It Wasn't Me by Dana Alison Levy

It Wasn't Me

The Breakfast Club meets middle school mystery in this story of six very different seventh graders forced together in the aftermath of a vandalism incident.When Theo’s photographs are vandalized and trashed beyond all recognition, there are five kids at the scene: The Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Weirdo, and the Screw-Up.All anyone will say is “It wasn’t me.”Theo doesn’t care who it was, he just wants to stop being the victim. The ...

Details It Wasn't Me

TitleIt Wasn't Me
Release DateNov 13th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews It Wasn't Me

  • Violet Sinclair
    DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of IT WASN’T ME via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review4.5 StarsHOLY FREAKING COWAs mentioned in my RECKLESS CLUB review (, I love THE BREAKFAST CLUB, so when I heard about this book, I instantly requested it. And once I got the acceptance email, I was super excited and immediately started reading it. Let me tell you, my friend, that I flippin’ loved ...
  • Cat
    Fan's of Breakfast Club are going to enjoy this book. Steals quite a bit from the movie, but it's ok, I can handle that nod to a great film. I think middle schoolers through adult fans are going to enjoy this little mystery story Dana Levy nailed it!I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
  • Sandra
    Note: I read this as a free e-ARC from Netgalley. The description of this book is Breakfast Club middle school mystery and that is right on the mark. Six students are brought together during a school break to hopefully find out who has vandalized one of the student's (Theo) art work. Each of the other five affirms each day they were not involved, but all five admit to being in the area. They participate in an activity called a "justice circle." D...
  • Shoshana
    NEW DANA ALISON LEVY BOOKSeriously, this showed up in the mail at work, I grabbed it, started it, finished it. All in the same day. I won't say too much this far from pub date, but this is another win by Levy who, as usual, handles difficult issues with humor, charm, characters who are relateable and easy to become attached to (as well as coming off as full fleshed out), and a deft touch in general. This is definitely the "heaviest" of her books,...
  • Jensen
    I was super excited to read this, as was my twelve-year-old, who has loved all of this author's previous books. It's a very different sort of story - school-based, rather than family-based - from her other books, but with the same humor, heart, and voice. The pitch of "Breakfast Club for MG" is DEAD-ON, so perfect, it made me want to go back and watch The Breakfast Club again. And in addition to the humor and wonderful characters, it brings up a ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from NetgalleyI generally like Levy's work, but I don't know that my students will really get the heavy Breakfast Club references. Also, I couldn't believe that a guidance counselor would be allowed (or want to!) have a group of students in during spring break for a week long justice circle, so it was hard for me to get invested in the concept. I can see this doing well in many libraries, but I think I will pass on purchase for mine.
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Still featuring one of the Fletcher boys—Jax—but told by Theo, whose photos have been vandalized multiple times. One of the teachers at the school decides to do justice circle over spring break to get to the bottom of it. It starts slow, as we have to fully get into the story from six different points of view. Levy does a wonderful job of giving each of these characters a full story. That is the point, that they all learn that even if on the ...
  • Allison
    It Wasn't Me by Dana Alison Levy will draw readers in with the nod to The Breakfast Club and keep them interested with the modern take on dealing with school labels. Like Theo I struggled wanting to know and not know what really happened to his vandalized artwork. Great book that will help readers to "Be kind, for all of us are fighting unseen battles."
  • Kristin Crouch
    Thank you to Dana Alison Levy for providing an ARC to collabookation for review.It Wasn't Me is a Breakfast Club WhoDunIt? And it's amazing. Theo was asked and reluctantly agreed to hang some of his photography in the middle school’s art gallery. Soon after it is hung, it gets cruelly vandalized. Theo may have been able to deal with that, he knows the people he goes to school with, after all. Did he expect any different? But the following day, ...
  • Lorie Barber
    I am a huge fan of The Breakfast Club. My sister and I can recite the entire movie. Just ask my teenager: when I introduced it to her for the first time (a rite of passage, obviously) I ruined it by saying the lines with the characters. So imagine my UTTER EXCITEMENT to see a middle grade book paying homage to the Hughes classic. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, and am grateful to the author and publisher for the ARC.I read It Wasn’t Me...
  • Katie Reilley
    Think The Breakfast Club meets middle school. Theo’s self-portrait artwork has been vandalized, and he (along with 5 suspects) have to meet daily over winter break to talk about what happened. Good book for MG readers as it addresses the assumptions and judgements they so often make and fall victim to at this age. Good information about Restorative Justice, too!
  • Sarah
    This had me hooked from the start! A teacher holds daily sessions with a group of middle schoolers in order to implement "restorative justice" in hopes that one of them will confess to a bullying incident and that they'll all be able to put this behind them. This would make a good follow-up suggestion for students who like Jackie Woodson's Harbor Me.
  • Lisa Lewis
    Wow. This book is everything. After Theo’s artwork is ruined at school, a counselor decides to use Restorative Justice. I loved how The Breakfast Club helped to inspire this novel. If you teach middle school, this book is a must.
