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Beckoners
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Beckoners
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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.

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.

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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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About the Author-
  • Carrie Mac's first novel The Beckoners won the Arthur Ellis YA Award, is a CLA Honour book. She is available for school and library presentations, and has been known to hold the interest of a couple hundred teens where others have failed. Maybe it's the tattoos. For more information, visit www.carriemac.com.

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  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2004
    Gr 9 Up-In this stark, atmospheric novel, Zoe's almost-normal life deteriorates rapidly when her mother moves the family to a new town where the school is run by a ruthless gang. Even before the 15-year-old is brutally initiated into the Beckoners, she has serious doubts about her ability to survive. But the situation only gets worse as she struggles with her conscience over the Beckoners' obsessively cruel attacks on the school loser. Zoe risks further alienation as she treads a minefield of deceit, honor, disgust, and self-protection. The adults in her world are so ineffectual, deluded, or disengaged that there is little hope of breaking the gang's tyrannical hold on the community. Mac's novel compellingly portrays the herd mentality that every uncool teen dreads. The pacing is gripping and relentless-readers can expect violence, sex, rough language, and out-of-control behavior. The devastating (yet almost predictable) climax scarcely provides the relief and redemption needed to clear the mind of the horror and tragedy at the hands of such severely disturbed young people.-Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

    Copyright 2004 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    November 15, 2004
    Gr. 8-12. Bullying among girls is at the heart of this novel, and the vicious, violent harassment will stay with readers. Zoe, the story's 15-year-old narrator, agrees to be initiated into the Beckoners because she is terrified of them. Adults are no help: Zoe's mom is busy with her own problems, and a teacher sees but doesn't ask. To her shame, Zoe does nothing to help the bullies' victim, April ("Dog"), who is tormented to the point of collapse. Even when Zoe witnesses rape, she keeps quiet. The ending, when the bullies are finally brought to justice, seems patched on, but the true climax of the book comes when Zoe, who changes slowly as the story moves forward, finally takes a stand. Mac draws her characters with rare complexity. April may be a victim, but at times she's a real pain: she's homophobic, and she insults Zoe's gay friend, Simon, who tries to help her. Use this with Margaret Atwood's adult book " Cat's Eye "(1989) and YA stories of school torment.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2004, American Library Association.)

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