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This is What I Did: by Ann Dee Ellis

This is What I Did: (edition 2007)

by Ann Dee Ellis

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Title:This is What I Did:
Authors:Ann Dee Ellis
Info:Little, Brown Young Readers (2007), Hardcover, 176 pages
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This is What I Did: by Ann Dee Ellis


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So this is a book discussion book that I'm reading with teens in the juvenile detention facility. I'm hoping they really dig the short breezy sections, the absence of chapters, and intrigue. As an adult reading this, I picked up the "twist" fairly quickly. However, hopefully teens who aren't heavy readers will still be surprised at the end. The story follows Logan as he comes to term with his new school, his shitty life, and his past. Something horrible happened last year. Something soo horrible that he can't talk about it or forget it. He should have stopped it but he didn't. And now it's slowly ruining his life and his reputation. All the kids at his new school think there is something horribly wrong with Logan, are they right? Reader's will try to piece together what happened and have to decide how they feel about Logan afterwards. Is everything black and white or are there shades of gray? ( )
  ecataldi | Aug 27, 2015 |
The 13 year old male protagonist tells his story and works his way through that mysterious age and some horrible experiences. Very cathartic. I had memories of how awkward this age can be. Well done. I read it in one long sitting (2 hours ) ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
This heart-breaking young adult novel about coping with the grief and guilt that can follow trauma is not appropriate for all readers, but is sure to leave an impression on those who are mature enough for it. The story is told by Logan, a young teenager who has moved to a new school to escape bullying following his best friend’s father’s sexual assault of one of his classmates. The harassment follows Logan, though, and he has to endure his new classmates’ torment while also living with the guilt of having witnessed the assault without taking action. The story asks the question of whether someone who witnesses abuse has a responsibility to try to prevent it, but never makes a judgment about Logan’s actions; the reader is left to make the decision. Ellis portrays the infuriating nature of childhood cruelty through the eyes of a victim who begins to believe he deserves it, but also emphasizes through Logan’s relationship with his therapist the importance of trusting others and accepting help. The narrative is told in Logan’s voice, with short sentences, convincingly adolescent language, and dialogue structured like a theater script. The younger characters are realistic, but the adults are often one-dimensional. Small illustrations that connect with the story separate concise passages. Though the depictions of abuse are best suited for mature readers, This is What I Did asks questions that are important for young adults. Recommended. Grades 9-12. ( )
  kottenbrookk | Nov 12, 2014 |
Logan's having a hard time adjusting to his new school. His best friend is gone, his family has moved across town, and rumor about what happened have followed him here--and make him the target of bullies.

What did happen was pretty horrific to witness, and Logan is caught up in the guilt of not having done anything to stop it or help. This is more about his healing and getting past the incident than it is about the bullies.

Short, choppy writing style really shows off the character. Good book but difficult to get the right audience for. (Maybe fans of Robert Cormier, if there still are any in the teen set?) ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
Reviewed by Mrs. Foley

Interesting book. A quick read with some little pictures or photos interspersed in the writing. It might really make students think about reporting what they know about some of their friends' home lives. And what might be helped if they would...

Review from Publisher's Weekly:
Part staccato prose, part transcript, this haunting first novel will grip readers right from the start. Fragmented scenes re-create, with grim authenticity, the almost claustrophobic perspective of the eighth-grade narrator, Logan, as he struggles to come to terms with his role in a despicable crime. "A year ago I was fine. That's when there was nothing wrong," Logan says early on. In relaying the action chiefly through Logan's terse observations and through script-like reproductions of dialogue, Ellis never veers from Logan's point of view. In this way, she infuses the narrative with his guilt over what happened, the details of which are revealed only in a climactic finale. At the same time, the narrator's frustration does not become the audience's, thanks to Ellis's skill in dramatizing his vulnerability. Readers will recognize themselves in Logan's difficulty overcoming his shame, even if the scale of his experiences is larger than their own, and sympathy as well as curiosity about his circumstances will drive them forward. Logan's progress is slow-but realistically so-and brings with it an almost cathartic relief for the audience. Plaudits go to the art department, too: a particularly attractive book design incorporates small drawings between each segment of text. ( )
  hickmanmc | Aug 24, 2011 |
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This harrowing debut novel captures the confusion and hurt of an eighth-grader struggling to deal with issues beyond his ability.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Media Connection, Amy Hart (Jan 1, 2008)
This is an intense, well-told story that will make readers think hard about how they would handle rough situations in their lives.
added by Katya0133 | editSchool Library Journal, Geri Diorio (Oct 1, 2007)
Part staccato prose, part transcript, this haunting first novel will grip readers right from the start.
added by Katya0133 | editPublishers Weekly (Jul 30, 2007)
Logan's mumbling, realistic, terse and to-the-point narration will help teen readers overlook the over-baked, near-problem-novel format of the plot.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Jun 15, 2007)
This psychological drama effectively explores our failure to protect youth from abuse inflicted by peers or adults.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Cindy Dobrez (May 15, 2007)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316013633, Hardcover)

Imagine if you had witnessed something horrific. Imagine if it had happened to your friend. And imagine if you hadn't done anything to help. That's what it's like to be Logan, an utterly frank, slightly awkward, and extremely loveable outcast enmeshed in a mysterious psychological drama. This story allows readers to piece together the sequence of events that has changed his life and changed his perspective on what it means to be a good friend and what it means to be a good person.

This is What I Did: is a powerful read with clever touches, such as palindrome notes, strewn throughout the story and incorporated into the unique design of the book.

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Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him.

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