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Alice Kuipers

  • Dropped!
  • Dropped!
    In this high-interest accessible novel for teen readers, Dex is dropped onto a deserted tropical island to be a player in a social media competition.

96 pages
Grade Readability: 1.9
Interest Age: 12 to 18
Lexile: 340
ISBN: 9781459837744

Dex is dropped onto a deserted tropical island to be a player in a social media competition.

Dex is one of six contestants on Dropped!, an internet reality show. He’s glad to escape his real life after being dumped by his girlfriend, Lola, and destroying his social life. He and the other contenders have to spend five days on a deserted island, and the person who gains the most likes and followers will be the winner. The prize is a ton of money and status as an influencer.

Keeping people watching is the challenge, and Dex will do whatever it takes. He needs to win—it’s the only way to get Lola and his popularity back. But on the island, away from his ex, he finds himself flirting with the gorgeous and popular Amina. When Dex keeps placing behind Amina, he realises he has to be more daring to get the engagements he needs. But how extreme will he need to be? And is it worth it to win?

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

"Gently explores concepts that will resonate with teens growing up immersed in social media…A compact, existential, reality-show adventure with strong reluctant reader appeal."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Outstandingly realistic, fun and intense...Dropped! lives up to its promise to be an 'ultra-readable page-turner' and will definitely entice less-than-avid readers to pick it up and zip through its 79 pages…Highly recommended."
- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"An extraordinary hi-lo story for teens... filled with action and social commentary."
- CanLit for Little Canadians