Some schools have honor codes. Others have handbooks. Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.
Last year, Alex was date raped. Her elite boarding school, however, wouldn't do anything about it. This year, Alex is head of The Mockingbirds, an underground student-run justice system, a group meant to be there for the students in a way that the administration never is. A group meant to help those who need it most.
This year's case is unlike any seen before: a prescription drug ring has sprung up, and kids are using the drugs to cheat. Alex is desperate to do a good job, to help others in the way that the Mockingbirds helped her last year. But this isn't rape, or bullying, or hate speech. How do you try a case with no obvious victim? As Alex struggles to navigate the murky waters of vigilante justice, she may find that though it may be Themis's only choice, it is never a good one. And she'll have to wander over the moral line before she can come back and fight for what is right.
Praise for The Mockingbirds:
* "First-time author Whitney boldly addresses date rape, vigilantism, and academic politics in an intense and timely novel... Besides showing skill in executing suspense and drama, Whitney masterfully evokes the complexity of her protagonist's emotions, particularly her intense longing to feel 'normal' again."
Publishers Weekly (Starred review)
"[Whitney] writes with smooth assurance and a propulsive rhythm as she follows Alex through the Mockingbird's trial process and its accompanying emotional storm of confusion, shame, fear, and finally, empowerment. Authentic and illuminating, this strong debut explores vital teen topics of sex and violence; crime and punishment; ineffectual authority; and the immeasurable, healing influence of friendship and love."
Daisy Whitney reports on television, media and advertising for a range of news outlets. She graduated from Brown University and lives in San Francisco, California, with her fabulous husband, fantastic kids, and adorable dogs. Daisy believes in karma and that nearly every outfit is improved with a splash of color. She is the author of The Mockingbirds novels and StarryNights. Daisy invites you to follow her online at DaisyWhitney.com.