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  • Hardcover: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (25 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375856846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375856846
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,427,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 16 novels including Pay it Forward (which was made into a feature film starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt), Love in the Present Tense (a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller), Chasing Windmills, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, The Hardest Part of Love, Don't Let Me Go, and the forthcoming When You Were Older.

For more information on Catherine Ryan Hyde and her books, see her website at www.catherineryanhyde.com And while you're there, click on "Contact Me" and drop a line to the author, who loves to hear from readers!

Catherine lives in a very small town in California.

She also writes Young Adult novels that are completely suitable for grown-ups, and which her adult readers tend to enjoy as well. They include Becoming Chloe, The Year of my Miraculous Reappearance, The Day I Killed James, Diary of a Witness, and Jumpstart the World.

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By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2013
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This was an absolutely brilliant, compelling story. Aimed at young adults, it is a story set in California and tells about an extraordinary friendship between two boys who are both horribly victimised for no other reason that they're not `in' with the in-crowd. Ernie is grossly overweight but trying to do something about it, and Will is thin, spotty and plain unattractive. The boys stick together through thick and thin, doing the sensible thing and trying to ignore their tormentors, protecting each other whenever they can and trying to fit in. When a terrible accident occurs and Will's life is made even more chaotic than usual it seems the gang of five bullies will show no mercy and set out to hunt down the two unpopular boys.

Will feels he is out of options and this story goes on to show how he deals with his despair. Ernie tries his very best to help his only friend. He understands his position all too well. When matters turn violent the two boys have very different ways of coping and they both make a final decision: a decision that changes their lives forever.

This story is heartbreaking with hugely sympathetic characters. It is written as Ernie's journal, cataloguing events as they happen. He bears his heart and soul, hiding away his journal so that his innermost and most tormented thoughts are kept totally for himself. He is such a well-grounded and thoughtful young man. Issues of bullying are really well described and the shining light within this novel is how it ends. I really loved it.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jan. 2010
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Ernie lives with his mother. She loves him dearly and provides well for him, but practically every day is a living nightmare for Ernie. He's a loner, interested in videos games and not sports, and at about 100 pounds overweight, he's the object of ridicule from his fellow classmates.

For Ernie school days are torture. Teachers seem to turn a blind eye when he is made the butt of every joke. There are five jocks that have made Ernie their special target. In the hallway between classes and in the locker room before and after gym, they tease and taunt and play endless pranks. When opportunities arise to report the pranksters, Ernie always senses that if he does complain his tormentors will only find ways to make his life more miserable.

Ernie does have one friend. His name is Will, and he constantly promises that he has Ernie's back. Will is skinny and suffers from chronic acne, which makes him another frequent target for the jocks. Since his mother left, he and his younger brother have lived with a father more interested in finding his next beer than in raising his two sons. Together, Ernie and Will help each other through the agonizing world of their small town high school.

After a fishing trip that ends in tragedy, the teasing and taunting of the two teens increases. The attacks are more deliberate and result in potentially dangerous injuries. Ernie can't bring himself to discuss the problem with his mother, but he finds some comfort and release in writing about the incidents in a journal given to him by his uncle. Will, now living with his mother since the fateful fishing trip, reacts in more negative ways that have Ernie worrying about Will's sanity and safety.

DIARY OF A WITNESS addresses the growing problem of bullying in today's society.
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This book is so alive I'm surprised it doesn't jump out your hand while you're reading it. It's also itimate and personal. Although aimed at teens, I'd say its also fine for adults. As usual Catherine Ryan Hyde writes from the heart - where better?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great teen read -- for guys as well as girls 25 Aug. 2009
By Cathe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ernie, the narrator, is an overweight teen and the target of school jocks. He spends his days at high school trying to stay out of their way. His friend Will, on other hand, seems to go out of his way to antagonize the bullies. To make matters worse, Will is having serious problems at home -- his brother dies on a fishing trip and his death was partially caused by Will's actions. As Will sinks into depression and then rage, Ernie has to make some tough choices.

I'm always happy to find a YA from a boy's point of view because it seems most are centered around girls and issues girls can relate to. This is well written and moves fast with lots of suspense. Both guys and girls will relate to the dynamics of school, bullies, and friendship. There is no sex or language so it's appropriate for younger teens. Great book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Striking and authentic 17 Dec. 2009
By The Compulsive Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ernie and his friend Will are outcasts at their school, teased mercilessly every day for being different and for Ernie, overweight. They have each other, so they manage to endure it, but Will especially hates those that torment them. Then, when Will's younger brother dies tragically, he is plagued with guilt and anger. Suddenly, it's not as easy to shrug off the teasing, and Ernie is left to observe as Will cracks and desperately tries to fight back the only way he knows how.

