Award-winning author Amy Goldman Koss explores what happens when one bad decision threatens to destroy everything.Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemed simple enough—they were given the answers from last year's test and they used them. But Sarah and her friends got caught, and what was done without much thought leads to greater and greater consequences. Now they are facing punishment at school, tension at home, and no one is sure how or when it will end."An excellent springboard to provocative discussion or debate about the moral and ethical questions that this issue raises."—School Library Journal


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It started out keeping my student"s interest, but it soon became tedious and redundant. But if your student is dealing with cheating as an issue at school, it might introduce the concept for discussion.
I ordered this book for my daughter. She said that it was a good read and she enjoyed it. The book was required for an 8th grade reading project.
A good middle-grade book. I really liked all the different character personalities, their POV and the progression of the story.I’m passing it on to a couple of middle-grade grandchildren.


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The story is about eighth grade students who a cheat on a Geography midterm. Dan, Rob, and Sarah all cheat on the test. Dan and Rob get off easy however, when they say Sarah gave them the test. Sarah isn"t allowed off suspension until she turns in the person who gave her the test, Jake, who"s nerdy. Also in the story is Kaitie, Sarah"s best friend who decided to not cheat, Ruby, Dan"s ex-girlfriend, and Jake, the boy who gave Sarah the test. The book is all in the different character"s points of sviews. Reading Ruby"s point of view was especially annoying since she wrote like this, "I was, like, doing this, like, and he was all, whatever. As if I care." I don"t know anybody who uses like that much! Some people use it occasionally, but it"s the main word in Ruby"s vocabulary. Also annoying was Rob"s point of view. He often used sentence fragments. I"m all for using sentence fragments sparingly to create an impact, but a whole page in sentence fragments is overkill. Sarah"s point of view was usually the most tolerable, unless she started writing one word on one line, one word on the next line, to make herself seem more thoughtful and poetic. It didn"t work. Dan"s point of view wasn"t annoying writing wise, but he was a very annoying, selfish, jock character. The best pages were the ones of Kaitie and Jake. Maybe if this book had been written differently I would"ve enjoyed it more, but still, the plot is weak. Not much happens, and I found the ending somewhat lame. Overall, it"s not the most horrible book I read, but I am still very thankful it was one of my free books at the book fair. One more note, they talk about a calculus midterm. I"m in an advance math, and I"m not even in calculus, and believe me, these characters don"t seem like they"d be in advance math. I don"t know any eigth graders who take calculus!!!!