It Wasn't Me

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 does The Breakfast Club meets middle school mystery in this story of six very different seventh graders forced...

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Author:Dana Alison Levy
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Dana Levy Hey there! Author Dana here, and I will just say that my book IT WASN'T ME is intended for younger reader's than Karen's fabulous book. IT WASN'T ME…moreHey there! Author Dana here, and I will just say that my book IT WASN'T ME is intended for younger reader's than Karen's fabulous book. IT WASN'T ME is about a group of seventh graders, and is considered a Middle Grade novel, not Young Adult (so for 9-14-year-olds, rather than older teens). Both of our books -- and many others -- give a nod to the classic teen movie from the 80s, The Breakfast Club, but other than that they are not connected.
As for the covers...both Karen and I are published by the same publisher, Delacorte Press, and I think they liked her cover so much they took inspiration for my book! (Authors don't get to design or choose their covers, so it was a surprise to me when I first saw it).
Anyway, hope that answers the question. Happy reading!
Dana Levy Hey Callie! This book was a pretty quick one to write. (Not all books are...I have one coming out in 2020 that took over five years!) But it took me…moreHey Callie! This book was a pretty quick one to write. (Not all books are...I have one coming out in 2020 that took over five years!) But it took me two or three months to write the first draft of It Wasn't Me. The first draft is only the beginning, though. Once I've finished a first draft it goes through many rounds of revision, first by myself, then with my editor. So that's another six months or so! Then of course, the process of turning it into a book (design, copy-editing, production, etc.,) takes longer again. In some ways, writing the story is the quickest part. Hope this answers your question.
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  • Destinee Sutton
    Apr 03, 2019
    Not a quick read for me, but I think the ending was worth it. Here are some takeaways: 1. I think this succeeds in its attempt to reinterpret themes from The Breakfast Club for a younger audience. The point is to see past the labels we put on people. To know that everyone is fighti...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Jul 25, 2018
    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 f...
  • Lorie Barber
    May 31, 2018
    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 gr...
  • Sharon
    Oct 20, 2018
    4.5 stars, 5/6th&up Such 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...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Oct 27, 2018
    What I wanted Harbor Me to actually be. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Nov 02, 2018
    E ARC from Netgalley I 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 j...
  • Carol
    Sep 09, 2018
    Please see my review at under C. Wong. Thank you. ...
  • Katrina
    Mar 11, 2019
    I expected this to be much more of a mystery. There's a mystery element, but it's really a group therapy book. But an interesting twist on that (restorative justice circle) and the characters are fun (I love Alice!). ...
  • Jill
    Jan 02, 2019
    It Wasn't Me reminded me of the high school thriller, "One of Us is Lying," and Breakfast Club set in a middle school with no death...just bullying and no one fessing up to the vandalism of the main character's photography. Quick mystery read with a few red herrings thrown in so the re...
  • Tegan
    Mar 09, 2019
    This was really good! I did not suspect the ending at all. Great for younger readers that want to read One of Us is Lying. Lots of interesting things to talk about & discuss. I really liked all of the characters & am glad I got to know them. Looking forward to discussing with m...
  • Joy Kirr
    May 22, 2019
    I almost gave up at page 70, but I'm glad I stuck it out. It finally kept my attention around page 90 or so, and now I see why it was chosen as one of our summer reading choices. I liked learning about each character, and I really liked finding out who ruined Theo's photographs. I'm gl...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Aug 26, 2018
    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 pa...
  • Sandra
    Aug 01, 2018
    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. E...
  • Shoshana
    Feb 20, 2018
    NEW DANA ALISON LEVY BOOK Seriously, 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...
  • Beth
    Feb 01, 2019
    This book is a perfect younger YA book. It's adorable, funny, and has a good message. All things I wish I could find more in YA. It was a refreshing take on the old movie The Breakfast Club (Which makes me old, because I saw it when it first came out! ?). I highly recommend this boo...
  • Janice
    Jan 06, 2019
    It was like reading the Breakfast Club if it were a book instead of a movie. The author doesn't hide the comparison (in her author's note at the end), and I guess certain ideas are timeless. I have long been interested in the idea of restorative justice, so I enjoyed seeing how the pro...
  • Allison
    Nov 21, 2018
    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 ...
  • Maryann
    Jun 27, 2018
    Review forthcoming in School Library Journal! ...
  • Leonard Kim
    Dec 21, 2018
    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 (tho...
  • Katie Reilley
    Jun 29, 2018
    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 oft...
  • Lisa Lewis
    Sep 29, 2018
    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. ...
  • Sarah
    Oct 14, 2018
    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 foll...
  • Jensen
    Aug 05, 2018
    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 f...
  • Dana Levy
    Nov 13, 2018
    I wrote this book, so I am not exactly reviewing it, (and no, I will not give it five stars...that would be cheating!). But it's a strange and wonderful thing when something that was a spark of an idea one hot August day in 2016 becomes a beautifully designed and edited physical THING ...
  • Cat
    Nov 02, 2018
    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 Net...
  • Dilip Chauhan
    Dec 26, 2018
    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...
  • Violet Sinclair
    Jul 18, 2018
    DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of IT WASN?T ME via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 4.5 Stars HOLY FREAKING COW As mentioned in my RECKLESS CLUB review (, I love THE BREAKFAST CLUB, so when I heard about this b...
  • Kelsie Cortez
    Mar 11, 2019
    Took me 3 hours and 07 minutes to complete this read. And yes, I?m still sitting in the same chair. But at least I changed my pants. I also beat my time for reading this book because of a website I?ve been using for a little over a year now. It?s called ?
  • Kristin Crouch
    Jul 15, 2018
    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 cr...
  • Amya
    Apr 29, 2019
    A different twist to the breakfast club. Did not expect the ending, loved it! ...