Book Reviews

Zero Tolerance by Claudia Mills



Seventh-grader Sierra Shepard has always been the perfect student, so when she sees that she accidentally brought her mother’s lunch bag to school, including a paring knife, she immediately turns in the knife at the school office. Much to her surprise, her beloved principal places her in in-school suspension and sets a hearing for her expulsion, citing the school’s ironclad no-weapons policy. While there, Sierra spends time with Luke, a boy who’s known as a troublemaker, and discovers that he’s not the person she assumed he would be–and that the lines between good and bad aren’t as clear as she once thought.

My Review:

I’ve read four of the Virginia Readers’ Choice books so far (there are ten total this year) and Zero Tolerance is my second favorite. I’m a middle school librarian and this was the funnest VA Readers’ Choice book talk I gave. I told the students “Sierra pulls out an apple from the lunch bag, then she pulls out a sandwich, then she pulls out some chips…then she pulls out a knife!” The students’ eyes grow wide after I say that. Of the ten books, this one is checked out of our library more than any other. It’s a quick, entertaining read that I’d recommend for any middle school student.



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