Stay in the Game

From the Series The Contest

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

The prize: $10 million
The rules: Be the first to complete ten tasks assigned by the Benefactor. Do not ask questions. Do not tell anyone what you’re doing. Do not fail.
The consequences: Unknown

James’s grandpa is dying. An experimental treatment has a chance of saving him, but James’s family can’t afford it. Not unless James competes in the Contest. The rules are sketchy, and the tasks seem dangerous…and definitely wrong. James has the feeling this contest is about a lot more than the prize money. But he can’t back out now—can he?

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2016-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.1
Text Type Fiction—Action/Adventure
BISACS YAF062000, YAF001000, YAF058000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 520
ATOS Reading Level 4.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 180568
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed



“The books create a thrill-seeking sense of impending disaster. . . . The series offers a perfect choice for adolescents who struggle to find easy-to-access plots with believable characters.”—VOYA

Booklist Online

“There is plenty of fast-paced suspense to keep the interest of reluctant readers. . . . [T]his suspenseful series starter is a good purchase for libraries looking to add more genre fiction to their high/low collections.”—Booklist Online

Publishers Weekly

“Breathless pacing and an exciting cliffhanger ending offer solid hooks for readers to seek out the subsequent volumes . . . all available simultaneously.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Extremely short and written quite simply, they emphasize page-turning suspense . . . compelling readers, reluctant or not, to continue with the series. . . . Highly engaging, with more to come.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Megan Atwood

Megan Atwood lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing at a local college and the Loft Literary Center. She has an M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults.