At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team--and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.
Age Range: From 14 to 99
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers, March 2016
Publisher Marketing: Publisher Marketing:Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in E.K. Johnston s latest brave and unforgettable heroine. Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of she s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black. In every class, there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The assault wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story and she's not going to let it be the end. She won t be anyone s cautionary tale. Johnston s clever but never precious update of Shakespeare sThe Winter s Taleis unflinching but not at all graphic in its treatment of sexual violence....Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesn t focus on victimhood. Booklist, starred review
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