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The Beckoners


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Carrie Mac's first novel The Beckoners won the Arthur Ellis YA Award, is a CLA Honour book. She is available for school and library presentations, and has been known to hold the interest of a couple hundred teens where others have failed. Maybe it's the tattoos. For more information, visit


Gr 9 Up-In this stark, atmospheric novel, Zoe's almost-normal life deteriorates rapidly when her mother moves the family to a new town where the school is run by a ruthless gang. Even before the 15-year-old is brutally initiated into the Beckoners, she has serious doubts about her ability to survive. But the situation only gets worse as she struggles with her conscience over the Beckoners' obsessively cruel attacks on the school loser. Zoe risks further alienation as she treads a minefield of deceit, honor, disgust, and self-protection. The adults in her world are so ineffectual, deluded, or disengaged that there is little hope of breaking the gang's tyrannical hold on the community. Mac's novel compellingly portrays the herd mentality that every uncool teen dreads. The pacing is gripping and relentless-readers can expect violence, sex, rough language, and out-of-control behavior. The devastating (yet almost predictable) climax scarcely provides the relief and redemption needed to clear the mind of the horror and tragedy at the hands of such severely disturbed young people.-Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"A beautifully written...terrifying, compelling book...impossible to forget."--NMRLS Youth Services
"Hard-hitting...saturated with a sense of foreboding...a provocative and realistic portrayal of what it means to be a victim and a tormentor. Rated: Good."--Resource Links
"Will be one of those sleeper novels passed from hand to hand by teenagers...It will probably disappear from your library collections, the ultimate approval rating. Buy your five copies now and keep one behind the counter. Highly Recommended."--CM Magazine
"What author Carrie Mac has managed to do is write honestly...Mac has finally deemed kids capable of handling both the nitty and the gritty."--Peak Publications Society SFU
"This is a book that will be passed from teen to teen for the naughty bits, but along the way it will challenge young people to reflect on what they accept and dismiss..."--Canadian Children's Book News

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