Rave Reviews Log: Realistic Fiction

October 23, 2006

Poison Ivy

By Amy Goldman Koss
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

Ivy has been picked on for years by the Evil Three: Ann, Benita and Sophie. When Ivy's teacher finds out about the torture, she decides to hold a mock trial to hold the threesome accountable for their treatment of Ivy. The other kids in class get chosen as lawyers and jurors and so forth. But would you stand up against the most popular girls in school and not worry about your own reputation? Even to do the right thing? Would you lie? Or tell the truth? Koss tells the story from the viewpoint of several of the kids in the classroom, although Ivy, Ann, Daria (Ivy's lawyer) and Marco (a juror) get the most to say. It is a story to make you think about whether you are kid who teases others or one of those who gets teased, or even if you are just someone in the middle. A book that makes you think about what is important to you in school and what should be important. An interesting read that would be great to talk about in a classroom or discussion group.


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