By Beth Goobie Red Deer Press, 281pages. $13 MEREDITH Polk comes to her first day of Grade 10 with a special objective: to claim the homeroom seat behind the drums as her special place. Unfortunately, it turns out that Seymour Molyneux, the undisputed gang leader in the school, has the same ambition. When Meredith won’t give up her spot, Seymour begins a campaign of relentless bullying, starting with minor incidents and building to more serious intimidation. Meredith has to decide if refusing to give in is worth the battle. Goobie shows how destructive bullying can result from a seemingly innocuous act. Her young adult novels almost always feature outsiders who learn to stand on their own. A former Winnipeg resident, she now lives in Saskatoon.