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Children's Fiction Bullying

Queen of the Toilet Bowl

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2005
Bullying, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Emigration & Immigration
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2006
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2005
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2005
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


When Renata is chosen to play the lead role in the school musical, students who used to ignore her start saying hello and congratulating her in the hall. She enjoys her newfound acceptance at school until she realizes that Karin, a wealthy girl who expected to get the lead role, will go to great lengths to punish Renata for her success. Renata is not going to give up the role, but how much tormenting will she have to take?

About the author


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

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Excerpt: Queen of the Toilet Bowl (by (author) Frieda Wishinsky)

"Ohmygod! Is that what it said?"
I wondered what they were whispering about. I walked down the hall. Two girls who had been saying hi recently didn't say anything or even look at me. I suddenly felt invisible again.
I knew something was going on but what?
A crowd was milling around the lockers, talking and laughing, but as soon as I showed up, the noise stopped dead.
A few kids coughed. A few others snapped their lockers shut and left. One girl gave me a strange look, as if I had horns growing out of my head.

Editorial Reviews

"The author captures the quicksilver pace of change and delivers an important lesson without making it feel like a preachy moral."


"A great addition to any collection looking for something new to offer its reluctant readers."


"A fast, manageable read, along with relevant age-appropriate themes and an absorbing storyline."

Quill & Quire

"Well-written and authentic...An excellent choice for reluctant readers in middle school."

Washington State Revew Group

"A daring, accessible piece of work."

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