Panic by Sharon M. Draper

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This gripping, chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, “by turns pulse-pounding and inspiring” (Kirkus Reviews), shows that all it takes is one bad decision for a dream to become a nightmare.

Diamond knows not to get into a car with a stranger.

But what if the stranger is well-dressed and handsome? On his way to meet his wife and daughter? And casting a movie that very night—a movie in need of a star dancer? What then?

Then Diamond might make the wrong decision.

It’s a nightmare come true: Diamond Landers has been kidnapped. She was at the mall with a friend, alone for only a few brief minutes—and now she’s being held captive, forced to endure horrors beyond what she ever could have dreamed, while her family and friends experience their own torments and wait desperately for any bit of news.

From New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, this is a riveting exploration of power: how quickly we can lose it—and how we can take it back.
 

About Sharon M. Draper

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Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author who has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire. Her Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and is a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.
 
Published March 12, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A troupe of high school dance students is rocked when one of their number disappears.

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A tumultuous week in the lives of students at the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy is told through a variety of viewpoints. Justin, the academy's principal male dancer, must continually defend himself aga

Mar 25 2013 | Read Full Review of Panic

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One, Layla, has an abusive boyfriend, and the book alternates from the different points of view of Diamond, Layla, another friend, Mercedes, and Justin, a boy who dances with them.

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the best 20 books for your child ... Panic. by Sharon Draper. Sharon Draper (Out
of My Mind) takes us into the heart of a closely knit dance troupe that bands ...

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Gr 9 Up—Fifteen-year-old Diamond is a dancer who feels destined for more than her role as Smee the pirate in the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy presentation of Peter Pan. When she meets a man at the mall food court who promises her a chance to star in a Hollywood movie, Diamond is certain her time ...

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Gr 9 Up—Draper has created a nurturing setting for her characters in the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy where students have been dancing and working together for years. Miss Ginger, their instructor, provides support and challenge in endeavors like the spring showcase or the upcoming production of ...

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