Poison Ivy

Amy Goldman Koss

Roaring Brook Press

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"IwithVY: I told Ms. Gold about how The Evil Three have been after me, feeding off me since fourth grade.
MARCO: It isn't a very pretty story, so if you're looking for 'nice,' you better ask someone else.
ANN: We just have to come up wiht some witnesses for our side. Think! Does anyone owe you any favors?
BRYCE: I figure, Dude, why not make a little spare change on the side? A buck a bet. All's I has to do was explain that liable was civil for guilty, and they swarmed like flies."

Eight first-person narrators give different versions of the same event. Lessons about the inner workings of the judicial system pale beside the insights into human nature. With pathos and a great deal of humor, Amy Goldman Koss keeps you turning pages.

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“The message is clear: beauty, popularity, and fear are the trinity by which girls rule, and although most teenagers aren’t cruel, many are indifferent to the suffering of their peers and are thankful they aren’t the ones in the spotlight. . . . compelling reading for teenagers in the trenches.”—Booklist

“[Koss] uses the authentic voices of eight diverse teens to create a “mock trial” in an American Government class. . . . The interactions among the students in and out of the “courtroom” offer readers intriguing and often disturbing perspectives on popularity, peer pressure, bullying and fairness. In the end, Marco best articulates the outcome: ‘Beauty wins and truth is irrelevant. Grim, isn’t it?’ Yes. And, in these pages, it’s all too convincing.”—Publishers Weekly

“Realistic dialogue and fast-paced action will hold interest, and the final verdict is unsettling, but not unexpected.”—School Library Journal

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Amy Goldman Koss

Amy Goldman Koss is the author of several highly praised teen novels, including The Girls, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and ALA Quick Picks Top Ten selection, and an IRA Young Adult Choice. She lives in Glendale, California, with her family.

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Poison Ivy
Amy Goldman Koss

Hardcover

Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
March 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596431188
ISBN10: 1596431180
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 176 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 840L
AR Quiz Number: 106425
AR Points: 5

$16.95

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
October 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312384531
ISBN10: 031238453X
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 316 x 7 5/8 inches, 192 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 840LL
F&P Level A-Z: W
AR Quiz Number: 106425
AR Points: 5

$8.99
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