by Myracle, Lauren, 1969-

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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 na#65533;ve 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, na#65533;ve Bliss is happy to be friends with anyone. That's not the way it has ever worked at Crestview, and soon Bliss is at the center of a struggle for power between three girls--two living and one long dead.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* It's the summer of 1969, and Bliss has been unceremoniously dumped by her hippie parents into the custody of her grandmother. Soon Bliss finds herself adjusting to life as a freshman at a fancy Atlanta school and it's a lot different from life on the commune. Although she quickly finds normal friends, she is drawn to Sandy, a gruff and unpopular girl with a long-standing grudge against Sarah Lynn, the icy beauty of the freshman class. The push and pull of the school drama is engaging enough, but there's another element pressurizing the situation: an unsettling voice calling to Bliss from inside one of the school buildings, a voice somehow related to strange blood rituals and a long-ago suicide. Myracle is running on all cylinders here, exercising an agile teenage drama, a Stephen King-like yarn of high-school horror, a cautionary tale of '60s race relations, and some affecting social commentary: each chapter begins with a period media quote, and the startling mix of Andy Griffith and Charles Manson perfectly distills the nation's teetering into terror. The conclusion is a bit awkward, but the lead up is unbearably tense and will have readers buzzing about the audacious plot twist that none of them saw coming.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Catering to teens with a taste for horror, this carefully plotted occult thriller set in 1969-1970 combines genre staples with creepy period particulars. Raised on a commune, 14-year-old Bliss Inthemorningdew has been dumped by her hippie parents with her grandmother, a disapproving Atlanta matriarch who promptly enrolls her at the prestigious Crestview Academy. As Bliss watches The Andy Griffith Show for its insights into conventional interactions (dialogue from the show and other ephemera separate the book's short chapters), she observes the social scene with fascination and confusion, understanding neither the pull of the most popular girl nor the taboos against the class pariah (fans of Rhymes with Witches will recognize one of the girls). Meanwhile, she keeps receiving extrasensory messages from spirits. Interspersed with Bliss's first-person narrative are sinister journal entries from a student identified only by her initials, and these eventually dovetail with rumors about a long-ago suicide or murder at Crestview. Myracle throws in the Charles Manson Family murders, racism, ghosts, blood sacrifices and prom queens--and, remarkably, supports this outrE mix with clever timing and well-placed red herrings. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Interpersonal relations -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Paranormal fiction.
Grandmothers -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools.
Interpersonal relations.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Occultism -- Fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Atlanta (Ga.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
Georgia -- Atlanta.
Atlanta (Ga.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Paranormal fiction
Domestic fiction.
Juvenile works.
Publisher New York :Amulet Books,2010.
Edition Pbk. ed.
Audience 640
Language English
Description 444 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780810940727
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