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. Volume XIV Number 14 . . . . March 7, 2008
Outrage tells the story of 17-year-old Connor Mullins, a senior at Edgemont High. Connor begins his day in a fight with another student and ends up suspended. After his father drops him off at home, Connor gets bored and hungry and decides to leave the house. He runs into Shawn, the guy he had fought with earlier, and they finish their fight. Exhausted, both boys part ways, and Connor goes into a Corner store a moment before it is robbed. When Connor is hit from behind, his drink spills, but, on video, it looks as if Connor is in on the robbery. When the police arrive, he is arrested. During the remainder of the book, Connor is trying to clear his name with the help of his now friend, Shawn.
Outrage captures adolescent interest. The vocabulary is suited to its intended audience as is its fast pace. Varrato has created a story that, from its opening line, hooks its readers as they are drawn into Connor’s life. The character of Connor is also believable as the “Why me?” guy who seems to find trouble, no matter what.
A Teacher's Guide also provides support in this novel study. Chapter synopsis and guiding questions are also developed to guide the students in their novel study. A teacher could easily use this guide as an accompaniment for the novel study.
Christina Pike is the principal of St. Francis School in Harbour Grace, NL.
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