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Laurel discovers her passion for investigative journalism when she writes an article for her school paper about the homeless man who's been living at the school. Eager to write more articles with impact, she launches an investigation of a cheating scam at her high school. Laurel's efforts elicit hostility from her classmates. Nobody is interested in seeing her article go t ...more
Hardcover, 107 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Orca Book Publishers
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Well, I don't like the moral of this book. Yeah, she says, "we all have to live with ourselves" but in the end she decides she can't think of cheating as wrong because there are motives behind it that might make it necessary. Um.... no. If there's something in your life that is making it so you HAVE to pass a class, or get better grades, or pass a certain test, and you care enough to go to the trouble of cheating.... then mayeb you should care enough to go to the trouble of learning... and worki ...more
Oct 05, 2016 Fruitloopz rated it did not like it
I have abounded this book because their was to much going on first she rights a newspaper and everyone loved it and a company wanted her but they never got back to the company so the company was not in the book at all
Desiree Lo
Jan 15, 2014 Desiree Lo rated it really liked it
Author:Kristin Butcher

This is a book about a girl who writes an article for the school newspaper and turns into the school reporter. She was in class one day when she was trying to think about what to write. She sees two boys cheating on a test so she wrote about the way they are cheating. Everyone, even her brother, get mad at her for "blaming" people for cheating. Someone writes her a note saying people are cheating on a test so she writes about it. She finds out something that she
I liked Laurel's passion to right a wrong she saw committed and felt the backlash she received for it a little unbelievable. In my opinion, too many of the characters thought cheating was okay to do sometimes and Laurel shouldn't make a big deal out of it. I thought it was wrong how Laurel's thinking about the issue changed once she discovered who all was involved in the "Scandal". I would've like a little more detail for the ending, but it was still a good story for the most part.
Mia Sebti
Nov 24, 2015 Mia Sebti rated it really liked it
Cheat is a book written by Kristin Butcher. In this book the protagonist is Laurel Quinn.
This story takes place in a regular high school. Laurel is a journalist who is trying to write an article as good as the one that got her a job at the New York Times magazine. While she is taking a test she sees a boy lifting one finger. And every time he did that someone else would write on their paper. They were obviously cheating but for how long had it been happening? How much people were involved? How c
Jan 19, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok
I felt like this book was written for a much younger audience than a lot of other YA, which is fine, but it surprised me a bit. This one was a really quick read, though... took maybe an hour, hour and a half to read altogether.

I felt like this book set out to send out a message to its readers, so things like characters weren't given a lot of thought. They don't have much depth, and there's not a whole lot of character development and whatnot here. But I also kind of felt that toward the end of t
Cheat (2010) by Kristin Butcher. Genre: High School Hi-Low. This book tells the story of Laurel a teenage girl in High School with a strong love for investigative writing. As the title, the main focus of the novel centers on a student cheating scandal. When Laurel spots two of her fellow students cheating on a test, she does not pass up the opportunity to investigate and report the situation. Even with others around her recommending that she not go any further, Laurel is determined to report the ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Zhen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-2012
"Cheat" by Kristin Butcher is a compelling story about Laurel Quinn's process of discovering the scammer. A informer notified her that there's a cheating scam in Mr. Draper's class. So Laurel got a list of students and their grades. Later, she founds out that the scammer is Sean, her brother's friend, while hiding under the desk. Laurel hides in the girl's bathroom and sees her brother, Jack, is switching the answer sheets. Laurel was shocked!! The scammer was her brother, Jack. All Laurel want ...more
Jun 02, 2015 AbsentLibrarian rated it it was ok
This was a look at the moral question of what to do when you discover there is cheating going on. Do you 'rat' out people? Do you keep your mouth shut? Do you consider what exposure will do to those involved or does the concept of fairness win out?

I was surprised at the one-sided reactions from Laurel's friends and classmates. It didn't ring true that everyone would be so adamant. I also thought that the inclusion of a faculty advisor, or senior student, running the paper would have offered som
Jul 20, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: hi-lo
Cheat is about a young girl, Laurel, a spunky journalist. After Laurel witnesses students cheating on a test she decides to write an article about it for the school newspaper. Quickly after the article runs everybody dislikes her. She gets a tip that the cheating is a bigger issue. Laurel goes all Nancy Drew to solve the mystery. However, she is shocked with the results.

