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  • My Heart Fills with Happiness
  • Wolf Island

By author: Kristin Butcher
Selling Points: "School issues, studying, ethics"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2010
Lexile Level: HL570L
Fry Reading Level: 2.8
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"Nobody likes a snitch. Unless you're looking to become a total outcast, let it go."

Laurel discovers her passion for investigative journalism when she writes an article for her school paper about the homeless man who's been living at the school. Eager to write more articles with impact, she launches an investigation of a cheating scam at her high school. Laurel's efforts elicit hostility from her classmates. Nobody is interested in seeing her article go to print, not even her own brother. It is evident that the cheating is widespread, and Laurel, caught up in the thrill of the investigation, is willing to commit social suicide to get the story, but her ultimate discovery changes everything.
PSLA Top Forty - June 1, 2011
"Butcher offers an insightful look into the ethics and morals of high school students...The short book really lends itself to a good discussion."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - April 1, 2011
"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."
School Library Journal - February 1, 2011
"Butcher's portrayal of high school cheating is believable, with actual consequences...The pacing will keep reluctant readers hooked until the very end."
Library Media Connection - January 1, 2011
"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."
CM Magazine - September 24, 2010
"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."
Kirkus Reviews - September 15, 2010
"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."


Library Media Connection Editor's Choice, commended  US  2011
PSLA Top Forty, commended  US  2010
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2011


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