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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Truth or Dare (Teen Fiction)

Released August 2009

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Eighth grade is off to a roaring start and Lindsay Martin and her best friends are ready to make the most of it. One of their goals is to be a little more adventurous. By this, they plan to have weekly sleepovers at one of the homes where they will engage in a game of Truth of Dare.

Lindsay's grown up in a household where religion is a big part of their lives. What will she do when the dares become more and more dangerous?

Nicole O'Dell's first Scenarios novel is perfect for ages 13 and up. There is a minor religious undertone, but it's not overpowering or preachy. I think any 13 year old will enjoy this unique series.

It is unique because the reader decides how the book will play out. Remember the Choose-Your-Own Adventures of the 1980s? TRUTH OR DARE is similar. You don't make every decision along the way, but the reader does choose between two options when the main dilemma occurs. And once you've read one ending, you can always go back and read the other.

Topics covered in the Scenarios series seem to be issues that most kids will face. Peer pressure being a main component in this novel.

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