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Three Mormon high school friends, perky Nikki, studious Alicia, and football player Sam, make a pact of the Pygmalion style—they decide to help the “untapped” students at their school. Their plan is to transform three classmates and take them to the prom. But the experiment doesn’t go exactly as planned. They slowly begin to realize that there is more to most people than meets the eye.

A popular author and recipient of an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Kristen D. Randle explores many important concerns teens face every day. The mixed emotions of Nikki, Alicia, and Sam are brought to life through the excellent narration.

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  • “Told in the alternating voices of Sam, Nikki, and Alicia, Slumming gives an insightful look at a modern-day high school Pygmalion, opening up new worlds that help each character deal with their own worlds a little better. A compelling and satisfying read.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “In the process of ‘saving’ others, the three put their own friendship at risk. Randle makes it clear that we are all on the outside looking in, and we can never presume to really know who’s on the other side looking back at us. Recommended for junior and senior high school students.”


  • “The seemingly innocent pact between friends leads to some really intense and frightening scenes to which teens can easily relate. This fine story deals with contemporary issues but focuses on the good and hopeful outcomes of apparent tragedies.”


  • “The alternating narratives personalize the story and show individual character growth. The premise of trying to impose one’s ideals and values on others without knowing their circumstances is a life lesson that gives teens much to think about without ever letting the message dominate the storytelling.”

    School Library Journal

  • “In this Pygmalion story with a twist, three provincial high-school seniors, all Mormons with conventional values, bet that each can befriend a classmate with untapped potential, change him or her for the better, then take that person to the prom. But the chosen students, who have their own agendas, are more resistant than flattered, and it's the triad of heroes-two girls and guy-who end up having their eyes opened…a thoughtful work about the nature of doing good.”

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