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. Volume XIII Number 5 . . . .October 27, 2006
After watching Stuffed, a documentary about how overeating at a popular fast-food chain was making people overweight, unhealthy and sick, high school student Ian Cheevers didn’t believe that what he saw on the screen would have a huge impact on his life. After all, Frankie’s triple bacon cheeseburger melt was still his favourite burger, and Frankie’s did serve great tasting food. What harm was there in eating something that tastes good? On the other hand, his friend, Julia strongly opposes eating at Frankie’s and is appalled that not everyone has the same opinion. It isn’t until Ian is chatting with his friends on MSN about the in-class documentary that his perspective on the topic begins to change. While procrastinating from working on a computer science assignment about how email can contribute to mass communication, Ian suddenly has a brainwave. What if he and several of his friends emailed everyone on their contact list and proposed that for one day everyone stop eating at Frankie’s? If people refrained from eating at Frankie’s for one day, then perhaps this would cause the franchise to reconsider their choices of food and provide healthier alternatives. Would it be realistic to deter people from eating at Frankie’s for one day? Ian’s decision to make a positive and healthy difference creates controversy when Frankie’s decide to sue the person behind the scandal. To make matters worse, Frankie’s is willing to provide their great tasting fast food lunch to everyone in the entire high school if Ian would agree to call off the proposal. Ian do is not sure what he should do. Should he reconsider or stand up for what he believes in?
Stuffed, a fascinating book written by Eric Walters, is about morals, values and integrity, and it accentuates the fact that it takes only one person to make a difference. Although the book is fiction, it is convincing and captivating. The language and pace of the book is appropriate for the intended audience and is a must purchase for all classroom or school libraries.
Georgie Perigny is a Grade 6 teacher at River Valley School in Sundre, AB.
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