friendship between Alex and classmate Tim, who has always been like a brother to Alex. Then Stacy claims that their teacher, Simon, is a 'pervert,' who 'likes' Alex. Alex, angered by Stacy's outlandish remarks, nonetheless can't help wondering if there's a grain of truth in Stacy's lies. Tension escalates, threatening both Alex's friendship with Tim and Simon's professional reputation. Frank perceptively captures the ambiguity that arises with the awakening of sexual feelings, especially as she describes the nuances of Alex's relationships with Tim and with Simon — and the darker motives behind Stacy's behavior. The ending may confuse readers, and a couple of scenes with Simon seem unnecessary and inconsistent with his earlier portrayal (he sleeps beside Alex in a tent and later leaves Alex with the class's food order to make out with his girlfriend in a car), but these flaws hardly detract from the sensitivity with which Frank handles the bulk of the novel. Rather than coloring innocence and guilt in black and white, the author invites readers to explore the large gray area between truth and falsehood. Sure to spark heated discussions, this provocative novel is a reminder that words spoken carelessly can have lasting, painful repercussions. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
True or False:
Simon is one of the coolest teachers at
Forest Alternative: True
Simon and Alex are friends: True
Tim is jealous of Alex and Simon: False...
...until Stacy walks into class, flashing her tongue ring, swishing her hair, and spreading rumors — dirty rumors, the kind that make you second guess who your real friends are, and their intentions. Rumors like Stacy's test and sometimes ruin friendships as strong as those among Tim, Alex, and Simon. Rumors are dangerous, but not always as dangerous or ugly as the truths from which they spring....
In this suspenseful story about teen angst, a girl must determine the truth for herself in an environment where truth and lies meet, and convince her classmates that she is right.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;E. R. Frankandlt;/Bandgt; is the author of two highly praised novels for Atheneum: andlt;Iandgt;Americaandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Friction.andlt;/Iandgt; Her first novel was andlt;Iandgt;Life Is Funny,andlt;/Iandgt; winner of the andlt;Iandgt;Teen Peopleandlt;/Iandgt; Book Club NEXT Award for YA Fiction and was also a top-ten ALA 2001 Quick Pick.andlt;BRandgt;In addition to being writer, E. R. Frank is also a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She works with adults and adolescents and specializes in trauma.
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