Parents' Guide to

Bad Apple

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

School scandal story for teens is solid at its core.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

This book deals with some pretty heavy subject matter, but the author is able to present it in a way that won't overwhelm readers. They will certainly feel sorry for the misfit girl, but they will also be able to laugh at how absurd high school life can often be (especially when Tola must deal with nerdy boys who throw notes like, "SHOW US YOUR BOOBS!" at her table, and a boring stepfather who talks about his orthodontic patients during dinner).

Readers may get tired of all the references to fairy tales in Tola's storytelling and artwork, but other devices work well. For example, each chapter ends with "comments" from other characters, from Tola's sister to nemesis. These comments help readers piece together what really happened between Tola and her teacher, and also explain why Tola feels so alone in her life.

Book Details

  • Author: Laura Ruby
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: October 6, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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