Nine Doors

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Despite what my math teacher might think, I'm not stupid. I'm not mean either. At least I try not to be. So that's not how I got into this mess. I got into it because I was bored.

Emery's neighbor, Richard, is the kind of kid who gets under your skin. When Richard suggests a game of Nicky Nicky Nine Doors, Emery can't come up with a good excuse not to play. Using chocolate bars as "stunt poo," the boys play the classic prank of the burning bag on the doorstep, but this game has ...

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Overview

Despite what my math teacher might think, I'm not stupid. I'm not mean either. At least I try not to be. So that's not how I got into this mess. I got into it because I was bored.

Emery's neighbor, Richard, is the kind of kid who gets under your skin. When Richard suggests a game of Nicky Nicky Nine Doors, Emery can't come up with a good excuse not to play. Using chocolate bars as "stunt poo," the boys play the classic prank of the burning bag on the doorstep, but this game has a modern twist. They videotape their neighbor's reactions. At first the stunts are pure comedy, but the game gets serious and their harmless stunts are causing major harm-to Emery and his friends most of all.

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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Boasts a plot that's simple yet gripping, pacing that's tight and rapid-fire, and true-to-life characters that will resonate with readers both young and old...Truly a fantastic all-round read that is a sure bet for grabbing the interest of reluctant readers."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Readers will identify with Emery as he struggles to do the right thing. This is good book for reluctant readers."
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Children's Literature - Lesley Moore Vossen
So what can happen when a really annoying kid teams together with the kid who narrates this book, and they decide to create a game that involves videotaping their neighbors? The narrator of this book, Emery, seems like a pretty nice kid with too much time on his hands during the summer months and too little to do in what appears to be a somewhat barren, modern suburban neighborhood. The local pool has nothing but toddlers playing in it, and Emery's mother wants him out of the house and not spending his days playing video games. At first, when Richard suggests playing Nicky Nicky Nine Doors, where they ring someone's bell and run off before a neighbor comes to the door, it seems like a harmless, though annoying, way to pass the time, but then the boys decide to videotape the neighbors as they come to the door, and Nicky Nicky Nine Doors becomes "Nicky Nicky Nine Doors: The Movie." There is the naked guy and the man who comes to the door in an apron. It still seems pretty harmless until they reduce one neighbor to tears. After Bebi becomes part of the story, bringing some teen love interest, the boys and Bebi discover some things they did not know about their neighbors. For example, the man in the apron is caring for his sick wife; the crazy old lady turns out to be not so crazy, and she ends up being the person who adds some danger and suspense to this adventure. This is a fast moving and easy read for pre-teens and young teens to help keep them from boredom during the summer months. Reviewer: Lesley Moore Vossen
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—When Emery and sometimes-friend (and full-time troublemaker) Richard play "Nicky Nicky Nine Doors," the age-old game of knocking on neighbors' doors and running away before being caught, they don't anticipate that the harmless prank can have lasting consequences. Richard suggests that they put flaming bags of "stunt poo" on the doorsteps and videotape the unsuspecting participants as they extinguish the flames. However, the game veers wildly out of control. When the boys are mugged and kidnapped, they realize that they are no longer in control of the game and that all the players aren't entirely what they seem. Realistic action and dialogue, along with a fast-paced plot, will keep reluctant readers turning pages. Savvier readers may be turned off by predictable characterization and an incredible plot twist at the end, but Doors is a solid hi/lo choice.—H. H. Henderson, Heritage Middle School, Deltona, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554690732
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,393,667
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

"A superb storyteller."- Canadian Children's Book News

Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki's books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award in 2006. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children. More information is available at www.vickigrant.com.

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Read an Excerpt

Despite what my math teacher might think, I'm not stupid.

I'm not mean either. At least I try not to be.

So that's not how I got into this mess.

I got into it because I was bored.

I know that's a dumb excuse, but I bet I'm not the first person to use it. My guess is boredom's the reason lots of people get into trouble. It can drive you nuts. It can make you do stuff you'd never do in a million years.

For me, that meant hanging out with Richard.

That sounds cruel, but what can I say? If you knew the guy, you'd probably feel the same way.

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