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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Library Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155469275X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554692750
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having grown up in the shadow of her big brother, a school legend, Laurel is thrilled when one of her stories for the school paper wins acclaim. Eager to repeat her success, Laurel writes a piece about cheating after she observes one classmate slip test answers to another. The reaction to this story is totally different. “Lighten up,” her friend tells her. “It’s no big deal.” Laurel is dismayed because “dishonesty is dishonesty.” An anonymous tip points Laurel to a bigger cheating scandal, but her investigation leads her straight to people she cares about, and suddenly the issue is far from black and white. This Orca Currents title for low-level readers focuses on issues teens will care about. Laurel’s clandestine probing provides plenty of plot tension, and her discoveries will keep readers guessing about larger mysteries. Readers will want to discuss the issue of cheating, its ramifications, and Laurel’s final choices about turning people in. Grades 5-8. --Lynn Rutan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Short, quick chapters are propelled by frenetic action…True to life, this book does not offer a tidy, Pollyanna-ish conclusion; Laurel comes to learn from this experience a difficult lesson at a great expense. A speedy read." (Kirkus Reviews 2010-09-15)

"Well suited to its intended audience…With its succinct text, short chapters, and emphasis on contemporary teen issues, Cheat should be popular with reluctant young adult readers….Recommended." (CM Magazine 2010-09-24)

"Butcher's portrayal of high school cheating is believable, with actual consequences...The pacing will keep reluctant readers hooked until the very end." (School Library Journal 2011-02-01)

"A realistic portrayal of high school students' attitudes towards cheating…This is a well written narrative that will challenge readers to make a decision about what's right and what's wrong. Recommended." (Library Media Connection 2011-01-01)

"It was easy to get caught up in this book—enough suspense to keep the story moving briskly along. A good hi-low read for teens." (Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media 2011-04-01)

"Butcher offers an insightful look into the ethics and morals of high school students...The short book really lends itself to a good discussion." (PSLA Top Forty 2011-06-01) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I felt like this book was written for a much younger audience than a lot of other YA, which is fine, but it surprised me a bit. This one was a really quick read, though... took maybe an hour, hour and a half to read altogether.

I felt like this book set out to send out a message to its readers, so things like characters weren't given a lot of thought. They don't have much depth, and there's not a whole lot of character development and whatnot here. But I also kind of felt that toward the end of the book, the message wasn't so much about cheating, but about the consequences of doing whatever it takes to get what you want without regard for others. I thought that was a message worth expressing, but since it was muddled up with cheating, it left me a little conflicted and confused.

I didn't really know a whole lot about this book or the author when I picked it up - just spotted it in the new eBooks at the library and figured I would pick it up when I was done with the book I had been reading. It was definitely on the lighter side of things tone-wise compared to the other books I've read lately, so that was a nice change for me. I definitely would have liked more development all around, though, to make things feel more authentic, instead of a bit of a vessel for the author's message.

I enjoyed the book well enough, having read it in one sitting, and would be interested in reading more of Butcher's books in the future, despite having mixed feelings about this one.
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By Heidi G on June 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Laurel is an aspiring journalist. She see two students cheating on a test and then gets a tip that a bigger cheating scandal is taking place on her high school campus. Although repeatedly told to back off the story, she forges on with her investigation, losing friends along the way. She is shocked to learn the identity of the person in charge of the cheating ring--someone she knows very well. Laurel comes to realize that the consequences of following the trail to truth may not always be what's in her best interest. It was easy to get caught up in this book--enough suspense to keep the story moving briskly along. A good hi-low read for teens.
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More About the Author

I had two new books for reluctant readers in 2014 (Cabin Girl in the spring and Alibi in the fall), and in May of 2015, there will be a sequel to Truths I Learned from Sam. This one is called In Search of Sam. If you haven't read Truths yet, you still have time.

Though I was a teacher for almost twenty years, I have been a writer forever. And as long as readers keep buying my books, I shall continue to write. Hey, I may even continue to eat!

For more information about me and my books, check out my website: http://www.kristinbutcher.com

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