It Wasn't Me

6 CDs. 7:31 hrs. Listening Library. Nov. 2018. ISBN 9780525634539. $50. digital download.
Gr 3–7—Photographer Theo, overachieving popular girl Molly, death-metal drummer Andre, basketball jock Eric, hipster screw-up Jax, and goth Alice, who is obsessed with special effects, are gathered together to figure out who vandalized Theo's photographs. Their teacher believes in restorative justice, so the seventh graders are spending their school break talking and learning to break down the stereotypes they have held about one another. Through the sensitive narration of Robbie Daymond they come to life, especially Theo. An ensemble cast voices the other characters. With its nod to The Breakfast Club, but for middle graders, this should be a hit for students and their parents.
VERDICT Recommended for those who have enjoyed Avi's Nothing But the Truth, and John David Anderson's Posted.

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