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Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemed simple enough&150they were given the answers from last year's test and they used them. But Sarah and her friends got caught, and what was done without much thought leads to greater and greater consequences. Now they are facing punishment at school, tension at home, and no one is sure how or when it will e ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Speak (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jessica
This is a book that I picked up as a MS reading teacher. I try to read books to recommend for my students. I would NOT recommend this book. The book focuses on a group of friends who get caught (some not caught) cheating on a midterm. The narration moves from person to person. I felt like there were too many voices--4 main, 2 supporting--for middle school students to follow. Because there were so many voice, the characters, in my opinion, were never really developed at all. I found myself asking ...more
Stephen
This is a short "tempest in a teapot" story about 5 youth over the course of five days involved in a cheating scandal. Told from 5 POV's the story manages to capture much of the angst of the social pecking order that is a public school.

One thing that I found troubling in this works is that the parent were predominantly self-absorbed and no wiser than their children.

This isn't intended to be a searing analysis of the issues behind cheating but many aspects of the issue are illuminated. Perhaps
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Pendred Noyce
Aug 15, 2010 Pendred Noyce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grades 4-8
This is a middle school book about cheating on a geography midterm. What makes it charming and thought-provoking is the fact that it's told from the points of view of six kids who were involved, with 2 or 3 pages of text at a time told in each kid's distinctive voice. The voices are great: they make the book.

We have Jake, the nerdy kid who offered the answers to Sarah because he has a crush on her; Sarah who receives the gift and thoughtlessly passes it on to three others; Dan, the player, who n
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Richie Partington
13 October 2002 THE CHEAT by Amy Goldman Koss, Dial Books, February 2003

"I wondered if Jake was sweating it out this weekend, waiting for Mr. Principal to get word of his role in our little play.

"How did it work, guilt-wise, I wondered. Was Jake as guilty as me? Was I more or less guilty than Dan and Rob? How much less guilty was Katie for not using the answers? Did that make her entirely innocent? Or did she at least get tiny black flecks on her soul for even considering cheating?

"And how about
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Carrie Lawler
The Cheat gets inside the minds of six, eighth-grade students caught up in a cheating scandal at their school. While some of the students actually participated in the cheating, some are simply linked to a cheater- unaware of the deception. The six students tell their story through first-person point of view, and therefore, it gives an interesting insight to how primary versus secondary events can directly affect people's lives. This perspective also shows what motivates characters to react the w ...more
Alicia  Neely
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Jessie
This is written in a different style. Each chapter is a different character in the story telling his or her view of the events. I liked it but it was hard to keep the characters separate, probably because I read this book so slowly during channel one time. **stop here for spoilers** A cute popular girl asks a not so popular boy to steal his sisters exam from last year so that they won't have to study. The book shows how getting caught effects different people, and families in different ways. The ...more
Alexis
The book I read was called, "The Cheat" by Amy Goldman Koss. It is about a few students who get caught cheating on a geography midterm. When the students are called into the principal's office, they dont know what to do or think. They are paranoid of what is going to happen and what is going to happen when their parents hear what they did. Her purpose was to explain and try to create a picture to her audience on what goes through a student's mind when they are caught cheating. The Cheat is a gre ...more
Grace
My sister suggested this book; she was obsessed with the author Amy Goldman Koss. The title picture looked scary, so I hesitated for awhile. The summary of the book was really good so I started reading it. I really enjoyed this book, but I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite book.

I already knew that cheating was bad, but after reading this book I learned what actually happens. Usually teachers and parent always say that cheating leads to bad life, but they never explain what happens. In this book it e
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Megan
Jake thought it was his passageway into popularity. He didn't know what he was doing. Sarah thought it would help her just in case. She didn't know what would happen. Katie thought it was just part of her friendship with Sarah. She didn't know what it really was. Rob thought it would take off some of the pressure. He didn't know what it would do to him. Dan thought it would save time. He didn't know what it would make him into. The smart one came from behind. Ruby was against it the whole time. ...more
Emma-Jean
Sarah, Dan, and Rob are in a pickle. Jake, a boy long for Sarah's attention, agrees to provide her with his sisters midterm test answers. He soon learns that was a BIG mistake! Every kid has their own problem, including Ruby and Katie. Ruby and Rob have been off and on dating and Katie is scare for her friends to be suspended. Mr. Chen (the children's principal) is determined to get the situation of "cheating" figured out. Sarah has been suspended until she fesses up who she got the test answer ...more
Joselin Romero
The Cheat, is about six eighth graders who cheat on a geography midterm. Katie, Rob, Jake, Dan, Sarah, and Ruby are the six eighth graders who decide to take the easy way out and choose to cheat on a midterm. Katie talked Jake into giving her the answers from last years midterm from his sister. All five students find different ways of remembering the answers by writing songs etc. Unfortunately, their plan does not come out how they planned because they all get caught and get in trouble. The puni ...more
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Title: The Cheat

Author: Amy Goldman Koss

Series: N/A

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

Summary: Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemed simple enough and they were given the answers from last year's test and they used them. But Sarah and her friends got caught, and what was done without much thought leads to greater and greater consequences. Now they are facing punishment at school, tension at home, and no one is sure how or when it will end.

