The Shadow Club

The Shadow Club

by Neal Shusterman
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The Shadow Club by Neal Shusterman

For Jared and Cheryl, nothing is worse than coming in second. Their idea to form a club of second-best kids seems harmless at first. But when the Shadow Club members start playing anonymous practical jokes on each other's rivals, things quickly spiral out of control, and innocent people get hurt. This chilling page-turner about the effects of underlying resentment on a high school population is more timely now than when it was first published.

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ISBN-13: 9780440402718
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/01/1990
Pages: 192
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author and screenwriter.  He lives in Southern California with his four children.

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The Shadow Club 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book was amazing. He (author) just came to my schoo on friday and was telling us all about his books. I loved this book of his. I think how he writes and the voice is amazing. I loved this book because it was all about the people who always get the awards, and all the glory and how the second best people should have. This book took me one day to finish and I re read it that same day because it was s good! read it, you'll like it.
Ronny Perez 3 months ago
I was assigned to read a book over the summer, and I chose this book, and i have no regrets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Havent finished yet but cant beliabe they tried to kill tyson!i was so suprised!makes me think what ive blamed on people without good evidence.this is the best book ever.LOVED IT!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Meet the second-bests: a group of kids who, although they have one thing they're best at, still get beat daily by the "unbeatables." Although these kids are good kids, well-behaved, smart, athletic, interesting, their lives are being ruined by those who always seem to be one step ahead, stealing the limelight and rubbing it in until you just wish they'd never been born.

Thus is the basis for THE SHADOW CLUB, a secret group of seven kids who decided to get back at those who make their lives miserable by playing harmless pranks on them--pranks that will embarass them before their admirers, and give the second-besters their just due.

Except revenge, as revenge always seems to do, comes back to bite you in the butt. Pranks start getting out of control, even though they're not being comitted by the Shadow Club members. Someone's out to sabotage their club, and one of the "unbeatables" could wind up getting seriously hurt--even killed. As the Club seeks to get the biggest loser in school, Tyson McGaw, to confess to the pranks, the Shadow Club comes to realize that they might not be the all-around good kids that they thought they were.

What started out as fun is turning into something darker, and no one seems to know how to make it stop.

THE SHADOW CLUB is a great read by Neal Shusterman. Dealing with human nature, the fact that kids can traumatize each other more than anyone else can, and the fact that we all have anger inside of us is forefront in the story. A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Meet the second-bests: a group of kids who, although they have one thing they're best at, still get beat daily by the 'unbeatables.' Although these kids are good kids, well-behaved, smart, athletic, interesting, their lives are being ruined by those who always seem to be one step ahead, stealing the limelight and rubbing it in until you just wish they'd never been born. Thus is the basis for THE SHADOW CLUB, a secret group of seven kids who decided to get back at those who make their lives miserable by playing harmless pranks on them--pranks that will embarass them before their admirers, and give the second-besters their just due. Except revenge, as revenge always seems to do, comes back to bite you in the butt. Pranks start getting out of control, even though they're not being comitted by the Shadow Club members. Someone's out to sabotage their club, and one of the 'unbeatables' could wind up getting seriously hurt--even killed. As the Club seeks to get the biggest loser in school, Tyson McGaw, to confess to the pranks, the Shadow Club comes to realize that they might not be the all-around good kids that they thought they were. What started out as fun is turning into something darker, and no one seems to know how to make it stop. THE SHADOW CLUB is a great read by Neal Shusterman. Dealing with human nature, the fact that kids can traumatize each other more than anyone else can, and the fact that we all have anger inside of us is forefront in the story. A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book was great! It was a little slow in the beginning but at the middle to the end I couldn't put it down! I did a book report on it and got a 100%! It was such a great book...I recommend it to EVERYONE! I can't wait to read the second one...the Shadow Clud Rising! Well everyone who looked this book up don't read anymore books untill u read this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is the best book i have ever read in my school. it is outstanding for kids to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I read The Shadow Club I never really liked mysteries. When I started to read it I couldn't stop. It usually takes me two weeks to read a book. With The Shadow Club it took me two days. This is definitely one of the best books ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A slow start just to get you warmed up a bit. As the book progresses it begans to build until the end where you can not stop reading until the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To start off this book is great.... It's Shusterman at his best. I haven't came across a bad Shusterman book yet. Anyways here¿s the story in a Nutshell. A 14-year-old boy named Jared and his friend Cheryl are sick of being second best at the things that they do best. These two people gather more and more people that are second best, hey decide to form a club.... The Shadow Club. This club has a goal, the goal is to make the people who are best pay, to make there lives a living hell, and play practical jokes and pranks on them. At first the club seems like a joke, they have meetings to plot there next practical jokes, they hang out etc., but.... one day a prank goes to far and people start getting seriously hurt, by the end of the book you find out that. Wait now If I gave it away it would be pointless to read, wouldn't it? Anyways to find out what goes wrong and how the book end go buy it, borrow it, I don't care as long as you read it I'll be happy. (*****(5) out of *****(5) stars)
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
I'm no stranger to Neal Shusterman, so when I saw this book with his name on it at the library, I had to pick it up. Once I read the back, I convinced myself that it would be interesting. When fourteen year old Jared and his friends decide to form a club of "second-bests" and play anonymous tricks on each other's arch rivals, the harmless pranks escalate until they become life-threatening. This book had more potential than it did worth. It was all right. Very quick, I read it in less than a day. But it could have been more, ya know? If only Shusterman could have went deeper and really explored his characters then it would have been fantastic. I felt the characters were nothing more than a name on a page, instead of well-developed individuals. The story was kind of disturbing and a tad unrealistic. Like these guys were in a life-threatening situation and are making jokes about piss. Anyway, I would say the writing is for middle-schoolers, but the material might just satisfy older readers too. I don't particularly recommend it, but if you like Neal Shusterman, give it a shot. I don't think I'll seek the sequel, but if I come across it, I might read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The shadow Club was a joy to read.I think that eveyone sometimes feels they're living in a 'shadow' of another.But this book really puts in perspective what can happen when you try to get revenge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is strange but the meaning to the story makes the book great. And i think it should be read by everyone because there is always someone greater and better then you and this story takes that to the extrem but it dose share a vauble lesson and that what makes you what to read to the end.And i hope the second book The Shadow Club rising makes this whole story complete.