ACHUKA Book of the Day 16 Jun 2021
TIE-IN [of a 2014 title] TO THE MAJOR NEW AMAZON PRIME SERIES
“The only thing more terrifying than the game itself is not getting the chance to play it.” KIRKUS
“Out of all my books, I wanted to explore it on TV because I loved the community and the town and the opportunity to explore different storylines, which I didn’t have space for in the book.” Lauren Oliver, VARIETY 
“Oliver brings a high-concept, high-stakes conceit to Main Street USA, and the result is as uncomfortable as it is thrilling.” Publishers Weekly
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
Oliver is a 2012 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee for her middle-grade novel Liesl & Po, as well as author of the middle-grade fantasy novel The Spindlers and the New York Times bestselling Curiosity House series, co-written with H.C. Chester. Her newest middle-grade novel, The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street, was published February 11, 2020 by Harper Children’s book division; it was a Junior Library Guild selection and garnered three pre-publication starred reviews. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms, a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
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