________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 14 . . . . March 7, 2008

cover Outrage. (HIP edge).

Tony Varrato.
Toronto, ON: HIP Books, 2008.
107 pp., pbk., $12.95.
ISBN 978-897039-28-1-4.

Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.

Review by Christina Pike.

**** /4

   
   
cover Outrage Teacher’s Guide.

Lori Jamison.
Toronto, ON: HIP Books, 2008.
20 pp., stapled, $5.95.

Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.

Review by Christina Pike.

**** /4

excerpt:

When the cops arrived, I protested.

Believe me, I protested.

From the minute the cars rolled up with their lights flashing and sirens wailing, I protested. Even before the police were out of their cars, I protested.

They drew their weapons.

I protested, though my aching jaw and fat lips weren’t cooperating. “Hey, you’ve got the wrong guy.”

“Kneel down!”

“You’ve got the wrong guy,” I said louder, but I followed directions well.
“Put your hands up!”

They barked a whole bunch of other things while they checked me for weapons. Then they cuffed me. One cop started lecturing me about something, but I tuned him out. This whole thing was too stupid.

The other cop was inside the store, talking to Riley. The old man had put down the bat and was lying on the floor again. He didn’t look too good.

“You’ve got the wrong guy,” I told them. I knew I sounded stupid, but I couldn’t think of anything else to say. I didn’t do it. What else was there to tell them?

I yelled in pain when the cop pulled me to my feet. My shoulders hurt bad.

I fit in one more, “You’ve got the wrong guy,” before the policeman held my head and pushed me into the back of the car. I wondered if he really wanted to hit me against the car once for fun, just before he threw me in the back.

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.

Highly Recommended.

Christina Pike is the principal of St. Francis School in Harbour Grace, NL.

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