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  • Title: The Lottery
  • Author: Beth Goobie
  • ISBN: 9781551432809
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this tense, complex novel Beth Goobie demonstrates once again that she is one of Canada s finest writers of teen fiction The Lottery is her sixteenth book and follows the best selling Before Wings, which was CLA Book of the Year, an ALA Best Book nominee and was a finalist for the Governor General s Literary Award.
    The Lottery In this tense complex novel Beth Goobie demonstrates once again that she is one of Canada s finest writers of teen fiction The Lottery is her sixteenth book and follows the best selling Before Wings

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    1. Hmm How do I review this book I really can t seeing as I couldn t even finish it Not that that s stopped me from reviewing a book before SO here I go This review is basically a review to take apart this book SO avert your eyes if you actually liked it Are your eyes averted If not then you must want to watch me take apart this book Right here we go.The Writing First person I think , not very memorable, not very catching, easily forgotten I just couldn t get involved in this book and when that hap [...]

    2. Interest level 8th Reading level mediumGenre realistic fiction, schools, bullying, intimidation, outcasts, trial by fireThe Lottery is a pretty disturbing story about a secret high school club called the Shadow Council Every fall, the council holds a lottery and a single student s name is drawn But rather than being a lottery winner , the selected student is doomed to become the lottery victim , someone who has to obey every command of the Shadow Council, however distasteful, and worse gets shun [...]

    3. The premise of the book with its secret society and whole victim concept was intriguing but I think it was stretched too thin Honestly the society didn t do anything FOR the students in anyway, so why was it revered so much and how come no one went to a superior with this I mean Jenny Weaver looked like the sensible sort who d end the drama once and for all And I suppose that s what I m unhappy about the most, the drama never ended Till the end, the Shadow Council never disbanded or one member w [...]

    4. The Lottery is about fifteen year old Sally Hanson, who was chosen randomly out of fifteen hundred students to be the Shadow Council s new go fer The phrase everybody loves a victim is used numerous times to describe her predictament, seeing as everyone in the school including her former best friends have chosen to shun and ignore her Although it seems that trying to resist is pointless, Sally decides to give the notorious Shadow Council a run for its money.The plot of the book was very interest [...]

    5. With a nod to both Shirley Jackson s The Lottery and Robert Cormier s The Chocolate War, Beth Goobie s The Lottery is still an original take on the high school scapegoat story The novel is complex because it interweaves other issues into the plot, specifically mental and physical disabilities, as well as the death of a parent This combination of subjects may have weakened the climax of the book I found things to be resolved too quickly, too neatly , but it did create suspense There s a bit of s [...]

    6. Really interesting and creepy each year the school s evil shadow council basically the bitchy popular kids draw another student s name in a lottery and that person is to be totally ignored by their peers all YEAR And they have to do the shadow council s bidding And anyone who doesn t ignore them will also be bullied it s horrible A whole year I mean if it was a different person each week or even month I could buy it but a year seems to be stretching it a bit thin And everyone in the school just [...]

    7. Set in a secondary school where a group of senior pupils are secretly controlling the school via a lottery,in which I pupil is chosen each year to carry out their wishes, the book is all about the way in which collusion and fear can quickly take hold and spread like wildfire Wining the lottery is both desirable and unknown so when the heroine is chosen she is initially excited and proud to have won Gradually she begins to realise winning is not all it s cracked up to be as a bit of harmless fun [...]

    8. Beth Goobie must have been an outsider as a teen, because she writes with brutal honesty in many of her books about what it is to be alienated The Lottery is no exception.Modeled on Shirley Jackson s classic story, a contemporary high school clique posing as an activity club selects one student to be the shunned prankster and scapegoat for one year When Sally Hanson is the victim winner, she succumbs at first to the tradition, but as the expectations of the Shadow Club deepen and the head of gro [...]

    9. The Lottery was a dark and disturbing book that takes you inside the exaggerated life of a teenage girl If there s one thing Goobie is good at, it s taking a common typical teen issue like bullying or exclusion or feeling like an outsider, and really making it stand out as a huge problem in an extreme way The concept of a club like Student Council ruling the school by choosing yearly victims to shun was really creepy, but effective.At first, it was difficult to get into the story It felt very re [...]

    10. The Lottery is a really good book, full of depth and details I really don t understand why some people say the plot and writing style were horrible.Some people think, Why didn t anybody do anything about this, or go to a teacher or whatever And I think, Well, you re obviously not in school any People say, Shadow Council doesn t do anything for the school, so why are they revered so much Seriously If you had bothered to finish reading the book you would get it, as it explained A LOT at the end.Ev [...]

    11. Have you ever picked up a book without knowing a single thing about it Because I did with this one And I m glad I did I was impressed.The cover makes it look like it s one of those teen paranormal books, but it s not It s about a girl and her friends caught up in a very strange school tradition Every year, a group of students known as the Shadow Council select someone from the student body to be their victim a kid who delivers messages for them, and does the dirty work when no one else will This [...]

    12. Ce r cit d un bizutage tr s labor traite de mani re originale du pouvoir et de l ivresse qu il procure L auteur, l vidence contre les jeux de hasard, nous interpelle pour un gagnant la loterie nationale, combien ont particip sa r compense Combien d l ves participent ici de la mise l cart de Sal, de sa libre manipulation par les membres du Shadow Council On peine croire qu un syst me tel que celui mis en place par la soci t secr te du livre soit applicable dans la vraie vie A l re d internet et d [...]

    13. The good thing about this book is that it is a good read It kind of has The Chocolate Wars kind of feel to it, but not really Basically there is a council of students, mainly of juniors and seniors, that rule the school They have a lottery every year of the students in the school The so called winner of this lottery is their lackey for the entire school year They ve been doing this for years, and no one has ever said a word to them about it It s a simple fact Sally Hanson is picked to be this ye [...]

    14. This book takes the concept of Shirley Jackson s short story of the same name and places it in a high school setting like Jackson s short, The Lottery raises questions about why society needs a victim The protagonist is Sal, a fifteen year old third clarinettist and this year s Shadow Council lottery winner the dud of the year Nobody will speak to her or acknowledge her existence except the mysterious Shadow Council, an elite group ruling the school with fear I enjoyed the concept of this book a [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this captivating, suspenseful novel, which is set in a high school that has a secret student organization Shadow Club This club essentially threatens and bullies the student body into either doing its bidding or quietly going along so as to avoid retribution such as getting stuffed into a trash can and winding up in the hospital, which happens to one character Every year the Shadow Club chooses one student via a lottery This person will be a pariah, a person that everyone shuns [...]

    16. This book is amazing Goobie seems to perfectly capture the agony of being a teenager, or any period of intense stress and isolation and transition The Lottery was published in 2002 but it reminds me of Lois Duncan YA novels from the 70s like I Know What You Did Last Summer not to be confused with the mediocre movie version The characters are complex and likable, even the jerks I was enraptured from start to finish.EDIT I accidentally put this review under The Lottery by Shirley Jackson initially [...]

    17. A high school girl, Sally, is about to discover what it is like to 18win 19 the lottery at her school Who runs it The Shadow Council Who are they A powerful group of senior students.What does the 18winner 19 get To be treated like as a slave by the council isolated from her friends or they too will be punished But what will she do when the Shadow Council 19s demands become brutal A dark and powerful psychological thriller that will have you wondering 18what would I have done 19 from beginning t [...]

    18. As an adult when I was reading this book, I found the whole storyline unbelievable To think that this type of bullying would go on and not one student in the whole school, year after year, would say a word is not realistic But then I realized this book is not really written for adult reading it is for teens and teens do have the misconception that something like this is possible Teens think they can get away with anything as long as they are clever and that adults really don t care Given that th [...]

    19. This book was amazing.It dealt with the topic bullying in such a special way and I mean they actually dealt with it I cried a lot and I couldn t lay this book down I read it in a whole setting and I only do this with actually extra ordinary books Okay, I admit I laid it down a few times to calm down because it was quite upsetting and sad and woah Just so good.This was one of the few books I didn t think would be as good as it was It surprised me and it sure as hell didn t disappoint me.5 5 well [...]

    20. Soooo, this book is marketed as a thriller Right, well, it s like a teenage angst ridden jaunt through a year in high school, about friendship and band class than anything else At least what I remember from it The protagonist isn t that engaging, and nor are some of the other main characters, but I remember really liking the secondary characters they certainly fleshed out the world of high school much .Probably need a reread if that summary is actually nothing as to how I remember this book, h [...]

    21. This is not a book I would typically read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it There are so many truthful messages that you can get out of this book I really like Goobie s honesty about bullying The whole concept that everyone wants a victim, even the victim himself is very unique in a perverse sort of way It makes you realize that one person can make a small difference that means the world to someone else It was excellently written I loved complicated past that Sal had, how Bryden was in a wheelchair, [...]

    22. A very good book it s a combination of the Lottery by Shirley Jackson The Chocolate War by Cormier mostly Chocolate Wars Sal is picked by the Shadow to be the lottery winner or victim depending on how you looked at it It changes her life and how she views the world and I really liked this bully story, even though it is rather dark I especially liked the quote Who could I be if I wasn t always so afraid This book really made me think.

    23. Immensely enjoyable read about the devastating powers of peer pressure and conformity If it s happening to the other guy, it s not happening to me We learn that early on and too many people take this lesson into their adult lives We need to teach our children to be courageous and stand up for what s right Canada s Chocolate War Sure to appeal to a teen audience.

    24. Sal has won the lottery at Saskatoon Collegiate for the school year she will be ordered around by Shadow Council to deliver their clandestine orders and no student in the school will be allowed to talk to her She and her family are still recovering from her father s suicide and this additional pressure exposes new secrets.

    25. I didn t finish Was pretty unrealistic and I know that doesn t really apply to books these days I guess I couldn t get past the band references They described way to much detail about playing their instruments It just didn t flow and didn t make much sense as far as high school relations go I think the idea had great potential but was executed poorly.

    26. I don t know why, but I loved this book up until 3 4 of the way through I wasn t a fan of the ending The author had it set up for something really incredible and it just sort of fizzled out But great character and plot development up until that point I like books that are hard to explain and summarize to people and this was exactly that Still worth reading.

    27. quite an interesting thrill ride with very cruel twists, one that drives the emotions in a sense that you just don t want too stop reading I do feel sorry for the poor girl, and makes me reflect on how its also a very dramatized version of the real life of growing up in a school full of bullies good read.

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