  • Maryann
    Review forthcoming in School Library Journal!
  • Carol
    Please see my review at under C. Wong. Thank you.
  • Dilip Chauhan
    When i started this book i had ZERO EXPECTATIONS . but what a book it was!!!Solid 4 Star rating.This book!! every parents should read it and ask the kids to read it. It's a simple but eyeopening book. which pinpoint's the Bullying, be it at school or at home or at anywhere.So the story is Theo in who's point of view story has been told, becomes victim of school bullying, there are five kids at the scene: The Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Weir...
  • Leonard Kim
    Listened to audiobook. I am not sure I should have rated this lower than Harbor Me, since honestly I think I may have found it more engaging. I do think both books demonstrate the pitfalls of the Breakfast Club conceit and the artificial limits it places on the characters and plot (though maybe John David Anderson could take a crack at it.)
  • Sharon
    4.5 stars, 5/6th&upSuch a fun (and topical) remake of Breakfast Club! Theo's school photography display has been destroyed in an attack that feels quite personal, and no one is admitting to anything. In order to try and discover what happened and why, a teacher gathers Theo and five student suspects together for a week long justice circle meant to reveal the truth and heal the underlying damage that caused & resulted from the incident. Yeah...The...
  • Shauna Yusko
    What I wanted Harbor Me to actually be.
  • Jamie
    I really liked this! An overt homage to the Breakfast Club with a middle grade slant, this book centers around 6 kids embroiled in an act of vandalism who have to spend a week in non-really-detention to get to the bottom of who was the perpetrator(s). Not all of the threads are resolved - since it’s first person from the perspective of the kid whose artwork is vandalized, we don’t get enough answers to some of the problems the other kids have...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Levy, Dana Alison. It Wasn't Me. Delacorte Press, 2018.Theo's photography project is vandalized, and no one saw anything. There are five students who were in the vicinity at the time, and they all claim they didn't do it. During a week of school break, the five students and Theo participate in a "justice circle" at school to discover who ruined Theo's work and why; during this time they learn more about each other than they do about the incident....
  • Rachel Seigel
    this is such a wonderful book for tweens about looking beyond the labels and realizing that there is always more to the story than meets the eye. I highly recommend this for middle schoolers.
  • Laurie
    Imagine you are the vicim of bullying not once, not twice, but three times. If that were the case, would you want to go and sit in a room with the people suspected of the bullying you, and to top it off, it is during your spring break? This is exactly what is happening to Theo. Theo is a photographer and when his pictures are on display in the high school gallery, they are vandalized with some not so nice words written on them. Next, his negative...
  • Erica
    The best, funniest, most meaningful one yet!
  • Tasha
    When Theo’s photographs are vandalized at school, he and five other seventh graders spend their spring break doing a Justice Circle. Theo is angry that he has to spend time with the people who may have ruined his photos but also scared that that person targeted him enough to also spoil his pinpoint camera project the next day. But as the Justice Circle works, the five of them discover ways to make new connections: sock puppets, yoga-ball soccer...
  • Nannette Demmler
    ARC provided by Random House Children’s via NetGalley for an honest review. This book does start off a little slow, but once you get into it, it becomes quite the delightful read. All of the characters are pretty well fleshed out, have authentic voices and were fun to spend time with. The Breakfast Club references may be missed by many middle schoolers, but this story will still resonate with many. The bulk of the book is told through Theo’s ...
  • Jennifer
    I will admit that I approached this book cautiously because the cover reminded me of "One of Us is Lying" (my favourite book of 2017) and I didn't want to read another poor retelling (there are a lot out there, unfortunately). But as soon as I finished the first chapter, I was sucked in and I read the entire thing in one night, when I was supposed to be studying for an accounting exam. Oops.This book was fabulous! I can't tell you how much I love...
  • Valerie McEnroe
    As everyone knows by now, this is a remake of the Breakfast Club. Some of you will be incredibly annoyed by that and some of you will be thrilled as you relive the best movie from the 80s. I'm in the second category. It's got the BC framework. Theo's photography is vandalized. Five kids were there when it happened. Instead of suspending them for something they may or may not have been involved in, the guidance counselor convinces the assistant pr...
  • Jennifer
    A middle-grade version of "The Breakfast Club," but this time with a touch of mystery, appearances by likable and responsible adults, discussions about restorative vs. punitive justice, and an overall message of kindness. Plus, it's darn funny in spots and touching in others. What's not to love?Molly, Jax, Andre, Alice, and Erik are stuck at school during the spring vacation because they are all suspected of vandalizing fellow student Theo's artw...
  • Jennifer
    Mysteries tend to capture my attention, and this book was no different, especially since everyone seemed guilty. The book is about Theo, who's photos were vandalized twice at school. The principal agrees to let a teacher try a Justice Circle over a week-long school break to find out what happened instead of automatically suspending everyone who may have been involved. The book takes place during the time spent in the Justice Circle. Each day of t...