It Wasn't Me (Hardcover)

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There has been a hate crime at Shipton Middle School. Two actually. First, Theo's self portraits are vandalized. Then, more of his photographs are destroyed. Five kids are suspects, but no one will admit anything. Instead of punishing them, Ms. Lewiston suggests a Justice Circle during the week of school break. Theo only agrees to participate because he is desperate to discover who hates him and understand why. Everyone swears they know nothing, but they are definitely hiding something. Theo is determined to uncover the villain, but his single-mindedness means he's missing important clues about his classmates that are in plain sight. Poignant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, It Wasn’t Me is a fantastic conversation starter about intent versus impact, and how we rarely see the whole picture without taking time to listen.

~ Eight Cousins

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— From Holiday Picks 2018

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"Every reader will find some piece of themselves in Levy's sharp, humorous, and heartfelt novel. A twisty mystery with quirky, unforgettable characters and a positive message to boot."
JOHN DAVID ANDERSON, the critically acclaimed author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted

The Breakfast Club meets middle school with a prank twist in this hilarious and heartwarming story about six very different seventh graders who are forced to band together after a vandalism incident.


When Theo's photography project is mysteriously vandalized at school there are five suspected students who all say "it wasn't me."

Theo just wants to forget about the humiliating incident but his favorite teacher is determined to get to the bottom of it and has the six of them come into school over vacation to talk. She calls it "Justice Circle." The six students—the Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Screw Up, the Weirdo, and the Nobody—think of it as detention. AKA their worst nightmare.

That is until they realize they might get along after all, despite their differences. But what is everyone hiding and will school ever be the same?

*PW Best Books *Winter Kids' Indie Next List * JLG selection * Three starred reviews


"What at first seems like a novel solely about bullying becomes a story about six kids who find their way to true friendship and fierce loyalty, and why restorative justice is worth the time and effort it takes." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A timely, introspective whodunit with a lot of heart." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Levy writes in an easy style with laugh-out-loud humor, offering characters that slowly reveal deeper complexity." —School Library Journal, starred review



About the Author


Dana Alison Levy was raised by pirates but escaped at a young age and went on to earn a degree in aeronautics and puppetry. Actually, that's not true--she just likes to make things up. That's why she always wanted to write books. She was born and raised in New England and studied English literature before going to graduate school for business. While there is value in all learning, had she known she would end up writing for a living, she might not have struggled through all those statistics and finance classes. Dana was last seen romping around with her family in Massachusetts. Visit her website or find her on Twitter and Instagram @danaalisonlevy.

Praise For…




"Every reader will find some piece of themselves in Levy's sharp, humorous, and heartfelt novel. A twisty mystery with quirky, unforgettable characters and a positive message to boot."
—John David Anderson, the critically acclaimed author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted
 
"What at first seems like a novel solely about bullying becomes a story about six kids who find their way to true friendship and fierce loyalty, and why restorative justice is worth the time and effort it takes." —Publishers Weekly, starred 

"A timely, introspective whodunit with a lot of heart." —Kirkus Reviews, starred 

"Levy writes in an easy style with laugh-out-loud humor, offering characters that slowly reveal deeper complexity." —School Library Journal, starred
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524766436
ISBN-10: 1524766437
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 13th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English