by William Sleator
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Test by William Sleator

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Pass, and have it made. Fail, and suffer the consequences. A master of teen thrillers tests readers’ courage in an edge-of-your-seat novel that echoes the fears of exam-takers everywhere.

Ann, a teenage girl living in the security-obsessed, elitist United States of the very near future, is threatened on her way home from school by a mysterious man on a black motorcycle. Soon she and a new friend are caught up in a vast conspiracy of greed involving the mega-wealthy owner of a school testing company. Students who pass his test have it made; those who don’t, disappear . . . or worse. Will Ann be next?

For all those who suspect standardized tests are an evil conspiracy, here’s a thriller that really satisfies!

Praise for Test

“Fast-paced with short chapters that end in cliff-hangers . . . good read for moderately reluctant readers. Teens will be able to draw comparisons to contemporary society’s shift toward standardized testing and ecological concerns, and are sure to appreciate the spoofs on NCLB.” —School Library Journal

“Part mystery, part action thriller, part romance . . . environmental and political overtones . . . fast pace and unique blend of genres holds attraction for younger teen readers.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810989894
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,237,079
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

For more than thirty years, William Sleator has thrilled readers with his inventive books that blend real science with stories that explore our darkest fears and wishes. His House of Stairs was a groundbreaking book for young adults, and was named one of the best novels of the twentieth century by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Critics call his writing “clever and engrossing . . . and just plain fun” (Booklist) and “gleefully icky” (Publishers Weekly). He divides his time between homes in Boston and Thailand.

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Test 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In a world not much different than ours, people are divided into two classes. In one, the rich and powerful travel by helicopter to their luxury houses and jobs. In the other, people are stuck in hours of traffic going to and from their low-level jobs - all the while breathing air poisoned by pollution. The Test is what determines your future. Ann lives with her parents in the low-level class. Her parents leave hours before they have to be at work because it takes so long to get there in the traffic. Her father works as a health care giver to some people that live in an apartment building owned by one of the most powerful men in the country. The apartment building is in terrible shape and in constant disrepair. When Ann's father starts to tell the occupants to withhold rent until their apartments are fixed, things begin to get dangerous. Ann starts to see a mysterious man on a motorcycle bearing a weird logo on her way to and from school. When he begins to threaten her, she decides to figure out what is going on. She finds out things are more connected than she ever thought, and that the Test is at the center of everything. THE TEST by William Sleator is a good story. With how testing is viewed in our public schools today, it is interesting to see an author's view of what could happen if we let testing get out of control. The one weakness I can see with this book is the ending. It almost seemed like Sleator ran out of time and had to turn in the manuscript before he could wrap things up properly. Overall, though, a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
William Sleator has come up with another winner. The climate in schools these days is fraught with tension about testing. Even wee kindergartners are now dragged into it. It's out of control and TEST, a semi-futuristic teen thriller, neatly incorporates the fears and concerns about standardized testing into a story of the high school caste system carried to a logical and chilling elitist extreme. The book is vibrant and fun to read the characters are real and compelling and the outcome is satisfying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book at a Harvard Sci Fi and Young Adult conference. Mr. Sleator was on the panel. The book is witty, eccentric, and poignant at the same time. I stayed up all night reading it. I highly recommend this book.
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Saw the clipboard and decided sleep tests. To help anybody with sleep issues to fqll asleep faster. She got a vile and mixed some liquids and put it in a shot tube d injected it in Breonna.
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ParkerPen27 More than 1 year ago
This book is a good one, but some of the details as to how the 'bad guys' lose is not that well thought out. Don't get me wrong, it is a very good book, but you will see what I am talking about when you read it.
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This book is on fire!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She hisses. "You dont kill a baby fawn!" That was an innocent life taken beofre it was lived. Sure you do what you can for the clan. But this is a test. Time is not evrrything." She snarls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catches a rabbit nd two trout. Then he searches out a baby deer or moose calf. He finds a small baby deer nd carefully stalks it to not alert the mother who i nearby. When h is close enough he pounces nd grips the fauns neck in his jaws nd bites down hard breaking the spinal cord. He brings it to the kill pile nd then heads for the next task.( tests 1-2-3&4 now done)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first one to get enough prey for 5 cats will procede.
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