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Responsible

TitleResponsible
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsRyan, Darlene
PublisherOrca Book Publishers
CityVictoria
ISBN Number9781551436852
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Overview: 

Kevin Frasier changes schools often, since his father, a single parent, moves from town to town constantly in search of work. At his latest high school, Kevin falls in with a bad group of teenage bullies and their ring-leader, Nick. The gang manages to intimidate everyone in school except for one teenage girl named Erin. After learning of Nick’s plot to carry Erin off into the woods at night and shave her head, Kevin finds them, saves Erin from being sexually assaulted, and suffers a severe beating at the hands of Nick. Kevin recovers from his injuries and returns to school to find he is still in danger after being labeled a snitch. Forced to start over, Kevin meets Erin at their new school, and they make the first steps towards friendship.

Quotation: 

Dad put down his cup and folded his arms across his chest. "You did what you did because it was the right thing. Not the easy thing. Not the safe thing. And not to get paid."
I wasn't sure I'd done what I'd done because it was the right thing. I'd helped Erin because, in the end, I couldn't not help her. Was that what doing the right thing meant? (87-88)