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Children's Fiction Bullying

The Throne

A Novel

by (author) Beth Goobie

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
May 2013
Bullying, Friendship, Bullying, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2013
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12


2014 High Plains Book Awards finialist

Meredith is determined to make her mark as she starts Grade 10—and claiming the "cool" seat in home room is her first step. But that decision brings her unwanted attention from the school's "kingpin of the underworld" and her new enemy is smart, determined and capable of holding a long-term grudge. Should she just back away? But how will she look at herself in the mirror if she does? With the help of her two best friends, Reb and Dean, she will have to find a way to stand up for herself and survive high school with her dignity intact.

Beth Goobie's new YA novel, The Throne, captures the minutia of high school bullying in chilling detail. Adolescent readers in Grades 8 through 11 will appreciate the regard Goobie pays to threats and power struggles so subtle they might appear absurd to many adults. . .
"This quietly powerful novel may help to play a role in eradicating one of the most pressing social issues facing adolescents."
Highly Recommended.
CM Magazine

"Once again, author Beth Goobie provides pre-teen and teen readers with a compelling story about bullying that features many positive female role models. Meredith's journey of self-discovery is met with an unsatisfying but realistic ending and makes her aware that things are often more complicated than they seem. The Throne is an enjoyable recreational read."
Canadian Children's Book News

About the author

In high school Beth Goobie studied and taught piano, wrote stories, and was the recipient of academic and citizenship awards. She worked for a year as a nanny in Holland, then moved to Winnipeg where she studied English literature at the University of Winnipeg (receiving the gold medal) and religious studies at the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. She has worked for many years with physically and sexually abused children and is concerned with issues surrounding the anger and powerlessness of those under legal age. Addressing these issues in her writing, she has published several novels for young adults, including Born Ugly, Mission Impossible, The Lottery and Before Wings, as well as poems and short stories for an adult audience in anthologies and magazines such as Fiddlehead, Malahat Review and Quarry. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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