Emery's neighbor, Richard, is the kind of kid who gets under your skin. When Richard suggests a game of Nicky Nicky Nine Doors, Emery can't come up with a good excuse not to play. Using chocolate bars as stunt poo, the boys start playing the classic prank of the burning bag on the doorstep, but this game has a modern twist. They videotape their neighbors' reactions. The naked guy and the man in the apron are highly entertaining, but Emery starts to get cold feet when another neighbor is reduced to tears. Emery wants out, but he's not sure how to stop the game without losing face. Soon the game gets serious, and Emery has a lot more to worry about than his reputation.
Vicki Grant is a best-selling and award-winning author of many books for juveniles and young adults, including I.D. and Dead-End Job in the Orca Soundings series and Pigboy, all of which were ALA Quick Picks. Vicki lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.