by Lurlene McDaniel


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A teacher is supposed to impart a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge. It’s a bit different with Ms. Lori Settles. All the kids are talking about how hot she is–and she is especially interested in Ryan Piccoli. When she starts giving Ryan extra attention, he’s feeling more than happy–at first. He’s used to being the class clown, but really he’s a loner. One day after school, the friendship with Lori Settles goes farther than he ever expected. She’s his teacher. She’s at least twice his age. Intimacy with a teacher is wrong, yet it feels so good in every way. Soon, Lori is making demands and Ryan begins to feel overwhelmed, but Ryan refuses to even admit anything is going on. Something immoral is going on and before too long the choices made will change lives forever.

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ISBN-13: 9780385734530
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/12/2008
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.18(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lurlene McDaniel is the #1 author of inspirational fiction for young adults. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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By Lurlene McDaniel Delacorte Books for Young Readers Copyright © 2008 Lurlene McDaniel
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ISBN: 9780385734530

Day one. New school year. New school. Freshman status. Same old Ryan Piccoli. Me, myself and I, lost in the masses--heading to new classes, new teachers, new everything. This is the thing about big high schools like McAllister. People can look right at you, right through you, as if you're Casper the Friendly Ghost.
"Hey, watch where you're going, turd."
I've bumped into a senior, a jock, and he's snarling at me. I bow slightly and get out of his way. He'd stopped without warning in the middle of the hall. I say, "Sorry, my bad. I didn't see the traffic light over your head giving you the right of way." His pretty girlfriend looks me over, giggles.
The guy puffs up. "Take off, creep."
He turns and I take a chance and wink at his girlfriend. She's pretty, but off-limits.
She blows me a kiss when her boyfriend isn't looking and I watch them take off down the crowded hallway. Wait for it, I think, and am rewarded when she glances over her shoulder to make sure I'm still watching. Gotcha!
I can make people like me, even when they don't want to. A talent that got me through middle school--just ask my teachers. If you can't make them love you, make them like you. How, you ask? Make 'em laugh. A survival skill I learned early in life.
I'm wishing the day was ending insteadof just starting. My summer was pretty laid-back, sleeping in and staying up until three in the morning on my computer. I hung at the pool at the country club, worked on my tan, lifted weights in my garage every afternoon. For a freshman nobody, I look pretty good. At least that's what some girls hanging at the pool said. Sure, they were only eleven and twelve, but girls' opinions are always worth something to me. With school starting up, though, talking to the global universe and gaming are over.
"Ry! Wait up."
I turn and see Joel weaving through the hall traffic. When he reaches me, he asks, "You home this afternoon?" He'd been a regular drop-by at my place through middle school. My dad's in sales and he travels a lot, so except for a housekeeper now and then, I'm pretty much on my own most days of the week.
"As soon as the bus drops me," I say.
"Forget the bus. I'll give you a lift."
Joel's had a car since July. I won't turn sixteen until December and that's when I hope Dad will get me a car. Until then, I'm at the mercy of the school bus and a few friends who have their own wheels. "All right," I tell him. "I got the new Grand Slam Poker game on Saturday."
Joel's eyes light up. "I'm in."
"It's tricky."
"Bring it on. You're lucky your dad gets you stuff like that. I have to save every cent and buy stuff I want myself."
Lucky? I think. It's a bribe, Joel, my man. Dad buys me stuff because he sheds guilt over leaving me alone so much like a shaggy dog sheds hair. His guilt is my ticket to the latest and greatest. A guy adapts.
The foot traffic in the hall has thinned and the first bell buzzes. "I'm gone," I say, waving my schedule.
"Wait by the gym," Joel calls, and takes off in the other direction.
My first class is World History from Ancient to Modern Times, and by the time I get there, all the seats in the back of the room are taken. I find an empty one in the middle of the third row and slide into it, curling my legs. Man, these things must be left over from some elementary school. The room smells of chalk dust and stale air. All schools smell the same. If someone blindfolded you and led you through a maze ending in a classroom, you'd know in an instant where you were by the smells.
The door shuts and a woman's voice says, "Welcome to WHAM--your free pass to Tomorrow Land. I'm Ms. Settles."
I look up because I can feel an undercurrent flowing through the room. I hear the guy next to me exhale a soft "wow."
Ms. Settles is gorgeous. Straight jet-black hair to her shoulders, skin the color of cream and big blue eyes so clear you could swim in them. Her body is as sexy as any movie star's, with curves and boobs and a sweaterdress that shows off her assets.
"H-e-l-l-o, Ms. Settles," a guy on the other side of me whispers.
The girls in the class are speechless. Probably because none of them look like that, poor slobs.
Ms. Settles is all business, walking down each aisle, her heels clicking, talking about history--who cares? When she passes me, I catch a whiff of vanilla and see that she has nails painted pale icy pink, perfectly rounded and shiny.
In front of her desk again, she leans backward, resting her palms on the desktop and crossing her ankles. She isn't wearing athletic shoes, or old lady loafers either. Her shoes are black and high, with ankle straps that show off her smooth, tanned and perfect calves. She never stops talking about world history, her voice professional-sounding, but who can listen? I just keep seeing how pretty she is.
She asks two guys to go to the back cabinet and pass out the textbooks. They about fall over themselves to get it done. The thick blue book lands with a thud on my desk and I thumb through it. All the while Ms. Settles is outlining her program, test schedule and essay work for the school year. I hardly hear her words, just her voice. Pretty voice, too.
