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Cold Calls
ISBN: 9780544541214
Author: Benoit, Charles
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: February 2016
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: While on suspension, Shelly, Eric and Fatima, who have nothing else in common, try to identify and stop the mysterious person who has blackmailed each of them by phone into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates at their high schools. 30,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Extortion; Fiction.
Bullying; Fiction.
Revenge; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016004972
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" L x 0.75" W
Bargain Category: Mystery, Middle School, High School
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Eric gets a phone call threatening to reveal his dark secret unless he bullies a particular high school classmate. Then he meets Shelly and Fatima, who've likewise been blackmailed by a mysterious caller, and the teens go on the offensive, using sleuthing skills to track down the caller. A fast-paced thriller with interesting characters, realistic dialogue, and plenty of food for thought.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 April)

Gr 7 Up—Eric, Shelly, and Fatima are three teens from different schools and backgrounds who have only one thing in common: a midnight caller who knows their secrets. Secrets the three teenagers are desperate to keep hidden. So desperate in fact that they agree to do as the caller demands. The mysterious antagonist's demands are simple: bully selected targets at their schools. When the three protagonists meet at an anti-bullying class and realize what they have in common, they set out to discover just who their mutual foe is and stop their secrets from being shared before their lives are ruined. While the character development isn't the strength here and there is no happily ever after, the characters feel like authentic teenagers. With a quick pace, this psychological thriller takes readers for a ride, providing clues to the secrets the characters are trying to hide but without disclosing all of the information until later chapters. The coldness of the caller in relation to the damage he/she is doing to the bullying victims as well as the blackmail victims is particularly chilling, especially since their is no sign of a change in his/her behavior. References to underage drinking, drugs, and sex makes this most suitable for older teens.—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT

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