Egghead by Caroline PignatEgghead by Caroline Pignat


byCaroline Pignat

Paperback | November 16, 2007

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Will Reid is a gawky kid who wears fake turtlenecks, is obsessed by his ant farm project, and is lousy at gym. In other words, he's the perfect target for Shane, the Grade 9 bully. Katie has been Will's friend in elementary school, but defending him in the high school environment comes at an unforeseen cost - she dreads the rumours that link them in a boyfriend/girlfriend way she's never considered. Devan has been part of Shane's bullyboy team until now, when he comes to realize that it's not so smart to mindlessly back up each nasty attack of Shane's. Together the three young teens are struggling to find their way out of one of the classic dilemmas of life: how not to be a bystander to bullying, how to stand up for your friends, and how to deal with consuming rage.

Young readers will find lots to think about as they turn the pages of this crisp and compelling story by newcomer Caroline Pignat. Each character takes a turn at telling the story -- through the spare blank verse of Will, wrapped up in the world of his single-parent father and his own eccentric preoccupations; through the clear-eyed accounts of Katie, wrestling with her own private demons; and in the sensitive narrative of the slowly awakening Devan, who comes to notice Katie as a spunky, attractive individual whom he'd like to know better but fears thinks he's a goof.

Note that Kids Help Phone's has included Egghead on their site as a book to help kids in their Get Information section under Bullying for Ages 13 and Up.

Caroline Pignat graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies. After working with children and youth for over fifteen years in roles such as teacher, seminar facilitator, mentor and coach, she began her writing career.Caroline Pignat graduated from the Unive...
Title:EggheadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.55 inPublished:November 16, 2007Publisher:Red Deer PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0889953996

ISBN - 13:9780889953994

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hated it. This book is unrealistic and does not provide with an actual account of what bullying is. The characters are all the stereotypical people that the unending bullying awareness classes teach students ex: Will the victim, Devan the bystander, Katie the caring and Shane as the underdeveloped bully. This book lacks all creativity as the story has a antagonist without background or backstory its just this guy is bad. I know people are going to criticize me for that because we learn that he is abused by his step dad. Powerful books contain an antagonist which is interesting and that we can question his motives. To add the events are completely idiotic ex: Will going skiing without lessons, Will's ant farm being destroyed without any teachers lifting a finger the list goes on and on. To sum it up its a bunch of generic characters to which we are supposed to pity, hate and venorate.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Read this for the Forest of Reading club a while back. Remember it being just okay. Interesting to read once- but only once.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOTTALLY LOVED IT I had to do a book talk and eventually pickede this book. I even cried when it said Katies dad had cancer and all that even when will was taped up. I would tottally recommend this book to someone who has wild mind and is ready to take on a ride of friendship,emotional drama and a hint of romance.
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Egghead This book was okay. Not the very best and not the worst. It was abit of a story to tell people the effects of bullying. Also the events sometimes do go by too fast. But other than that it was pretty good. There were some surprises and twists. All and all I liked it and might reccomend it to somepeople.
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Undescribable This has to be the best bullying book ever! This isn't written by some balding man trying to understand teenagers. This isn't a scenario made up by people sitting behind a desk all day but what kids really do and why they do it. Everyone has been one of the three people, victim, bystander, and supporter and all three perspectives. I am starting to think that Corline Pignat isn't the writer but three real teenagers. The Katie and Devan perspectives are great but wills short little scenarios make you see the irony in everything. Please read this no matter who you are.
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book! It was really sad and i felt so bad for "egghead". In the end i guess it ended well. I loved it and i loved how she wrote it from two perspectives! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I would read it again anyday!
Date published: 2009-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story Every parent should ask the children in their family to read this book - or read it to them - a heartwarming and valuable story.
Date published: 2008-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timely, thought provoling As a grandmother of primary school age children, I appreciate that a book like this that deals with the problem of bullying does so in a format that is beautifully written. The poetry is sensitive and finely crafted; the language is age-appropriate. It will stretch the reading muscles of the grades 4 to 6 kids without turning off older readers (like me). Well done Caroline! A note to publishers - sign up this young woman PDQ. She'll be a gold mine for you.
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suprisingly Good Story I started out sceptical about this whole story, I mean an ant farm? Please. But, as I started to read, I realised that the voices of the characters sounded real and the overall emotions of the book didn't seem fake or patheticly overused. So I thought, but then again mayby not, maybe this book is worthwhile. Although the end is a little corny and the ant farm is kinda strange, this book is a great read for anyone who's looking for something good to read. Does that sound repiticious to you?
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Everyone can relate to this story. Can't put it down!! A must have for all ages (not just teens)
Date published: 2007-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and Telling! This book is a great read for young adults and adults alike. What an honest story! Would be a great book for classroom discussions on bullying. I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful I loved this book. Each character became real and alive. I felt I was walking with them throughout their day. You could see the need in each person. This book can be an excellent tool for anyone wanting to start a discussion about bullying. I highly recommend this read for any age, but especially young people. As a Grandparent, I encourage other grandparents to read this book. Thank you Caroline.
Date published: 2007-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I would highly recommend this book for the young teens (and pre-teens) on your Christmas list! This book is written from such an interesting perspective. You can actually get into the head of all the major characters! This is unlike anything else we've read.
Date published: 2007-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Aye Carumba 1EE07 stars
Date published: 2007-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!!! This is a great book. It is a very finely crafted story. I highly recommend it. Although it was written with a teen audience in mind, the craftsmanship shown in its writing makes it a great read no matter what your age.
Date published: 2007-10-01

Editorial Reviews

"Pignat explores the sensitive issue of bullying from three different perspectives, weaving the narratives together to give the reader a sense of plot without overdoing any particular scene. . . At the climax of the story, the bullying escalates to a life-threatening incident, and the impact affects all three of the protagonists. With a sensitive ending that does justice to the characters, the situation, and reality, the issues are supported by Pignat's clear prose and sensitive treatment of the perspectives of three very different characters." Highly Recommended -- "CM Magazine" "Teens will empathize with the characters and see the personality types inherent within themselves or in their schools." -- "School Library Journal" ." . . a sensitive examination of bullying and its psychological roots." -- "Booklist" "The novel is satisfying and provocative, leaving readers with much food for thought. Hopefully more titles are on the horizon from this gifted writer." --" The StarPhoenix" (Saskatoon) ""Egghead" is a sensitive portrayal of the dynamics behind bullying, peer pressure, and search for identity." -- "The Bureau County Republican"