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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: filmmaking, viral videos, peer pressure, hoaxes, ghosts
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 17/Aug/2021
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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Sixteen-year-old Rainey is surprised when a video he made of a schoolyard fight goes viral. Two schoolmates, Jordan and Rowan, convince him to make another one, this time about a mysterious figure in the woods. Soon rumors are circulating that someone is out there kidnapping kids. Or maybe it’s a ghost. The teens are thrilled with the attention their prank is getting and are setting up a follow-up video when things go horribly wrong. A local woman, convinced that the ghost is related to the nightmares she’s been having for years, drives out to the area to investigate. The sight of Rowan in costume staggering across her path causes her to drive off the road. When the police start asking questions, Jordan and Rowan abandon Rainey. No one else knows what really happened but will a guilty conscience force Rainey to admit to his part in the accident or will he keep quiet?

Kirkus Reviews
“Offers reluctant readers plenty of material to mull over when it comes to responsible behavior both on- and offline.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“For schools and libraries looking for more in this high interest low vocabulary genre, I Dare You has promise. Recommended.”

Awards

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection  | 2021 | Commended

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