Monday, July 11, 2016
Johnny's father has recently died and he, his mother, and his younger brother Mojo have moved to a smaller apartment. Johnny struggles with fitting in and gets off on the wrong foot immediately with the school bully. Instead of a normal punishment, a teacher asks the boys to be a part of Swan Lake. But how can dancing and acting like a swan help Johnny with his popularity?
This book is filled with Johnny struggling with his identity, with loss, and with bullying. I often struggle with books about bullying. I work in a school and I hope the bullying is not as bad as is portrayed in this book. There is fighting, skipping school, etc. In the end I liked the book and its message but I still am unsure about whether I would have this in the library - not only for the bullying aspect but due to the highly British nature of the book. Hmmm.