Review: Death by boredom.

Things I Loved:
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Jackie
Sarah, the hot, popular eighth grade girl bats her eyes at Jake, the geeky nerd. She asks him to get the answers to the midterm from his brilliant older sister. He does, but what he doesn't know is that teachers aren't stupid. They actually change the test from year-to-year and try to outwit The Cheat. Sarah passes the answers to jocks Dan and Rob and of course they all get caught...because teachers aren't stupid.

What does happen though, is that Sarah refuses to name her source which lands her
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Susan
Sep 27, 2008 Susan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one, frankly
Shelves: 2008read, youngadult
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Maddy
Although not very intricate, I think the idea behind this book is valuable. 3 students are caught cheating and each of them,along with other students involved in the drama, take turns telling their part of the story. The book would be valuable to teach in term 4 with the narrative unit of writing to teach voice. Each student has a unique voice and it would be a fun book to read aloud in class. It could open discussion about how to create characters and voice with words.
Paula Stock
One girl gets the answers for the midterm test, and she shares them with two other classmates. Then they are caught. This is a good story using several different perspectives. There are not only the three "cheaters", but also others who were involved in different ways. I think the author does a good job of giving a realistic view of feelings of these kids.
Julie
This is the story of a group of eighth graders who in one way or another were given the answers to the geography quiz. Each chapter is told by a different character including some who did not receive the answers. The ones who got the answers didn't really think about it too much, it just made their lives easier...until it is time to face the consequences. Each faces different struggles with what to do and how to do it.

This is a good story and does show how easily a student can get themselves int
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Kailey M.
I thought this book was pretty good. Each chapter seemed to show emphasis on a different character in the story and what they were thinking about and why they cheated and what they thought the consequences would be for cheating. The book started with one kid,Sarah, getting the answers to last year's midterm exam and then deciding to share those answers with some of her friends. The test graders could tell there were a few kids who had exactly the same answer for every question so they knew somet ...more
Leys
I'd give this zero stars if GoodReads allowed such... This book is too terrible for words. I wanted to rip it into tiny pieces several times, actually. Ugh. Such a stupid story.
Kim Straub
Great book talk story for eighth graders. Many discussions good discussions about cheating and other teen age dilemmas can be gleaned from this quick read.
Kristin
The concept behind this book was fine, but the dialogue was too poorly written to be enjoyable. Luckily, it was only a one-day read, and it was only $2.
Chasity Jones
I like that this was told from many perspectives. All of the characters involved have their own stories.
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Dayna Smith
This is a book about six students who are involved in cheating to one degree or another. Each chapter in the book is written from the point of view of a different student. Koss does a really good job of showing us the different perspectives of a typical cross section of middle school kids. The frequent switch in point of view may make this a difficult book for some readers. As a teacher, I find it annoying that while the students have to deal with the consequences of cheating not all of them eve ...more
Chloe
In The Cheat by Amy Goldman Koss is about middle schoolers who get their hands on a midterm. They hear its the same as last years so a young girl, Sarah shares the paper with her friends. They get caught and nothing is as it was. The kids all defend one another and soon they face consequences at school and at home. The point of view flips for each chapter and I like how the author writes it. I really enjoyed the cheat and recommend it to anyone looking for a realistic fiction leading to a slight ...more
Aiden
The Cheat is about a group of 8th grade students who are caught cheating on a major test. They soon find out that cheating isn't all that its cracked up to be, and they learn an important life lesson. Who will be the first to step uo and take the blame for giving out the answers? Find out in the cheat. This book is really good. I loved how the author wrote each different character with a different writing style, it really helped me visualize the characters and get to know them better.
Betsy Jibson
I felt like in this book this author was tryign to recreate the previous success of "The girls" It's the story of five kids who get caught chating on a test, and the conswquences. It's interesting enough to read, mostly for a character that has family issues with his father; an interesting psychological study. The main girl is funny too, she has a gift/fascination for playing with words, and is usually misunderstood by her family. Accurate possibly, but not engaging
Christina
Eighth graders who have never before cheated in school, decide to do so on one test, and then face the consequences. Each chapter is from a different point of view, as each character reacts--either it's no big deal, or it's a big deal and throws them into cold sweats, and so on. Some students are afraid of how their parents will react when they find out about the cheating. And the big question, will they narc on who got them the test answers? Very interesting book.
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