Everyone in school knows how irritating Bindy Mackenzie is—but is that any reason to kill her?
Everyone in school knows how annoying supersmart, break-the-curve, know-it-all Bindy Mackenzie is. Everyone except Bindy herself. But when Sergio, Astrid, Elizabeth, Briony, Toby, Emily and Finnegan play the Name Game with her in their FAD class, Bindy discovers just exactly what they all think of her-and it isn't very nice. She finds out that she's extremely annoying, has weird hair, talks like a horse, needs to make some big changes, and has a big head about herself. And that discovery is only part of the strange things happening around Bindy that year. She's tired and headachy all the time. She starts making mistakes on assignments, when she's always gotten the top grade in class. She's sick a lot, and all she really wants to do is sleep. And it's all getting worse, not better! Soon she's not even going to class any more. And when her uncle tries to teach her how to drive, she crashes the car into a parked car, and doesn't even try to hit the brakes to stop. How crazy is that? Life gets more and more confusing, until it begins to fall apart. Bindy feels like she's losing pieces of herself, of her life, and there's nothing she can do to stop it. Even when she realizes that the other kids in her FAD class aren't really so awful, and tries to make friends with them, she fails.
It's not until the FAD group goes on a camping trip that Bindy finally confesses how badly her year is going, and the group begins to fit the puzzle pieces together, only to find that those pieces make a very strange and unexpected picture. Can it be that someone is trying to kill Bindy? She has been spending a lot of time eavesdropping lately, and writing transcripts of what she hears. What if she's heard something dangerous, and someone is trying to kill her to keep her from accidently revealing it?
Bindy Mackenzie is annoying, everyone knows that. But that's not something to kill her over, is it?
This booktalk was written by university professor, librarian, and booktalking expert Joni Richards Bodart.