4 out of 4 stars
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In this episode, The God Squad - Mission Him-Possible II: The Giant Slayers by Darlene Laney, a group of six girls exemplify the values of focus, determination, and loyalty in their chosen role as peer mentors at Carvers Prep. Earlier, though, Angel and Eve’s fallout had threatened to split the group apart. As the oldest members in the group, Angel and Eve’s behavior had caused the girls to stop meeting daily for lunch for the past one week. This had then compelled Ms. Foster, the school counselor, to summon the squad to her “reckoning room” to work things out.
To the girls, it seemed as though Angel had relapsed to the bad attitude she had when she joined the God Squad for the first time. They thought that it was even worse that she acted up in front of Taylor Williams, the girl who the God Squad was trying to help. In her defense, even so, Angel told the group that her anger was instigated by Ms. Mallard, the school principal, who stood them up. And the straw that broke the camel’s back, as far as she was concerned, was when Eve showed up late for the prearranged meeting accompanied by a boy.
I liked this novel because it dealt with the problem of bullying amongst adolescents effectively. Through the story of Taylor Williams, Laney illustrated how a perpetrator of bullying could end up being a victim herself. And due to the victim’s history, it could then be a challenge for her to seek redress from the school administrators because of credibility issues. Nevertheless, I was moved by how the school counselor, through her peer mentors, was able to professionally defuse the problem.
Besides, Laney demonstrated how some victims of bullying blamed themselves for the situation in which they found themselves, while others were not even aware of the problem. I was also excited by the plot twist where a peer mentor was tormented by her past unresolved bullying problem when she was assigned a case. It was then a race against time to witness how her fellow peer mentors helped her while, at the same time, addressing the assigned case.
On the other hand, I didn’t find anything dislikeable about this book. It’s also worth noting that the few editing errors in the book aren’t enough to affect its rating. I, thus, rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
Lastly, this book is best suited for students in grades six and up. I found this helpful because I thought students should learn about the negative effects of bullying early in life. At the same time, it may be less suited for those who aren’t religiously inclined due to a few references to biblical passages.
The God Squad - Mission Him-Possible II
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