Fiona Chu wants to prove she has what it takes to win popular teen reality show Warrior Zone, but when a producer approaches her, promising her a payoff if she throws the contest, she must decide which is more important—winning or her integrity.
After discovering that members of her gymnastics team were bribing the coaching staff for better placement, Fiona decides to prove her athletic ability in another arena. She is one of three contestants to make it to the finals. With her humor and strength, she is a crowd favorite, but she will need to beat out two tough competitors to avoid getting slimed in the loser circle, and the producers have other ideas. In Escape! by Jannette LaRoche, four friends must decipher clues to escape a locked house in a televised contest, but the pressure to succeed strains their relationships. When Charlotte’s friend signs her up for a TV dating show in The One by Claire Ainslie, she is initially irritated, then shocked to be chosen, and finally hopes to win a college scholarship and find true love. In Treasure Hunt by Nikki Shannon Smith, siblings Jason and Jazmine must overcome their differences if they are to work through the challenges and win $20,000 in a race across the United States. While the premise of each show varies, the contestants are faced with moral, intellectual, and emotional challenges along the path toward victory. To win, each must overcome their preconceived ideas and look past the illusions to find the truth beneath. There is racial diversity among the contestants in each book.
A fun reluctant reader series that will entice reality television fans as well as those looking for exciting adventure. (Fiction. 12-18)