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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  • 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...
  • Jennifer
    Nov 21, 2018
    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 i...
  • 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...
  • Tasha
    Nov 26, 2018
    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 spo...
  • 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...
  • Laurie
    Mar 26, 2018
    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...
  • Jamie
    Jul 23, 2018
    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 resolve...
  • Rachel Seigel
    Aug 23, 2018
    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. ...
  • 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...
  • Erica
    Apr 03, 2018
    The best, funniest, most meaningful one yet! ...
  • Carol
    Sep 09, 2018
    Please see my review at under C. Wong. Thank you. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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! ...
  • Jenny
    Dec 26, 2018
    An eye-opening book that tells 'There is always more to the story than meets the eye." When you are bullied, not once but thrice, then you have to sit in a room of suspected students who might have bullied you, will you do it? If you love a little mystery, I'm sure you'll enjoy r...
  • 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...
  • Nannette Demmler
    Nov 04, 2018
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...