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Cheating Lessons

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ISBN13: 9780689860188
ISBN10: 0689860188
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Can honesty be the worst policy?

Bernadette Terrell has always known the right thing to do. Not the most popular girl in school, her focus has always been on academic, not social, success. When her favorite teacher names her to Wickham High School's state championship quiz bowl team, she believes that she has reached the pinnacle of her high school academic career. However, her elation quickly fades as she begins to suspect that perhaps someone cheated to get Wickham into the contest and is cheating still.

In her search for answers, Bernadette must contend with a situation that isn't black and white, where a community's hope, hard work, and pride are on the line. Is a team — and a school — implicated by one person's behavior?

Cappo's blend of suspense and humor makes Cheating Lessons a riveting story about right and wrong — and the downside of trust.

Synopsis:

In this deftly written first novel, 17-year-old Bernadette Terrell has always felt she knows the right thing to do, Now must contend with a situation that doesn't have black-and-white answers, where a community's hope, hard work, and pride are on the line.

About the Author

Nan willard Cappo has been a waitress, a speechwriter, a nurse recruiter, and a computer marketing representative for IBM. In 1992 she won the Judy Blume Contemporary Novel-in-Progress Grant given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives outside Detroit, Michigan, with her husband and three children, all of them devoted Jeopardy! fans. Cheating Lessons is her first novel.

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emmejo, December 11, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Bernadette loves to win. She enjoys ripping apart her opponent's argument in debate, she likes getting the best grade and she has to have the final word in a fight. When her school gets to participate in a televised academic quiz she is delighted, she will get a chance to prove she can beat them all. But she starts to suspect that her school isn't there fairly, that someone cheated to get them in and will keep cheating until they win. Worried, after all how much is a false victory worth?, she starts to try and find out if everyone is playing fair. Meanwhile she wonders if she can actually tell anyone, because it would mean such a blow to her pride.

I found Bernadette a very unpleasant heroine. She is spoiled, selfish, egotistical, and rude. I found myself hoping something drastic would happen to knock her off her high horse. A few of the supporting characters were interesting, but they didn't come close to making up for Bernadette. The writing was solid and the plot interesting, but oh, how I hated the heroine!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689860188
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Location:
New York
Author:
Cappo, Nan Willard
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Social Situations - Values
Subject:
Contests
Subject:
Cheating.
Subject:
Situations / Peer Pressure
Subject:
Situations / Values
Subject:
Social Issues - Values
Subject:
Honesty
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Simon Pulse ed.
Edition Description:
B101
Series Volume:
no. 03-10-030
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Grade Level:
Young adult
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
6.97x4.17x.28 in. .31 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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"Synopsis" by , In this deftly written first novel, 17-year-old Bernadette Terrell has always felt she knows the right thing to do, Now must contend with a situation that doesn't have black-and-white answers, where a community's hope, hard work, and pride are on the line.
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