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Egghead: A Novel by Caroline Pignat

Egghead: A Novel (edition 2007)

by Caroline Pignat

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Title:Egghead: A Novel
Authors:Caroline Pignat
Info:Red Deer Press (2007), Edition: 1, Paperback, 173 pages
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I read this book at school for our theme of Bullying. I loved the book and how it was written in kinda a diary form in the perspective of 3 teens. If you are a teacher, I incourage you to read this book to your class. I think it's good for ages 12 and up. It does have course language in it BUT I think it makes the book seem more realistic because it's representing how highschool really is. If you are a teen, (12 and up) I think you schould deffinitly read this book. It demonstraits how you should stick up to bullies and help your friends in their time of need. ( )
  smilesalltheway | Nov 11, 2012 |
Pignat triangulates the typical bullying story from three different perspectives: the bully, the bullied and the bystander. Will is that awkward kid. You know. The one who doesn't understand social cues. Who dresses weird. Who acts like an idiot without realising it. Katie is Will's friend, or at least the closest thing he has to one, but he doesn't make it easy. Devan is one of the gang of boys who follows Shane, the high school's prime 9th grade bully. Lewis gets on Shane and co's bully radar from day one when, in orientation, he is found in the middle of the gym, bent down staring intently at an ant. Katie tries to defend him, but no one else will come to his rescue. As the year progresses so does the bullying, until it reaches a tragic climax.

Written one part novel in verse for Will and in first person for both Katie and Devan, Pignat 's skillful, nuanced storytelling demonstrates how no situation is black and white. Everybody has a story we don't know about that influences the way we act. The storyline is simple and familiar, making it accessible to a young audience. However, never does Pignat let the moral of her story (which is a heady one and most definitely present) interfere with the development of her characters.

Katie is especially interesting as the bystander. She wants to help Will, but at the same time she is embarrassed by him and worried about her own reputation in the school. She doesn't always make the right choices though her heart is in the right place.

Egghead is a small but powerful book about bullying for about grade 5 to 7. I tried it with an older crowd and though they liked it, it wasn't sophisticated enough for them- the story was too typical (something that works for the younger audiences) and the moral too obvious. Still, it would be a great classroom conversation starter not only on the subject of bullying but also as an example of voice. ( )
  wiremonkey | Jun 21, 2012 |
This common storyline is told through three different point of views, the bully, the victim and the bystander. While the narration is well done, the storyline lacks anything new. Creative structure does not make up for original plot. ( )
  AmandaCharland | Jan 8, 2011 |
A boy who is different form everyone else...a perfect target for a bully.He doesn't want to tattle and get him in trouble,so what does he do? ( )
  madin456 | Dec 12, 2010 |
Reviewed by Bryannie Kirk (CM Magazine, March 21, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 15)
'the issues are supported by Pignat's clear prose and sensitive treatment of the perspectives of three very different characters'

  elliottruth | Nov 20, 2009 |
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Red Maple Book Award - Fiction Honour Book 2009

Snow Willow Award Nominee 2009

CLA Young Adult Canadian Book Award shortlist, 2009

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

Will Reid is a gawky kid who wears fake turtlenecks, is obsessed by his ant farm project, and is lousy at gym. In other words, he's the perfect target for Shane, the Grade 9 bully. Katie has been Will's friend in elementary school, but defending him in the high school environment comes at an unforeseen cost - she dreads the rumours that link them in a boyfriend/girlfriend way she's never considered. Devan has been part of Shane's bullyboy team until now, when he comes to realize that it's not so smart to mindlessly back up each nasty attack of Shane's. Together the three young teens are struggling to find their way out of one of the classic dilemmas of life: how not to be a bystander to bullying, how to stand up for your friends, and how to deal with consuming rage.

Young readers will find lots to think about as they turn the pages of this crisp and compelling story by newcomer Caroline Pignat. Each character takes a turn at telling the story -- through the spare blank verse of Will, wrapped up in the world of his single-parent father and his own eccentric preoccupations; through the clear-eyed accounts of Katie, wrestling with her own private demons; and in the sensitive narrative of the slowly awakening Devan, who comes to notice Katie as a spunky, attractive individual whom he'd like to know better but fears thinks he's a goof.

Note that Kids Help Phone's has included Egghead on their site as a book to help kids in their Get Information section under Bullying for Ages 13 and Up.

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YA FICTION. Will Reid is a gawky kid who wears fake turtlenecks, is obsessed by his ant farm project, and is lousy at gym. In other words, he's the perfect target for Shane, the Grade 9 bully. Will and his two friends are struggling to find their way out of one of the classic dilemmas of life: how not to be a bystander to bullying, how to stand up for your friends, and how to deal with consuming rage.… (more)

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