*Trigger warning for The Mockingbirds*
Whitney, D. (2012). The mockingbirds. New York, NY: Little, Brown Young Readers. ISBN-13: 978-0316090544. Paperback. $5.39.
Annotation: Nothing bad ever happens at Themis Academy, until it does and then people like Alex have to find a way to survive on their own. The Mockingbirds are students protecting students, but after Alex is date raped, will she be able to trust her classmates to protect her?
The mockingbirds are the student secret at Themis Academy. When something bad happens and students don’t feel safe going to the authorities or the authorities don’t take crimes seriously, the Mockingbirds step in. That’s what happens to Alex when she is date raped by a popular athlete at school. Alex would like to pretend that night never happened, she doesn’t want to go to the authorities. Did she really say no? She can’t remember. Can she prove it? She should just forget, but she can’t. Alex discovers her attack isn’t just about her, it’s about the others too. The girls that were hurt before her and ones who could be hurt if she doesn’t say anything. In the end, Alex decides she needs justice for what’s been done to her and that’s when the Mockingbirds step in.
The Mockingbirds was an extremely well written novel, which is now a part of a inter-connected series. I think it’s right up there with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, but for older teens because Alex is older. Some people may shy away from this book, and I think that’s exactly why it needs to be read.
Awards: Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel (2010), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2010)
Here is the official book trailer for The Mockingbirds. It seems cut-off, but I can’t seem to find a full version…