Audience:Young Adult : Age (years) 12 - 18, Grade (US) 7 - up
Dimensions:7in x 5 x 0.5 in | 0.15 gr
Page Count:214 pages
Raise the stakes and feel the heat.
Kip is addicted to the pure adrenaline rush that hits when the stakes are high and the bets are laid down. His gambling addiction uses up his money, his mother's money -- and then their real trouble begins.
Dennis Foon's believable portrait of a teen caught in a gambling addiction crackles with suspense and a foreboding sense of where Kip will land.
Originally published in 2000, this remarkable novel has been updated to reflect new technology and the rise of online gambling.
Praise for the previous edition of Double or Nothing:
"This edgy novel believably captures the nightmare of compulsive gambling."
-- Horn Book
"Compelling characters . . . a fast-moving plot with plenty of crisp, authentic dialog."
Dennis Foon, the author of several novels for young readers, is also a celebrated writer for stage and screen. Life Above All, his adaptation of Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton, won the Prix Francois Chalais at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, made the 2011 Academy Awards long list for Best Foreign Language Film and earned Dennis a nomination for a 2011 Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
A powerful picture of the temptations of the quick buck, and the very real effects of a gambling addiction... intensely gripping ... A teacher's guide is available, and I suspect this would make a very good novel study for early high-school students. Recommended. - Mary Thomas, Canadian Materials
Foon's tight and economical writing keeps the story moving at a pace that mirrors the speed at which Kip spots a gambling opportunity, acts on it, rationalizes any losses and then moves on. - Patty Osborne, Geist