After Matt Drury earns a perfect score on the SAT, he soon finds himself working for a vast cheating network at his high school, getting paid for services ranging from taking the SAT for classmates with a fake ID to providing social studies homework and test answers for the entire ninth grade. But once inside the cheating network, he encounters corruption, beatings, and even murder. With the help of his oddball friends, Matt soon decides he must expose the network and bring down its nefarious leader, Emil Updike. And he just might be able to, if Updike and the network don’t destroy him first.
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Michael Hartnett’s first novel, Universal Remote, was published by Neshui in 1999 and received a second printing in 2000. Hartnett has served as poetry editor of Confrontation and is an adjunct English professor at Long Island University. He received his PhD in English from SUNY at Stony Brook and has published book reviews and critical commentaries in Confrontation and Pynchon Notes. An English teacher at Jericho High School, Hartnett has presented at the Balanced Mind Conference, the Long Island Language Association Conference, and the North Shore Young Authors Conference. As a high school English teacher, college professor, novelist, and SAT instructor/tutor for more than 20 years, Michael Hartnett was in fine position to craft The Great SAT Swindle.
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Plus, Blogs inspired by the novel: Tales of Cheating, Word Buddies, and SAT Advice. For advice on cheating, read the following article appearing in Modern Mom, Education News and many other publications: Five Ways for Parents to Prevent Cheating . Recent appearances on Talk of Connecticut radio, WDUN in Gainsville, Georgia, the Overdrive Radio Network, WAUB in Auburn, New York, CJOB in Winnipeg, Canada, WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Michael Dresser Show, KUCR in Riverside, California, KOPN in Columbia, Missouri, KIRO in Seattle, Washington, KDAZ in Albuquerque, New Mexico, WRLT in Nashville, Tennessee, WTKF in Morehead City, North Carolina, and WSVA in Harrisonburg, West Virginia.