Stay in the Game
From the Series The Contest
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?
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Fiction, High/Low, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Darby Creek ™, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||104|
|Reading Counts! Level||4.1|
“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
“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
“Breathless pacing and an exciting cliffhanger ending offer solid hooks for readers to seek out the subsequent volumes . . . all available simultaneously.”—Publishers Weekly
“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.