February 26, 2013

Girl gang

The Beckoners
by Carrie Mac

Fifteen-year-old Zoe, through a strong sense of self-preservation, agrees to become a Beckoner. Silently, she witnesses the Beckoners' obsessively cruel tactics against classmates and society. Her situation worsens when she does nothing to help April (Dog), the Beckoners' favourite victim. As Zoe wrestles with her conscience, the Beckoners become increasingly violent to the point where she can no longer tolerate them. But leaving the gang may be even more dangerous than staying.

Gripping and relentless, Mac's novel is a devastating, uncomfortable read. While the Beckoners are eventually brought to justice, the fallout can still be damaging. But by finally taking a stand, Zoe and April may be able to change their lives.

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