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Mar 17 2010

A Year in Girl Hell - Dumped by Meredith Costain

cover image Hardie Grant Egmont, 2009. ISBN 9781921502293.

(Ages 10-13) Recommended. The second in a series of four books set over the first year of high school for a group of friends. It's term two, and Michi is pleased that she has made some new friends at high school, especially Mia and the other girls from Pink HQ. When it looks like a cute boy in the orchestra is interested in her, Michi suddenly finds herself the target of an onslaught of cyber-bullying. What's worse, is that some of it is coming from Mia's email address. With her parents more concerned about her getting a good reult in her violin exam that about how happy she is, Michi doesn't know who to turn to. I was a little disappointed with the way the issue of cyber-bullying was dealt with in this book, as it is such a hot topic at the moment, and it felt somewhat glossed over.
Donella Reed
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