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The Duke of Bannerman Prep
Contributor(s): Nelson, Katie A.
ISBN: 151071040X     ISBN-13: 9781510710405
Publisher: Sky Pony Pr
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2017
Annotation: Recruited into an elite prep school after winning a high-profile competition in public school, Tanner ambitiously pursues a scholarship only to be partnered with an undermotivated party boy throughout an important championship.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Debates and debating; Fiction.
School contests; Fiction.
Social classes; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017018721
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.94 lbs) 311 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 March #4)

When Tanner McKay, the 16-year-old son of a struggling single mother, receives a scholarship to Bannerman Prep School, he believes that it's his ticket to a brighter future. Paired with Andrew "the Duke" Tate to lead the debate team to victory, Tanner is initially put off by the Duke's cocky and seemingly lazy attitude. But Tanner slowly gets sucked into the Duke's flashy world, full of fast cars, partying, trading favors, and money. Little does Tanner realize that the Duke isn't who he says he is, and it isn't long before Tanner must figure out how to save himself. In an effective contemporary update of The Great Gatsby, debut novelist Nelson accurately reflects the stresses high school students face in both academics and extracurricular activities. Through Tanner's realistic voice and the situations he faces, readers comes to believe that a place like Bannerman and a boy like the Duke could actually exist, though Nelson is careful not to romanticize the Duke's criminal behavior or Tanner's role in it. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kirsten Carleton, Prospect Literary. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 June)

Gr 9 Up—Tanner McKay transfers to Bannerman Prep, an elite private school to which he has been awarded a scholarship after his public school's debate victory. Once there, he is paired up with the rich and popular student called the Duke. The Duke is well liked for his easy manner, parties, connections, and ways of getting things for his friends, but doesn't pull his weight when it comes to debate. When Tanner gets pulled into the Duke's glamorous lifestyle, everything comes crashing down around him. Facing the consequences and learning about the Duke's secrets almost cost Tanner everything he's dreamed about. The realistic novel set in present-day California is a retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Tanner is well developed, but the supporting characters are less so. The language is realistic given the setting, and the plot is nicely paced and well developed. High school students who love Gatsby will enjoy this novel, and it may encourage others to give the original a try. VERDICT A solid purchase for large collections, especially where YA retellings of classics are popular.—Terri Lent, Patrick Henry High School, Ashland, VA

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