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The school for dangerous girls, Eliot Schrefer

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The school for dangerous girls
Title
The school for dangerous girls
Statement of responsibility
Eliot Schrefer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sent to a remote, run-down reform school in Colorado, fifteen-year-old Angela is placed with the better girls, but upon learning that her "dangerous" friends are being isolated and left to live as animals, she takes radical steps to join them and help them escape
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YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2011
Review
  • Gr 7 Up— Angela Cardenas's parents have had enough of her irresponsible and difficult behavior and, as a last resort, they send the teen to the Hidden Oak School for Girls, a boarding school in rural Colorado. There the girls are divided into two streams, those who can be rehabilitated—the gold thread, and those who can't—the purple thread. Gold thread girls get schooling and etiquette class, whereas purple thread girls are imprisoned underground. They brutally self-govern, are subjected to mistreatment, and resort to violence to survive. Instead of allowing herself to be convinced that she deserves the punishment she receives, Angela decides to find a way to close the school permanently. A romance with the son of a teacher and the discovery of mysterious deaths from when Hidden Oak was a boys' prep school add suspense; however, the plot becomes too muddled, with some holes, and the tension comes too late. Angela's character is complex and full of contradictions, but all of the adult characters are either vicious or clueless. The extended detail used to establish conditions at Hidden Oak is disproportionate to the quick resolution. The struggle and eventual triumph of the bad girls over the evil teachers makes for an intriguing conflict that many teens will appreciate; however, some may find the easy ending a disappointment. For more discussion of nature vs. nurture, suggest Catherine Jinks's Evil Genius (Harcourt, 2007).—Amy J. Chow, The Brearley School, New York City --Amy J. Chow (Reviewed February 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 2, p110)
  • This psychological thriller follows a girl with dark secrets to a school with uneasy mysteries of its own. Accused of murdering her grandfather, Angela is dispatched to Hidden Oak, a boarding school where the physically and emotionally abusive faculty plays the Prisoner's Dilemma with its students for commissary points. Angela forms an uneasy friendship with a group of girls, some of whom later disappear. Cut off from the rest of the world, Angela tries to outwit the faculty to find her friends and save herself. It takes several botched escapes and one mostly successful one for Angela to see that being bad and being dangerous are not the same thing. Dangerous, in fact, might be a desirable trait. The horrors of Hidden Oak are slow to unfold but the ending is rushed, and unanswered questions about Angela leave room for a sequel. Self-reliance and trust are explored using a cast of secondary characters who range from innocent to malevolent. With few exceptions, readers never quite know who is good and who is bad. Gripping, violent and terrifying. (Thriller. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
302014
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schrefer, Eliot
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • UG
  • High School
LC call number
PZ7.S37845
LC item number
Sch 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
Reading level
  • 5.2
  • 5.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Juvenile delinquents
  • Reformatories
  • Schools
  • Psychotherapy
  • Child abuse
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Colorado
  • Juvenile delinquents
  • Reformatories
  • Schools
  • Psychotherapy
  • Child abuse
  • Family problems
  • Colorado
  • Child abuse
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Juvenile delinquents
  • Psychotherapy
  • Reformatories
  • Schools
  • Colorado
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The school for dangerous girls, Eliot Schrefer
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn231584576
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780545035286
Lccn
2008022477
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780545035286
System control number
  • (OCoLC)231584576
  • (Sirsi) a360168
Label
The school for dangerous girls, Eliot Schrefer
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn231584576
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9780545035286
Lccn
2008022477
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780545035286
System control number
  • (OCoLC)231584576
  • (Sirsi) a360168

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