The Ghosts Of Ashbury High (Hardcover)

By Jaclyn Moriarty

Arthur A. Levine Books, 9780545069724, 496pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/17/2010)
Paperback (7/1/2012)

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This is the story of Amelia and Riley, bad kids from bad Brookfield High who have transferred to Ashbury High for their final year. They've been in love since they were fourteen, they go out dancing every night, and sleep through school all day. And Ashbury can't get enough of them.

Everyone's trying to get their attention; even teachers are dressing differently, trying to make their classes more interesting. Everyone wants to be cooler, tougher, funnier, hoping to be invited into their cool, self-contained world.

About the Author

Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, with four sisters (including author Liane Moriarty), one brother, two dogs, and twelve chickens. She studied law at the University of Sydney, Yale, and Cambridge, and worked as an entertainment lawyer before she wrote the Ashbury High novels, including The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, and The Ghosts of Ashbury High. She still lives in Sydney, with her little boy, Charlie.

Praise For The Ghosts Of Ashbury High

“Fans of the previous books will enjoy clever references to past events, but this book more than stands on its own, as the students' chorus creates a compelling collective portrait of adolescence--the limbo between childhood and the shadowed future." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Moriarty has found a winning formula for her thoroughly enjoyable, deceptively simple Ashbury High novels: She takes a clever, sophisticated epistolary format, adds sparkling, effervescent wit, and applies them to a mash-up of literary genres…There's a lot of plot to untangle here, but The Ghosts of Ashbury High should satisfy diehard fans and bring new ones into the fold.” -- Horn Book, starred review

“Moriarty has done it again. . . . The author effortlessly employs multiple voices and narrative devices for maximum effect, and each member of the ensemble comes across loud and clear. . . . Another winner, sure to please old fans and create new ones.” -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of Moriarty will be delighted with this senior year; newcomers to her work will want to backtrack so that they can spend more time with these characters." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books