Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, Hardcover, 9780061799495, 396pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Leena Thomass senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends chose to live, has been assigned an unexpected roommateconfrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar.
What Celeste lacks in social grace, however, her brother, David, a recent transfer student, makes up for in good looks and charm. But while he and Leena hit it off immediately, Leena finds herself struggling to balance her growing attraction with her fear of getting hurt.
As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost Houseframes mys-teriously falling off walls, doors locking by themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And while Leena tries to play peacekeeper between her best friends and new roommate, soon the mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and David, and the reawakening of childhood fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leenas own mind . . . or in Frost House itself?
Frost is a stunning and surprising tale of suspense from debut author Marianna Baer.
“Baer has a knack for dialogue and creating creepy situations that will intrigue teens.”
“This nuanced blend of psychological suspense and boarding-school drama will tingle the spines of plenty of readers.”
“[Readers] will gladly turn the pages to soak up its eerie atmosphere.”
-School Library Journal
“Baer deftly plays the gray areas between psychological and supernatural thriller…. Give this inexorable thriller to fans of Griffin’s TIGHTER.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books