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By (author): Sarah N. Harvey
9781554692521 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Eating Disorders & Body Image North America Mar 01, 2010
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in | 120 gr 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books 2011, Commended
In our beauty-obsessed culture, standing up against the drive to perfection can have some disastrous consequences.

When Jack develops an interest in something, he puts his all into it, making lists, doing research and learning all he can. When his best friend Leah decides to have plastic surgery for her sixteenth birthday, Jack is horrified—and then determined to stop her. Researching the surgery and the results, he finds that there are unscrupulous surgeons operating on the very young, and no one does anything about it. Jack organizes a protest and becomes an instant celebrity. But when someone else takes up the cause and the protest turns violent, Jack is forced to make some tough decisions.

Sarah N. Harvey writes for both children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, French, German and Slovenian. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she works as a children's book editor. For more information, visit

"This is a book every teenager, especially girls, should read. In a time when our society places so much emphasis on appearances, we see teenagers making decisions about their bodies that could have catastrophic outcomes…A very quick and eye-opening read." - Musings of a Book Addict blog

"A fast, funny, and interesting story about what is, perhaps, an unexpected topic for a YA novel: plastic surgery for young adults. Plastic contains interesting information on elective cosmetic surgery, including its potential complications…Recommended." - CM Magazine

"It will provoke rich discussion: besides the ethics of enhancement surgery, Harvey explores differences between siblings' personalities, offers a realistic transsexual character, and gives Jack a chance to work through his relationship with the teenage girl he thinks of as his nongirlfriend. A good addition to collections of contemporary fiction exploring real issues." - Booklist

"In our hyperkinetic, disposable culture, the book Plastic is that rarity: a readable cautionary tale about responsible activism." - CD Syndicated

"Characteristically fast paced and of high interest. Information about both the pros and the cons of plastic surgery is included without detracting from the plot. Plastic does a good job of exploring an important societal issue while telling a timely tale." - School Library Journal

"Will have an adolescent boy hooked…Portrays teens in a positive light by showing readers that they are more than willing to not only help out a friend, but also protest when they feel strongly about something that is unjust. The cover will attract an audience, and the storyline will keep them reading. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

"Coherent and easy to read...This novel would be good for students who want to learn more about plastic surgery, especially those who want to start learning more about the risks." - Resource Links

"This short, quick read has a plausible conclusion and a strong but not beat-you-over-the-head-with-it message." - The Horn Book Guide

"This book was very interesting...[and] relevant to life today." - Tacoma School District #10, Student Reviewer

"138 words for breasts, that's how many Jack knows...what a way to start a YA novel that is sure to appeal to boys!...Harvey [is] able to say a lot about the pros and cons of plastic surgery, while creating a fast-moving and compelling story that will appeal to even the most reluctant readers." - Tri State YA Book Review Committee

"Embedded in this story of teenage friendship is some serious commentary on body image and the ethics of plastic surgery and teenagers...A quick read that definitely has teen appeal." - Washington State Young Adult Review Group

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