Fiction as a microscope for preps

The win-at-all-costs mentality is becoming more and more prevalent in high school athletics, writes Robert Lipsyte.

Updated: November 22, 2006, 11:50 AM ET
By Robert Lipsyte | Special to Page 2

This is what I learned in high school this year: The kids are not all right, and some of them even know why.

I've been talking to high school kids, especially jocks, on my book tour for "Raiders Night," a controversial new young-adult novel about the aftermath of a brutal training-camp hazing incident. In the book, the coaches, the school and the town try to put a lid on the incident. On the tour, coaches, schools and towns have been trying to put a lid on the book.

"Raiders Night" ...

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