Honor Code

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Sam knows how lucky she is to be part of the elite Edwards Academy. As she dreams of getting into Harvard one day, she’s willing to do anything to fit in and excel at the private high school. Even if that means enduring hazing, signing up for a sport she hates, and attending the school dance with an upperclassman she barely knows.

But when she learns the high cost of entry, will Sam be willing to bury the worst night of her life in order to “keep the community sacred”? As the line between truth and justice blurs, Sam must find out for herself what honor really means.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 320
Publication Date 2018-03-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF054010, YAF058240, YAF029000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 720
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, and Reviewed

Author: Kiersi Burkhart

Kiersi Burkhart grew up riding horses on the Colorado Front Range. Now she resides in Wyoming with her best friend, her dog, writing fiction for children of all ages.



“[A] credible look at rape culture, private school societies, and what it takes for a female victim to have her voice heard. It is an excellent purchase choice for libraries that work with high school teens.”—VOYA

Kirkus Reviews

“[A]n explosive, harrowing tale. . . . A provocative and mostly compelling look at rape culture and the privilege that protects it.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A book to recommend to readers who enjoy relevant gritty issues . . .”—School Library Journal


“An intense look at rape on campus, this social media–savvy novel is a must-read.”—Booklist

Kendra Fortmeyer

“Not the private school book you’ve been prepping for—Honor Code weaves a seductively dark web and then burns the whole thing to the ground. Breathless, gritty and thrilling.”—Kendra Fortmeyer, author of Hole in the Middle

Rebecca K. Barrow

“Raw and rage-inducing, Honor Code will make you question what is right, what is real, and what we tell girls about their value in this world.”—Rebecca K. Barrow, author of You Don’t Know Me But I Know You

Kate Brauning

“Relentless, twisting, raw, and incredibly human.”—Kate Brauning, author of How We Fall

Emma Berquist

“Feminist and furious, Honor Code will have your heart racing and your blood boiling up to the last twisty page.”—Emma Berquist, author of Devils Unto Dust

Amy Giles

“Honor Code explores the harsh reality of victim shaming and how too often the very institutions designed to protect us are the ones to silence those who dare come forward. Tragic, gripping, and very important.”—Amy Giles, author of Now Is Everything