Beat the Odds
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
Ana has three choices: One, stay with her abusive foster parents and watch her little sister, Izzy, get hurt. Two, expose their abuse and risk being separated from Izzy. Or three, join the Contest, win the prize money, and escape together. No matter what Ana chooses, the odds are against her.
But the Contest may turn out to be the most dangerous option of all.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||High/Low, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Darby Creek ™|
|Number of Pages||104|
|Reading Counts! Level||4.4|
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.
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Four teenagers in need of money and a second chance are offered the chance to enter a mysterious high-stakes “contest” with a $10 million prize. To compete, they each must do a series of strange tasks—and they gradually realize that they’re caught in an elaborate plot… View available downloads →
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