Publication date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Ever been punished for doing the right thing? That is what happened to seventh grader Sierra Shepherd who in an attempted to do the right thing she got herself suspended and is now on the bridge of expulsion.
Now the whole thing is getting bigger and she is discovering who is really by her side, how adults can change from looking at her from model student to most wanted and just how far will people go when pushed.
Zero Tolerance is a great book it makes people think about actions and consequences put in a more ordinary scenario. As the story progresses we get little lessons that just enrich the story.
The author does a great job balancing Sierra out; yes Sierra is a good girl and as the story progresses she is tested by her actions and her parents actions. We get a deeper feel of some of the secondary characters like Sierra’s parents and her in school suspension mate Luke, so don’t worry about the story lacking because of the secondary characters.
I feel that this story isn’t limited to middle grade, this is a story that can be enjoyed by everyone it has layers and lessons to be thought.
This story is great for parents and kids to discuss and the chapters aren’t too long that children that aren’t used to reading will not feel like they aren’t doing any progress at all.
This was a day read for me and it made me think about the Zero Tolerance’s out there, I love how the cover lines up with the story and the how it got me thinking about all these different subjects from different characters from the adult side and the kids side where I don’t feel that anyone of them gets discriminated or the message they are trying to get across is lost because of their age.