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The Lottery
By author: Beth Goobie
Selling Points: "bullying, high school, exclusion"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2004
Pages: 272
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $14.95
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The third scroll was dropped onto her binder as she rushed between classes at mid-morning break. The halls were crowded, she hadn't seen anyone of note beside her—the scroll hadn't been there, then suddenly it was...To her left, she spotted an open maintenance closet, full of cleaning solutions and wet mops. Stepping in, she closed the door and fumbled for the light switch. Frantically she tore at the ribbon and the wax seal, not caring if the paper ripped...

As her eyes reluctantly returned to the black message scrawled across the page, the light bulb's electric after-image danced across her retinas, confusing her vision, but the third scroll's contents had already been seared deep into her memory.

Congratulations! You are this year's lottery winner.

Every student at Saskatoon Collegiate knew that all the most important aspects of school life were controlled by a secret club called Shadow Council. Each fall, Shadow held a traditional lottery during which a single student's name was drawn. The rest of the student body called the student the lottery winner. But Shadow Council knew better; to them the winner was the lottery victim. Whatever the label, the fated student became the Council's go-fer, delivering messages of doom to selected targets. In response, the student body shunned the lottery winner for the entire year. This year's victim was fifteen-year-old Sally Hanson.
KLIATT - November 1, 2002
"A gripping and powerful narrative."
CM Magazine - October 18, 2002
"One of this year's 'must' purchases...Highly recommended."


ALA Best Books for Young Adults, long-listed  US  2003
YALSA Quick Picks, long-listed  US  2003
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2003
CLA Young Adult Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2003
KLIATT Editors' Hardcover YA Fiction Choice , commended  US  2003
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2004
SYRCA Snow Willow nominee, short-listed  CA  2004
White Ravens List , commended  US  2003
White Pine nominee, runner-up  CA  2004

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