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Young Adult Fiction Film

I Dare You

by (author) Jeff Ross

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Film, Supernatural, Ghost Stories, Peer Pressure
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


What happens when a supernatural hoax turns into a real-life crime?

Sixteen-year-old Rainey is surprised when a video he made of a schoolyard fight goes viral. Two schoolmates, Jordan and Rowan, convince him to make another one, this time about a mysterious figure in the woods. Soon rumors are circulating that someone is out there kidnapping kids. Or maybe it’s a ghost. The teens are thrilled with the attention their prank is getting and are setting up a follow-up video when things go horribly wrong. A local woman, convinced that the ghost is related to the nightmares she’s been having for years, drives out to the area to investigate. The sight of Rowan in costume staggering across her path causes her to drive off the road. When the police start asking questions, Jordan and Rowan abandon Rainey. No one else knows what really happened but will a guilty conscience force Rainey to admit to his part in the accident or will he keep quiet?

About the author

Jeff Ross is an avid rider of boards. If you can stand sideways on something and propel yourself forward, backward and/or sideways, then sign him up. He spent his formative years standing sideways on a board in Thornbury, Ontario, and now stands sideways on boards in Ottawa, Ontario, where he teaches Scriptwriting and English at Algonquin College. More information can be found at

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  • Commended, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Quick Picks
  • Commended, YALSA Quick Picks
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standards Selection
  • Commended, A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection

Editorial Reviews

“Offers reluctant readers plenty of material to mull over when it comes to responsible behavior both on- and offline.”

Kirkus Reviews

“For schools and libraries looking for more in this high interest low vocabulary genre, I Dare You has promise. Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A great text for reluctant YA readers as it is high interest with short chapters and easy connections for most readers.”

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