This strikingly realistic book is told in journal-format from Ernie's perspective. It's descriptive in all of the appropriate areas, but otherwise is blunt, concise, and to the point. Ernie's conversational tone makes the story easy to read and become invested into the story, even for reluctant readers. The male point of view is done well, and it makes you quite sympathetic towards Ernie. His struggles with bullying and losing weight, despite the opposition he faces at home, and his confusion at how to help Will, and his happy moments are all very authentic and heart-wrenching, especially as Will gets into more and more trouble despite Ernie's attempts at helping him. This book has been compared to Jennifer Brown's Hate List, but it is different in the fact that Hyde focuses more on what exactly would drive a teen to the breaking point and how what others might consider teasing and simple joking could have such an intense and damaging effect on someone. Diary of a Witness is yet another excellent, attention-grabbing read from Catherine Ryan Hyde.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bullies 18 Nov. 2010
By imaloserdude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
How do you deal with bullies who make every day at school a nightmare, especially when you're very, very fat? Obese.

How do you deal with bullies who target you for fun, especially when you are overly thin and have horrible acne? Ugly.

Ernie and Will live in fear each day, forced to go to high school, but not enjoying it. Teachers don't seem to notice the bullying, are unable to prevent it, and do little when it becomes obvious. Classmates laugh when the bullies make fun of and trip and torment these two boys. It's a sad, confusing world found in most American high schools, one we wish didn't exist, but all kids must go through to reach adulthood.

Hyde did an excellent job of appealing to a wide audience of male readers, posing opposites throughout. A child raised by their single mother and one raised by a single father. A boy who loves to fish in the ocean and one who enjoys fresh-water fishing. A boy with a little brother he hates and an only child. A fat kid and a skinny kid. A boy who speaks his mind and one who never says anything.

But the bullying leads from fear to anger, and friendship is tested as one must make a decision. Do I intervene? How? Read this book and find out...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
thought provoking 5 Dec. 2010
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
i loved this book i would recommend it to anybody, you know besides younger kids. It really makes you think about situations that can really get to you,it also made a clear image in my mind about what i would do if someone was being put through something like this, i had to pause sometimes just to think about it.it has alot to do with sacrafises and whats right. i also kept thinking will just do this, ernie just do that, I love this book, i frankly think middle schoolers and highschoolers can learn alot from it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too 13 Jan. 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gold Star Award Winner!

Ernie lives with his mother. She loves him dearly and provides well for him, but practically every day is a living nightmare for Ernie. He's a loner, interested in videos games and not sports, and at about 100 pounds overweight, he's the object of ridicule from his fellow classmates.

For Ernie school days are torture. Teachers seem to turn a blind eye when he is made the butt of every joke. There are five jocks that have made Ernie their special target. In the hallway between classes and in the locker room before and after gym, they tease and taunt and play endless pranks. When opportunities arise to report the pranksters, Ernie always senses that if he does complain his tormentors will only find ways to make his life more miserable.

Ernie does have one friend. His name is Will, and he constantly promises that he has Ernie's back. Will is skinny and suffers from chronic acne, which makes him another frequent target for the jocks. Since his mother left, he and his younger brother have lived with a father more interested in finding his next beer than in raising his two sons. Together, Ernie and Will help each other through the agonizing world of their small town high school.

After a fishing trip that ends in tragedy, the teasing and taunting of the two teens increases. The attacks are more deliberate and result in potentially dangerous injuries. Ernie can't bring himself to discuss the problem with his mother, but he finds some comfort and release in writing about the incidents in a journal given to him by his uncle. Will, now living with his mother since the fateful fishing trip, reacts in more negative ways that have Ernie worrying about Will's sanity and safety.

DIARY OF A WITNESS addresses the growing problem of bullying in today's society. Catherine Ryan Hyde takes readers into the lives of two teens facing bullying on a daily basis. As with many victims of this increasing problem, they feel helpless to change their situations, which make them even more vulnerable to the vicious verbal and physical attacks. This emotionally charged novel will hopefully make readers take notice of and become more active in the prevention of the bullying behavior they witness in their communities.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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