Parkland Middle School is a place the students call Darkland, because no one in it does much to stop the daily harassment of kids by other kids. Three bullied seventh graders use their smarts to get the better of their tormentors by starting an unofficial email forum at school, in which they publicize their experiences. Unexpectedly, lots of other kids come forward to confess their similar troubles, and it becomes clear that the problem at their school is bigger than anyone knew.
The school principal wants to clamp down on the operation, which she does when the trio, in their zealousness for revenge, libel a fellow student in what turns out to have been a setup. Now a new plan of attack is needed.
This suspenseful story of computer-era underground rebellion offers fresh perspectives on some of the most enduring themes in fiction for young listeners.
"The novel is effective and will fascinate even reluctant readers." (School Library Journal)
"Wilhelm takes a fresh path down some well-trodden territory in this book about bullying....Readers will identify with many of the elements Russell talks about in his earnest first-person narrative: the impotent anger; ineffectual parents; obtuse teachers who smile at the wrong kids." (Booklist)
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