Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Daring Game” as Want to Read:
The Daring Game
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Daring Game

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  790 ratings  ·  20 reviews
At first Eliza is happy with her new life at boarding school, settling into the Yellow Dorm, making new friends, learning the rituals of school life and doing well in her classes. But a bond begins to develop between Eliza and Helen, a mischievous, unpopular girl who defies authority, plays practical jokes and doesn't seem to care what others think of her. It is Helen who ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 25th 1987 by Puffin Canada (first published 1986)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.80  · 
Rating details
 ·  790 ratings  ·  20 reviews

Sort order
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting, suspencful book. Kit Pearson does it again!
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars :) I enjoyed it
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this one!!
Sarah Thornton
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not the best of Kit Pearson's works, but delightful nonetheless. I felt like I was bracing the entire time for some tragedy that never happened.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
The story of Eliza and the girls of her dorm as they attend Ashdown Academy, a private girls' school. Set in Vancouver, 1964/65, this story tells of the growing friendships between Eliza with Helen, Carrie, Jean and Pam. While not a story I would typically read, I enjoyed looking for descriptions of Vancouver from a time when I was quite young.

"She was taking them all up Oakridge to shop ... The matron let them loose in Woodward's while she did her own shopping, with instructions to meet her in
The character's perspective and her excitement about boarding school, and being in that in between kid and teen space were all interesting aspects of this book. But, like Eliza in this book who is constantly disappointed at how her real life boarding school doesn't measure up to and isn't exciting like the ones she's read about, I felt disappointed at the lack of emotional or plot-driven punches in this book. It was like Pearson was leading you on to expect some kind of great disaster or big tro ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
A glorious, glorious re-read of one of my favourite books when I was a child/teen. I have always loved boarding school stories and this one held up well. I was surprised that I'd never noticed that the book takes place in Vancouver, but I guess that kind of thing wasn't important to a girl from Saskatoon. The friendships and main action of the story still delivered and I still really enjoyed the book. This is a story that hinges on the relationships between the characters and I found myself appr ...more
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love Kit Pearson. Eliza has always dreamed of attending a girls' boarding school and finally she is allowed to attend one in Vancouver. At first it seems like she might be getting mixed up with the wrong crowd, but she comes out at the end of the year more sure of herself and with many more friends.
Melissa W
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I won't say that this book is amazing, I will say that I really enjoyed it. A good look into the awkwardness of growing up, encompassed in an age in which there was lots of change and change that was changing the way society viewed itself. While the era isn't a prominent character in the book, it certainly isn't ignored.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nov-2015
Eliza goes to a girls' boarding school, and makes friends with a girl named Helen who acts wild. Helen institutes a game of daring each other to do crazy things. But when something goes wrong, what will Eliza do?
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-3rd-term
This is about a young girl named Eliza and her dorm mates and a private boarding school in Vancouver. One day one of her room-mates Helen thinks of this daring game, all they do is dare someone. This story shows all the mischief that the 5 girls get into
Shawna Hynes
great coming of age story
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
An ok book, by Kit Pearson.
Sarah Dawson
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Thanks Stella for reminding me of these!
Sara G
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I re-read this every year or two. A childhood favourite.
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
really amazing book about a girl who goes 2 bording school, and all the adventures has and it's also really funny.
Apr 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
Hey could anyone help me with finding out how to read the books while your on a tablet ?
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoy books by this Canadian author. Coming of age in a boarding school setting.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this one when I was a kid, but I didn't remember it at all, so nostalgia didn't come into play. It was an easy, fluffy read, and one that is good for the young audience it was intended for.
rated it liked it
Jun 26, 2016
rated it did not like it
Apr 13, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Mar 30, 2013
rated it liked it
May 16, 2014
Anna Lea
rated it liked it
Dec 28, 2009
Chloé Justine
rated it it was amazing
Feb 05, 2014
rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2012
rated it it was amazing
Apr 03, 2017
rated it liked it
Mar 24, 2014
rated it liked it
Feb 18, 2015
rated it it was amazing
May 27, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's the Name o...: All girls boarding school, dare games []s 4 148 Jul 28, 2012 06:56PM  
  • From Anna
  • Another Kind of Cowboy
  • The Root Cellar
  • Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur
  • The Keeper of the Isis Light (Isis, #1)
  • My Name is Seepeetza
  • Moira's Birthday
  • Hero of Lesser Causes
  • Underground to Canada
  • The Nine Days Queen (Beneath the Crown, #1)
  • Masha
  • Looking for X
  • Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth
  • Beverly Hills Maasai (Alexandria of Africa #2)
  • No Safe Harbour: The Halifax Explosion Diary of Charlotte Blackburn (Dear Canada))
  • Janey's Girl
Kit Pearson spent her childhood between Edmonton Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. As a high-school student, she returned to Vancouver to be educated at Crofton House School. She obtained a degree in English Literature at the University of Alberta, and spent several years following the degree doing odd jobs or travelling in Europe.
In 1975, she began her Library degree at the University of B