Hrdlitschka, Shelley. Gotcha!(Young adult review) (Brief article) (Book review)

Author:MacGregor, Amanda

HRDLITSCHKA, Shelley, Gotcha! Orca. 259p. c2008. 978-1-55143-737-8. $9.95. S

The senior class of Slippery Rock High School is psyched to play Gotcha, a traditional pre-graduation game now banned by the school's administration. The students take their game underground, hiding it from the officials. In Gotcha, each participant has a bead on a string and the name of a "victim." Once the victim is tagged, the other student gets the bead and the name of the victim. The game goes on until there is only one player remaining. The cost to enter into the game is $10, and the winner will receive $2,120. It seems harmless enough, but the game is essentially encouraging the students to stalk one another and scheme against each other. Katie doesn't want to participate, but can't get out of it. When she loans her father the prize money, she ends up determined to win. The game quickly spirals out of...

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