Synopses & Reviews
With her martyr-doctor mother gone to save lives in some South American country, Poe Holly suddenly finds herself on the suburban doorstep of the father she never knew, who also happens to be a counselor at her new high school. She misses Los Angeles. She misses the guys in her punk band. Weirdly, she even misses the shouting matches she used to have with her mom.
But Poe manages to find a few friends: Theo, the cute guy in the anarchy Tshirt, and Velveeta, her oddly likeable neighbor — and a born victim who's the butt of every prank at Benders High. But when the pranks turn deadly at the hands of invincible football star Colby Morris, Poe knows she's got to fix the system and take down the hero.
With insightfulness, spot-on dialogue, and a swiftly paced plot, Michael Harmon tells the story of a displaced girl grappling with a truly dangerous bully.
"[H]ighly charged....[S]trong medicine with a strong message." Kirkus Reviews
"Harmon's dialogue is crystal clear and authentic, his youth characters intelligent, and his adult characters finely drawn....[A]n admirably realistic portrayal of a rebel coming to realize that rebellion can be elitist, too." Booklist
When her mother leaves for South America, Poe Holly finds herself on the doorstep of the father she's never known. With insightfulness and a swiftly paced plot, Harmon tells the story of a displaced girl grappling with a truly dangerous bully.
About the Author
Michael Harmon is the author of Skate (“A remarkable first novel” according to Kirkus Reviews) and The Last Exit to Normal (“An excellent read” according to a starred School Library Journal review). He lives in Washington state.