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Fat, clumsy Simon Glass is a nerd, a loser who occupies the lowest rung on the high school social ladder. Everyone picks on him -- until Rob Haynes shows up. Rob, a transfer student with charisma to spare, immediately becomes the undisputed leader of the senior class. And he has plans for Simon.
Rob enlists the help of his crew -- wealthy, intellectual Young, ladies' man Bob, and sweet, athletic Coop -- in a mission: Turn sniveling Simon from total freak to would-be prom king.
But as Simon rises to the top of the social ranks, he shows a new confidence and a devious side that power-hungry Rob did not anticipate. And when Simon uncovers a dangerous secret, events darken. The result is disquieting, bone-chilling...and brutal.
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- Simon Pulse |
- 224 pages |
- ISBN 9780689858000 |
- September 2003 |
- Grades 7 and up
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Reading Group Guide
By Gail Giles
About the Book
Simon Glass was easy to hate. I never knew exactly why, there was too much to pick from. I guess, really, we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn’t realize it until the day we killed him.
Fat, clumsy Simon was a dweeb, there was no doubt about it, with his pocket protector jammed with pens, his shirt tucked into his underwear, and his irritating habit of swiping at his nose. Everybody made him the butt of their jokes, especially Lance, who had been head guy at Brazos Vale High School until Rob showed up. But now Rob is the leader, along with his posse—rich and intellectual Young, good-looking Bob, and sweet dumb Coop, the star linebacker. Rob has a deep need to prove his power, and so when he enlists the three of them in the seemingly impossible job of Making Simon Popular, they all get involved in the transformation. They take him to the mall for the right clothes and a hair styling; they teach him how to act. Soon the whole school is noticing that being nice to Simon is the way to get close to Rob.
But then the project—and the book—turns dark, as Simon begins to show a devious side, a talent for hacking into the school computer, and a tendency to do what the others can’t—defy Rob. Each of the other three are held in bondage by “something missing,” a hidden em see more