A Step Toward Falling

By MCGOVERN, Cammie

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ISBN
9780062271136
Publisher
HarperCollins Harper


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on September 1, 2015  |  Young Adult

Gr 9 Up—Emily knew when she saw Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being assaulted under the bleachers she needed to intervene, but she froze, and now she's doing community service and trying to figure out how to live with herself. Belinda is attempting to determine how to go forward after rescuing herself. Told in alternating sections of Emily's and Belinda's voices, this book explores how even good people can fail morally. Emily and Lucas (who was also present that night) are wrong,...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2015

Studious Emily and football player Lucas, high schoolers who dwell in different social strata, each witnesses a sexual assault on developmentally disabled schoolmate Belinda, but neither does anything to help. While Belinda recovers from her trauma at home and takes comfort in repeated viewings of the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice, the school assigns Emily and Lucas community service at the Lifelong Learning Center, where they help out in a Boundaries and Relationships class. In the process of modeling social interactions for you...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

After studious Emily and football player Lucas each witnesses a sexual assault on developmentally disabled schoolmate Belinda and d...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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