The Lottery

The Lottery

by Beth Goobie

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554697410
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Beth Goobie is an award-winning author of a number of books for teens. Her book, Before Wings, won the CLA YA Book Award, was a Governor General's Award nominee, an ALA Best Book nominee and a Teen Top Ten.

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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.

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The Lottery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kdemott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought I would enjoy this book, the premise seemed interesting and very pertinent to teens. It is about high school mind games, bullying and popularity. The story was slow and predictable. The ending did not tie up any loose ends, the book just stopped without a feeling of closure.
cmcvittie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When frade ten student, Sal is chosen by Saskatoon Collegiate's Shadow Council to win the Lottery, she is set up for year of victimization and shunning by the entire student body. Having survived the grieving process after the death of her father, she is stronger than she, or any of the Shadow Council, thinks. Her relationship with her brother deepens when she discovers his secret and she comes to grips with the conflicted emotions she feels about being a victim who has to obey all the S.C.'s wishes. Goobie builds tension effectively and while there is an occasional use of profanity, it is not gratuitous. Like Sal, my stomach alternated between feeling like I'd swallowed Javex or Drano as the increasingly nasty "tortures" are handed out by the senior students of Shadow Council. Effectively, Willis, the president of S.C. proves to be likeable, but complicit in the culture that allows for an annual scapegoating of one student.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes to read. I can't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for required reading in my school, and I couldn't put it down. Beth Goobie made me feel like I was having the same emotions as the characters. I love a good non-fiction thrill ride and I enjoyed 'The Lottery' as much as the next person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing work - - completely on the edge, makes you want to read in one sitting. Very scary, sceptical the 'young adult' category should be reviewed - - definately for mature readers. Beth Goobie proves she's one of the best novelists around!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Lottery by Beth Goobie is the best book I have ever read, and believe me, I read alot. The emotion is so real, the charecters so well developed and complex, this book is as real as if it were living. You can feel Sally Hanson's emotions, relize with her, and get inside her head. It is so good it is almost overwhelming. I recommend this book to anyone who reads books.