'You know how it works. Everyone cooperates. Everyone wants a victim, Sally...and now it's your turn.
Now you're Shadow's victim, Shadow's dud for the year.
We'll assign you duties and you'll perform them. When we pull your leash, you'll come.'15-year-old Sally Hanson's school is secretly ruled by a group of students known as the 'Shadow Council'.
At the beginning of every school year, the Shadow Council hold The Lottery, an infamous ritual in which a student is chosen to be the year's 'victim' - a person who is shunned by the entire school and forced to obey the Shadow Council's every wish.
This year Sally is the Shadow Council's victim - and she is about to face the worst year of her life.
Resistance is futile and loyal friends are ignoring her.
However, Sally has been hiding a horrifying secret - a secret that threatens to overwhelm her as the betrayal and psychological torture grows.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 05/01/2006
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780571228638
- Paperback from £5.79