Pub Date 01 Aug 2017
All Andy can think about is getting a chance to make the national swim team. He practises constantly to get his swim time down and he's saving money to pay the competition fees by working part-time at a comic book store. When a video of him flutterboard surfing makes him famous online, he uses the opportunity to crowdfund his trip to nationals.
But all that attention turns bad when he is convinced to prank a promising female swimmer on camera. Suddenly, Andy gets banned from the nationals, gets kicked off his swim team and loses his part-time job. Threats and negative comments force him to unplug completely. With the help of a friend, he finally comes up with way to apologize, acknowledge his stupidity and try to get his life and good name back.
Canadian reviewers: please note that this book is available in paperback,
9781459411425 $12.95 CAD.
"...an intense, fast-paced story about the less attractive aspects of jock culture and how they can play out on social media … Written in clear, simple sentences with an emphasis on plot development, Trolled is a timely reminder that it is never acceptable to mock or belittle others, online or in real life."
—Roseanne Gauthier, Youth Services Librarian for The National Reading Campaign
"Trolled is an important story in the current climate where cyber bullying is commonplace, anonymity allows people to say anything, and punishment often will far exceed the perceived crime... By using social media as a story tool, Sandor graphically illustrates what the effects of ‘going viral’ can mean. It is also very telling of how social media can be used so quickly and cruelly to shame people and the devastating ripple effect it can have. Sandor has created a story that is current and relatable for readers... Highly Recommended."
—Libby McKeever, Librarian for CM Magazine