Brutal by Michael Harmon

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With her martyr-doctor mother gone to save lives in some South American country, Poe Holly suddenly finds herself on the suburban doorstep of the father she never knew, who also happens to be a counselor at her new high school. She misses Los Angeles. She misses the guys in her punk band. Weirdly, she even misses the shouting matches she used to have with her mom.

But Poe manages to find a few friends: Theo, the cute guy in the anarchy Tshirt, and Velveeta, her oddly likeable neighbor—and a born victim who’s the butt of every prank at Benders High. But when the pranks turn deadly at the hands of invincible football star Colby Morris, Poe knows she’s got to fix the system and take down the hero.

With insightfulness, spot-on dialogue, and a swiftly paced plot, Michael Harmon tells the story of a displaced girl grappling with a truly dangerous bully.


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About Michael Harmon

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MICHAEL HARMON is the author of several award-winning and critically acclaimed novels for young adults including Brutal, The Last Exit to Normal, Skate, and The Chamber of Five, which School Library Journal called, "gritty and powerful."
 
Published February 18, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Poe moves from Los Angeles to suburban California to live with her father, a man she has no relationship with, she’s furious: furious at her dynamo doctor of a mother for deserting her to take a year’s sabbatical to care for the poor and furious at her dad for his neglect and emotional passi...

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Not that the “school” part of the whole messed up state of affairs bothers her – she’s gone through school after school, kicked out of one after the other or taken out by her mom, who always makes up some reason about the school isn’t good enough for her daughter to explain Holly’s grades and be...

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