This Is Not a Drill (Hardcover)

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Although this book is written strictly in text message format, readers can very much feel the fear and tension from the students as they hunker down in whatever hiding places they can find in their middle school. Despite the students' craziness on the school's communication app once they realize the adults are locked out, they prove that kids can be brave and band together to help each other out even when they are on their own and in imminent danger. — Hannah Odasz


The first rule of lockdown: Find a safe place to hide.

Ava is having a really bad day. Her parents are getting divorced. She just had a big argument with her two best friends. And she forgot to charge her phone… again.

To top it all off, while she is hiding out in the bathroom over lunch, the alarm goes off for a lockdown drill. Ava knows the rules. She has to get herself into a classroom, turn the ringer off on her phone, lock the door, and cover the windows. But all of the rooms have already been locked from the inside and there is no one in the halls.

Pretty soon she realizes there is an intruder in the building. This isn’t a drill.

From the author of From Me to Youand House Arrest, comes this timely book that explores both the effect of school lockdown drills and the relatable struggles of modern middle grade friendship.

About the Author

K. A. Holt is the author of several middle-grade novels in verse, including House Arrest, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year 2015, and Rhyme Schemer, an Amazon Best Book for Kids and Teens, and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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Praise for This Is Not A Drill:

"More a story of friendship than a tale of a school’s worst nightmare, this book does deal delicately with the issue of the intruder (but--spoiler alert--there's thankfully no school shooter). Holt’s propulsive writing style makes this a quick read...perfect for late-elementary or early-middle-school readers addicted to their phones who want an uncommon reading experience."--Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338739589
ISBN-10: 1338739581
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 17th, 2022
Pages: 192
Language: English