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It's "bead season" at slippery rock high. This year the bead-snatching grad game called "Gotcha" has been banned as an official school activity because the teachers have decided to put an end to a dangerous tradition. After paying an entry fee the players are given a bead and someone's name. The object of the game is to snatch the bead of your victim and take their name. The winner ends up with all the beads -- and all the money. After the game is banned it becomes even more appealing. The game goes underground and more grads than ever are participating. Katie is reluctant to join in, but as a member of grad council she feels she has to go along. The game quickly spins out of control. Katie finds herself losing friends and falling victim to her classmates' obsession with the game. She considers dropping out of the game but then devises a better way of getting even with her classmates. Katie finds herself sliding further and further down the chute that leads to disaster. Can she bring a safe end to this deadly game?
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Gotcha! Shelley Hrdlit schka
Orca Book Publishers
Text copyright ©2008Shelley Hrdlitschka
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Hrdlitschka, Shelley, 1956 Gotcha / Shelley Hrdlitschka.
ISBN 9781551437378 I. Title.
PS8565.R44G68 2008 jC813’.54 C20089004825
First published in the United States,2008
Library of Congress Control Number:2008921105
Summary: The grade twelve beadsnatching game called Gotcha becomes dangerous, and Katie finds herself swept away.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover image and design by Teresa Bubela Text design by Teresa Bubela
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Stn. B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
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11 10 09 08 • 4 3 2 1
For Cara Lee, with love, always.
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Once again, this book would not have been completed without the gentle prodding from my dear friends and fellow writers Beryl Young, Kim Denman and Diane Tullson. Thank you for your wisdom and continued support. A special thank-you to the students of Seycove Secondary School in North Vancouver, especially the grad classesof ’04 and ’06, for inspiring the book and sharing Gotcha (bead game) stories.
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From: dannyo56@hotmail.com To: kitttiekat17@hotmail.com Subject: hi
Dear Katie,
Just a quick note to tell you I love you and miss you and hope to see you soon. I know I shouldn’t have left in the middle of the night without saying goodbye, but it was a spur of the moment decision. I guess you knew that your mom and I were having some problems, and we need time apart. Please don’t be mad. Things are looking up for me right now. I’ve had a job interview, and I have a good feeling about this one. I am going to make you proud of me, Katie.
Talk to you soon. :D/xo Dad