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The Mockingbirds - Daisy Whitney The author of The Mockingbirds, Daisy Whitney, states that she was date-raped in college. Perhaps that is why the main character's feelings and actions in The Mockingbirds ring so true--the author experienced those feelings herself.

Publisher information: Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis way. So when Alex is date-raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of the student body.

In this account of a teenage girl's search for her voice and the courage to use it, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that standing up for someone, especially yourself, is worth the fight.

Alex, the main character, has complex issues regarding the date-rape. There is the shame, of course. But also, she experiences feelings of guilt because she was drunk--does that make it partly her fault? She has problems remembering the incident, and bits and pieces of memory come back when she is doing her favorite activity--playing the piano.

What is very real in this novel is how the main character, Alex, is a complex character. In spite of her date-rape, she is able to work on a budding romance.

The characters are well drawn and the plot is complex enough to keep the reader interested. Some readers might find it difficult to relate to life at a private boarding school as the way of life and some of the boarding-school issues are very far removed from life at a public high school.

Due out on November 2, 2010, this is a book that will invite discussion about serious topics. It would be a great mother-daughter book club choice or for a high school book group.