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The Resource Cold calls, Charles Benoit

Cold calls, Charles Benoit

Label
Cold calls
Title
Cold calls
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Charles Benoit
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
While on suspension, Shelly, Eric, and Fatima, who have nothing else in common, try to identify and stop the person who blackmailed each of them by phone to perform very specific acts of bullying at their high schools
Storyline
Tone
Review
  • Grades 8-11 Eric, Shelly, and Fatima meet when they are suspended and referred to a weeklong antibullying program, but they’re shocked to discover that they each followed a very similar path to get there—and it’s not because they are all bullies. Rather, they have each received calls from an unnamed stranger who threatens to reveal their shameful secrets to the world if they do not cooperate with specific instructions to bully their classmates. During the week of their punishment, they band together to find out who is behind their disturbing experiences. Benoit capitalizes on current trends in this up-to-the-minute plot and develops the three very different teen characters with equal depth and authenticity. The ultimate reveal of the person behind the stalking stretches credulity, but nonetheless, Benoit’s handling of cultural diversity, adolescent religious awareness, and everyday technology in teen lives makes for satisfying, thought-provoking reading. Young teens who have read Mary Downing Hahn’s Stepping on the Cracks (1991) should be ready for this nuanced approach to bullying and bullies. -- Goldsmith, Francisca (Reviewed 04-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 15, p82)
  • Gr 7 Up — Eric, Shelly, and Fatima are three teens from different schools and backgrounds who have only one thing in common: a midnight caller who knows their secrets. Secrets the three teenagers are desperate to keep hidden. So desperate in fact that they agree to do as the caller demands. The mysterious antagonist's demands are simple: bully selected targets at their schools. When the three protagonists meet at an anti-bullying class and realize what they have in common, they set out to discover just who their mutual foe is and stop their secrets from being shared before their lives are ruined. While the character development isn't the strength here and there is no happily ever after, the characters feel like authentic teenagers. With a quick pace, this psychological thriller takes readers for a ride, providing clues to the secrets the characters are trying to hide but without disclosing all of the information until later chapters. The coldness of the caller in relation to the damage he/she is doing to the bullying victims as well as the blackmail victims is particularly chilling, especially since their is no sign of a change in his/her behavior. References to underage drinking, drugs, and sex makes this most suitable for older teens.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT --Heidi Grange (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p157)
  • Three teens blackmailed into bullying behaviors team up to discover who's behind it. Eric has been receiving anonymous calls from someone who blackmails him into playing a series of pranks on a boy at school that he doesn't even know. At the end of a community course for accused bullies, he discovers that two other teens, Shelly and Fatima, have gotten similar calls from the creepy, computerized voice of an anonymous caller who threatens to reveal their secrets. In Eric's case, it's an incriminating photograph of his ex-girlfriend that will be posted to the Internet unless he keeps quiet and does what he's told. The kids have only a few days to discover who's behind the blackmailing before a countdown ends, forcing them into one last act of bullying. The complex reasons that Eric, Shelly and Fatima have for keeping their secrets are understandable and drive the action, but the blackmailer's motivation is far less interesting. The unraveling of the mystery is moderately suspenseful, but readers are likely to move from "what could be going on?" to "is that all?" as the intrigue devolves into a tepid denouement. Alas, fails to shed light on the all-too-common issue of bullying and its impact on the emotional lives of teens. (Mystery. 12­-15)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10301173
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Benoit, Charles
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[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Extortion
  • Bullying
  • Revenge
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Extortion
  • Bullying
  • Revenge
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Mystery and detective stories
  • Bullying
  • Extortion
  • High schools
  • Revenge
  • Schools
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Cold calls, Charles Benoit
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn843124210
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9780544239500
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013016271
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)843124210
Label
Cold calls, Charles Benoit
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn843124210
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9780544239500
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013016271
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)843124210
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