By Graham Gardner
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803729643, 192pp.)
Publication Date: March 30, 2004
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When Elliot Sutton arrives at Holminster High, he is determined not to stand out. He simply can't let himself become a target like he was at his last school. He's going to invent a whole new Elliot. The new Elliot is tough, impenetrable. The new Elliot shows no fear.
Enter the Guardians, a group of upperclassmen who secretly rule over Holminster with a quiet and anonymous terror. Obsessed with George Orwell's book 1984, they desire power for the sake of power. And strangely enough, they also want Elliot. Not to terrorize . . . but to become one of them.
Gripping in its psychological understanding, this unflinching novel takes you deep into the mind of a boy who is coming to understand the nature of absolute power and its inevitable casualties, and also finding a bit of his own strength along the way.