Every student at Saskatoon Collegiate knew that all the most important aspects of school life were controlled by a secret club called Shadow Council. Each fall, Shadow held a traditional lottery during which a single student's name was drawn. The rest of the student body called the student the lottery winner. But Shadow Council knew better; to them the winner was the lottery victim. Whatever the label, the fated student became the Council's go-fer, delivering messages of doom to selected targets. In reponse, the student body shunned the lottery winner for the entire year. This year's victim was fifteen-year-old Sally Hanson.
In this tense, complex novel Beth Goobie once again stakes her claim to being Canada's finest writer of teen fiction. The Lottery is her fifteenth book. Before Wings (Orca, 2000) won the Canadian Library Assocation Young Adult Book Award, received the Mr. Christie Silver Seal Award and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature.