The Rivals by Daisy Whitney

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When Alex Patrick was assaulted by another student last year, her elite boarding school wouldn't do anything about it. This year Alex is head of the Mockingbirds, a secret society of students who police and protect the student body. While she desperately wants to live up to the legacy that's been given to her, she's now dealing with a case unlike any the Mockingbirds have seen before.

It isn't rape. It isn't bullying. It isn't hate speech. A far-reaching prescription drug ring has sprung up, and students are using the drugs to cheat. But how do you try a case with no obvious victim? Especially when the facts don't add up, and each new clue drives a wedge between Alex and the people she loves most: her friends, her boyfriend, and her fellow Mockingbirds.

As Alex unravels the layers of deceit within the school, the administration, and even the student body the Mockingbirds protect, her struggle to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice may reveal more about herself than she ever expected.


About Daisy Whitney

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Daisy Whitney is the author of The Mockingbirds and its sequel, The Rivals. She lives in Marin County with her family and her dog. And the dog always gets the last word.
Published February 6, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 349 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The drug in question is Anderin, a fictitious ADHD medication that works “like steroids for the brain.” The student body votes that cheating is a crime against all students, and Alex and the organization follow a set of contradictory leads.

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Daisy Whitney did something magical with The Rivals – she managed to craft a sequel I loved even more than The Mockingbirds, which was one of my favorite books of 2010.

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With no hope of help from the head of administration, who are too focused on winning a national award for the school, the Mockingbirds, and Alex as their new leader, must find a way to bring justice to Themis.

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