The Lottery

Every student at Saskatoon Collegiate knew that all the most important aspects of school life were controlled by a secret club called Shadow Council. Each fall, Shadow held a traditional lottery during which a single student's name was drawn. The rest of the student body called the student the lottery winner. But Shadow Council knew better; to them the winner was the lottery victim. Whatever the label, the fated student became the Council's go-fer, delivering messages of doom to selected targets. In response, the student body shunned the lottery winner for the entire year. This year's victim was fifteen-year-old Sally Hanson.

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By Michele (Netherlands) · ★★★★★ · November 09, 2010
Interest level: 8th +
Reading level: medium
Genre: realistic fiction, schools, bullying, intimidation, outcasts, trial by fire

The Lottery is a pretty disturbing story about a secret high school club called the "Shadow Council". Every fall, the council holds a lottery and a single student's name is... ...more
By Barbara · ★★★★☆ · March 21, 2014
With a nod to both Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War, Beth Goobie’s The Lottery is still an original take on the high school scapegoat story. The novel is complex because it interweaves other issues into the plot, specifically mental and physical disabilities,... ...more
By 5zakazi (Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 19, 2011
The premise of the book with its secret society and whole 'victim' concept was intriguing but I think it was stretched too thin. Honestly the society didn't do anything FOR the students in anyway, so why was it revered so much and how come no one went to a superior with this? I mean Jenny Weaver... ...more
By Thomas (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · April 12, 2009
"The Lottery" is about fifteen year old Sally Hanson, who was chosen randomly out of fifteen hundred students to be the Shadow Council's new go-fer. The phrase "everybody loves a victim" is used numerous times to describe her predictament, seeing as everyone in the school including her former bes... ...more
By Tweedledum · ★★★★★ · October 24, 2013
Set in a secondary school where a group of senior pupils are secretly controlling the school via a lottery,in which I pupil is chosen each year to carry out their wishes, the book is all about the way in which collusion and fear can quickly take hold and spread like wildfire. Wining the lottery i... ...more
By Booksignblades (Coquitlam, BC, Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · September 16, 2010
I'd say more of a 3 1/2 for this book.

The book, to me, was kind of Outsiders-esque, or that kind of thing. I only picked it up because I recognized the cover at my school's library, from the bookstore when I was browsing then. (I was drawn to the title because of Shirley Jackson's "the Lottery",... ...more
By Mersini (Sydney, 02, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · August 30, 2014
Have you ever picked up a book without knowing a single thing about it? Because I did with this one. And I'm glad I did. I was impressed.

The cover makes it look like it's one of those teen paranormal books, but it's not. It's about a girl and her friends caught up in a very strange school traditi... ...more
By Karissa (Katy, TX) · ★★★☆☆ · April 19, 2012
The good thing about this book is that it is a good read. It kind of has The Chocolate Wars kind of feel to it, but not really.

Basically there is a council of students, mainly of juniors and seniors, that "rule" the school. They have a lottery every year of the students in the school. The so-cal... ...more
By Andersreads (Hillsborough, NC) · ★★★★☆ · September 20, 2013
I really enjoyed this captivating, suspenseful novel, which is set in a high school that has a "secret" student organization (Shadow Club). This club essentially threatens and bullies the student body into either doing its bidding or quietly going along (so as to avoid retribution--such as gettin... ...more