Then she starts asking questions. "Who in here thinks history is a waste of time?" Silence. "Who thinks the past is dead, so why bother studying it? Who thinks hard work equals good grades?" More silence. "Who thinks he or she can slide by because they're only doing time at McAllister, waiting for better things to come along?" Feet shuffle. She's speaking in teacher code, letting us know that her class isn't going to be a walk in the park. "This is my first year here, but I've taught middle and high school for over seven years."
I do rapid math and calculate her age to be thirtyish if she graduated college at twenty-two. She's old. So what? She's still jaw-dropping delectable.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though a short read, I found Prey to be captivating, poignant and difficult to put down. It seems the author really thought this one through and the actions and reactions of each character felt very real. I recommend this book; it makes you think and will certainly haunt you long after you're through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im 23 years old and still loving this book!! Even though this book is for young-adult readers, but the moment I started reading it, I couldnt put it down. A relationship between a student and teacher that has gone too far, and both of them happens to come from a broken family, lost parents, traumatic childhood for the female character 'Lori', missing mother figure for the male character 'Ryan'. Even if he denies it in the book, I still think that he fell for Lori because she's mature, and he felt comfortable when he's with her. The ending is surprising because Ryan couldnt help wondering and ask himself, now who's the prey and who's the predator? I think its both of them, Lori is a predator looking for young men to become her prey because she had lost her childhood and she's missed what it is she's supposed to experience at that age, such as dating, parties, and being a teenager. Ryan is also a predator, looking for older women to become his prey because he's missing a mother figure, someone that he can talk to, feel safe and comfortable to be with. So overall, this is truly a great book!!
tyuiop159 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't usually like books by Lurlene McDaniel, but this one I did like. It tells the story of a boy (Ryan) who has a secret relationship with his teacher (Lori). Not a popular story idea, but a great story to read.
desislc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very unusual book for the author. Told from three points of view, the story of a male high school student's relationship with his female teacher is both intriguing and disturbing. The ending, though realistic, leaves the reader hanging but not necessarily wanting more.
willowwaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really interesting book. It was fun and fast paced but was realistic and you could feel the emotions of the characters. I would recommend it to others.
Euphoria13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow... I've never would have expected Lurlene McDaniel to write a book like this. Completely different from her other books.
trishalynn0708 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Lurlene McDaniel. I always read her books when I was younger and when I read the description for Prey I knew that I had to pick up this book and give Lurlene McDaniel another try now that I am older. And her books are still as good as I remember. The book starts off with Ryan, he has good friends, does okay in school, and is a well rounded kid. He is good friends with a girl named Honey, and Honey has a crush on him, but Ryan only sees her as a friend. Nothing more. Then comes Lori, aka Ms. Settles. She is the sexy high-heel wearing new history teacher and every guy has the hots for her. But Ms. Settles only has eyes for one. Ryan. And Ryan wants her too. The book does get a little steamy in some places, but nothing bad for older teens to read. I actually find myself feeling kind of sorry for Ms. Settles towards the middle of the book because you can tell that she has something seriously wrong with her. She gets up at 3 AM to clean the kitchen floor and doesn't sleep. And obviously their is something wrong with her if she wants to sleep with her student. Ryan also really likes Lori. All through the book I was wondering if he had a thing for his teacher because his mom had died when he was young and he was looking for a mother figure. Or if he found her irresistible like the rest of the guys in the school did and just wanted to be with her. I know that I was very shocked at the end of the book and the outcome of it. Not your typical ending and what you would think would happen. But it made for a good read and I think that it fit the book. If you look at the news now and all of the cases that are going on with students and teachers, the outcome of the book sounds just like one of them. This was a great read!
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The book is very real, well written, good. Its worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me four days to read because i have a very busy life and i only get 30 minutes a day to read a book. This book when i went to sleep made me think well dream what was going to happen next. Most of the time i was wrong but i still loved how somethings you just dont see coming. I really didnt like how honey just dropped slowly out of the mainline then like fastly comes back in nor did i like how the book ended but the ending was well fitted for this type of book. To tell the truth i wished that this book was longee. Im surprised to see that some middle schools have this book. I saw this book when i was in middle school but i read it in high school.. looks like i will read more of these types of books. If your looking for another fast read if i was you i would read breathless or the dark devien books by bree despain. They are awesome as well.
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This is a good book but i wouldnt recoment someone to buy it. Get it from your library or borrow from someone else. But i would recomend Boy Toy, im not sure ho the auhor is but its a guy. Boy Toy has the same topic as Prey but all in all its a wa better book. The characters are more developed and you get into their stries more. Its also longer and more in debth. Hope you loke it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not for little will make your eyes widen:)!!!! (Like ages 12and younger 13 if mantuer, very!!!!
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Colemanstudent-SDP More than 1 year ago
Prey is about a guy and his teacher, they began to get close. But maybe a little too close..?
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