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Cold Calls

Charles Benoit


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Hardcover (4/1/2014)


Three high school students—Eric, Shelly, and Fatima—have one thing in common: “I know your secret.

Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them—before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed . . .

This suspenseful, pitch-perfect mystery-thriller raises timely questions about privacy, bullying, and culpability.

Praise For Cold Calls

"Benoit’s handling of cultural diversity, adolescent religious awareness, and everyday technology in teen lives makes for satisfying, thought-provoking reading."

"Bullying, blackmail, and bad choices are interwoven through this cautionary tale in a manner that's relatable and engaging."

"With a quick pace, this psychological thriller takes readers for a ride, providing clues to the secrets the characters are trying to hide but without disclosing all of the information until later chapters. The coldness of the caller in relation to the damage he/she is doing to the bullying victims as well as the blackmail victims is particularly chilling."
—School Library Journal

Clarion Books, 9780544541214, 304pp.

Publication Date: February 9, 2016

About the Author

Charles Benoit'steen novels include Cold Calls, Snow Job,Fall from Grace and You, an American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. A former high school teacher, Charles is also the Edgar-nominated author of three adult mysteries. He lives in Rochester, New York. Visit him on the web at or follow him on Twitter (@BenoitTheWriter).