Amulet Books, Hardcover, 9780810970717, 444pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2008
New York Times "bestselling author Lauren Myracle offers a spine-tingling, unforgettable story of friendship gone very, very wrong."Lauren Myracle brings her keen understanding of teen dynamics to a hypnotic horror story of twisted friendship.When Bliss's hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, it's like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naive Bliss has to her new environment is what she's seen on "The Andy Griffith Show." But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted Bliss desperately wants new friends, making her the perfect prey of a troubled girl whose obsession with a long-ago death puts Bliss, and anyone she's kind to, in mortal danger.Lauren Myracle has taken the ubiquitous friendship novel to a new, dark place.F&P level: Z+
About the Author
When Lauren Myracle was thirteen, she spent hours lying on her bed, staring at the cracks on her ceiling and wishing so hard to be magic. She wanted to bend spoons with her mind, talk to her sister telepathically, and rearrange her molecules so she could walk through walls. She wanted fairies to leave gumdrops on her windowsill. She wanted well-known paths to unexpectedly lead to mystical lands and times. She also wished she would grow up to become a writer and that part came true! (Which is not to say the other parts didn t. . . .) She s written many books for tweens and teens, including the bestselling Winnie Years series and the Flower Power series. She lives with her family in Colorado, and she thinks life is the most magical adventure of all.