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The Beckoners
By author: Carrie Mac
Selling Points: "Bullying, school violence"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Lexile Level: 750
Pages: 224
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $14.95
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The girl was still there, on a swing, pumping hard, so high the chain slackened before letting her down. Then suddenly she stopped, digging her bare feet into the sand. She kicked herself in circles, tightening the chain until it wouldn't turn anymore. Then for a second she stared across the night between them, right at Zoe, until she let go, spinning into a dark fast blur.

When her mother suddenly moves them to a new town, Zoe is unhappy about leaving behind what passes for a normal life. And when the first person she meets turns out to be Beck, who rules her new school with a mixture of intimidation and outright violence, she is dismayed. But she has no idea how bad things will get. Unsure of herself and merely trying to fit in, Zoe is initiated, painfully, into the Beckoners, a twisted group of girls whose main purpose is to stay on top by whatever means necessary. Help comes from unlikely quarters as Zoe struggles to tear loose from the Beckoners without becoming a target herself, while also trying to save April—or Dog, as she is called—from further torment.

A chilling portrait of the bullying and violence that is all too common in schools, The Beckoners illustrates the lure of becoming tormentor rather than victim, and the terrible price that can be exacted for standing up for what is right.
CM Magazine - September 1, 2007
"Will be one of those sleeper novels passed from hand to hand by teenagers...It will probably disappear from your library collections, the ultimate approval rating. Buy your five copies now and keep one behind the counter. Highly Recommended."
Peak Publications Society SFU - June 1, 2005
"What author Carrie Mac has managed to do is write honestly...Mac has finally deemed kids capable of handling both the nitty and the gritty."
NMRLS Youth Services - May 24, 2005
"A beautifully written...terrifying, compelling book...impossible to forget."
Canadian Children's Book News - April 1, 2005
"This is a book that will be passed from teen to teen for the naughty bits, but along the way it will challenge young people to reflect on what they accept and dismiss..."
Resource Links - January 1, 2005
"Hard-hitting...saturated with a sense of foreboding...a provocative and realistic portrayal of what it means to be a victim and a tormentor. Rated: Good."


Arthur Ellis Award, winner  CA  2005
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2005
CLA Young Adult Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2005
IRA Book Award nominee, commended  US  2006
Stellar Award, winner  CA  2007
White Ravens List , commended  US  2005

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