The Throne

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

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.

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