Author Judy Irwin's books are about kids dealing with everyday stuff, like parents and divorce, friendships and bullies, and figuring out how to handle different situations and circumstances. She lives in Toronto with a dog, a cat, and a hamster, plus her husband and two children, ages 11 and 14.
She's written three books so far. In the first, called 'What Did You Say?', 12-year-old Tash and her mom are spending a month at a trailer park up north, right after Tash's parents divorce. This is where Tash first meets Luke, Jon and Polly.
'We're Done' is about 13-year-old Luke, who gets kicked out of his private school and loses his best friend over an act of bullying. Tash and Jon, from the first book, are also characters in this one.
'What's It To You?' is about 13-year-old Tim, who first appears as Luke's classmate in 'We're Done'. Tim has to decide if his new friendship with Harrison (also from 'We're Done') is right for him.
For Judy, the middle school years are especially interesting since they can be some of the most challenging for kids. It's a time when kids are faced with new issues, and bigger problems, than many have experienced before. As they figure out how they feel, and decide how to respond, they're also figuring out who they are, and shaping the nature of the person they will grow into.
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What's It To You?
What if nothing was the worst thing you could do? For 13-year old Tim Stockdale, it's all about fitting in at his new school. His older brother, Eli, is the brave one - he's trying to set up a Gay-Straight Alliance at his own high school. When Eli gets hurt in a protest, and Tim's new friends bully a kid they think is gay, Tim's torn. Will he figure out what's really worth standing up for?
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What if it turns out that YOU'RE the bully - and you didn't know it? Life's been good for 13-year-old Luke, so far. But things start to fall apart, six weeks into 8th grade, when Luke commits an act of 'goofing around' that ends up costing him his best friend and his beloved private school. Can he recover from losing his school, and his best friend, and find a way to fit in at Carlyle?
What Did You Say?
What if absolutely nothing is turning out right? It's the summer after 7th grade, and for 12-year-old Tash, everything has changed, from parents to friends to summer vacation. Her parents have just gotten divorced, and Tash and her mom are spending July at a trailer up north. Will Tash be able to learn how to accept people and things for what they are, instead of what she wants them to be?
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