"Every reader will find some piece of themselves in Levy's sharp, humorous, and heartfelt novel. A twisty mystery with quirky, unforgettable characters and a positive message to boot."
JOHN DAVID ANDERSON, the critically acclaimed author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day and Posted

The Breakfast Club meets middle school with a prank twist in this hilarious and heartwarming story about six very different seventh graders who are forced to band together after a vandalism incident.


When Theo's photography project is mysteriously vandalized at school there are five suspected students who all say "it wasn't me."

Theo just wants to forget about the humiliating incident but his favorite teacher is determined to get to the bottom of it and has the six of them come into school over vacation to talk. She calls it "Justice Circle." The six students—the Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Screw Up, the Weirdo, and the Nobody—think of it as detention. AKA their worst nightmare.

That is until they realize they might get along after all, despite their differences. But what is everyone hiding and will school ever be the same?

*PW Best Books *Winter Kids' Indie Next List * JLG selection * Three starred reviews


"What at first seems like a novel solely about bullying becomes a story about six kids who find their way to true friendship and fierce loyalty, and why restorative justice is worth the time and effort it takes." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A timely, introspective whodunit with a lot of heart." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Levy writes in an easy style with laugh-out-loud humor, offering characters that slowly reveal deeper complexity." —School Library Journal, starred review



Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on November 13, 2018 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1524766437
ISBN-13: 9781524766436
3 Book Reviews
  • roxanne3
    roxanne3almost 2 years44 stars
    I also had to read this for BOTB and honestly, it might have been my favorite of the 10. It was kind of easy to predict, but at the same time the story was really interesting and so I never really had time to think about how it might end, just about what was going on in the moment. It definitely reminds me of a lot of people I know, and I could actually see little pieces of myself in all the characters. I think it was pretty good!!
    • sirireads
      sirireadsover 2 years55 stars
      This book was not at ALL what I expected, but it was good. I read this book for BOTB, and totally judged it by it's cover (which I am not a big fan of...) but I actually enjoyed it. It was suspenseful, riveting, and most importantly, had a happy ending. TTFN, sirireads
      • mkreads
        mkreadsabout 3 years55 stars
        This book is AMAZING. I don't know how else to put it. The narrator reminded me of myself, and the whole time i was thinking, WOW. They pinned school PERFECTLY.