Pros: This book was a nonstop reader. I opened it up and did not put it down until I was finished. The book was about real time
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am reading Cheat BY Kristen Butcher i am done it is a realistic fiction.
I think i am like the main character because i wanna get that last missing clue like he does and you just feel like never giving up. I like this book because its a mystery and when he hides in the bathroom waiting for that kid to come steal the answers the teacher come and when the kid goes in the room he jgrabs his jacket instead. then his brother calls when hes waiting in the bathroom he says were are you and he says sch
Mar 13, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, orca, read-2011
Laurel is an aspiring journalist. She see two students cheating on a test and then gets a tip that a bigger cheating scandal is taking place on her high school campus. Although repeatedly told to back off the story, she forges on with her investigation, losing friends along the way. She is shocked to learn the identity of the person in charge of the cheating ring—someone she knows very well. Laurel comes to realize that the consequences of following the trail to truth may not always be what’s in ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
This book is on my district's list of recommended books for struggling readers. I found it on MackinVIA and decided to give it a try.

It's a really quick read. It's straight forward with a bit of meat to chew on. The story is simple but complicated in the ramifications of friendships, relationships, and how a few bad decisions can change lives.

I don't know who I'll recommend this book to but I have the feeling it ought to be read by more of my students.
Kimmie Skinner
May 31, 2016 Kimmie Skinner rated it liked it
This book was okay. It was hard to get into and tough to read in the sense that it was boring and the language was too simple. It was a quick read and was interesting towards the end. I thought the book was wrapped up well and did not leave any loose ends. The ending surprised me and was not what I thought it be. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read.
Colin Stevens
Jun 12, 2016 Colin Stevens rated it liked it
Cheat was a good short story that sums up what it's like to be a high schooler. Laurel, a highschool journalist, investigated a cheating scam going on at her school. After writing an article on it, everyone at school was suddenly against her. It was then that she realized just how big the scam was and that the people she was closest to were running it.
Xiao Mei
Jun 15, 2012 Xiao Mei rated it liked it
Shelves: sophomore-year
The plot of this novel is very interesting. The main character who is a journalist, Laurel, investigates a cheating scam at her high school. However, no one in her school has interest in her investigation, not even her brother. Along the way, she lost friends. This novel seems very interesting to me because once the truth was revealed, it was shocking. i recommend this book to teenagers.
Dec 10, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
I thought this book has a lot of anticipation. She would go from one person and then see someone else be the one who starts the cheating scam. I thought that it was a very good book I like how the author planed the plot.
Jan 08, 2015 Jenn rated it it was ok
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Dec 31, 2014 Janet rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
If you are into relativism and hypocrisy, this is the book for you.

The protagonist lies to get the facts to expose the cheaters but when confronted by those who think cheating is not a big deal, she decides cheating isn't so bad after all.
May 28, 2014 Ebehi rated it liked it
It seems like this was written for a much younger audience, and the story was okay, but the ending seemed forced and made the book fall flat.
Jen Lee-Olmstead
Oct 30, 2016 Jen Lee-Olmstead rated it it was ok
(YA) There's a good story in here, but it was wrapped up too quickly.
Dec 09, 2012 Ruman added it
aswome book
Dec 22, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has lots of potential that never really developed. It was,however, open ended that might be used in discussions.
Nov 10, 2015 Franklin rated it really liked it
I think its a good book. It got exciting when she was trying to find out who was giving out cheat sheets.
Alex Zapinski
Sep 19, 2012 Alex Zapinski rated it liked it
Quick read, but an unsatisfactory ending.
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I love to dance. I love to laugh. I love to learn. Crossword puzzles relax me. Waiting frustrates me. I like spending time by myself. I use way too much salt. I make New Year's resolutions. My ideal job would be writing a television sitcom. The Great Gilly Hopkins is my favorite kids' book. I appreciate witty people. I dislike whiners. I have better friends than I deserve and a family that gives m ...more
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