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The School For Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer
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The School for Dangerous Girls begins on a mysterious note alternating between past and present. Angela Cardenas has done something so bad her parents have sent her to a therapeutic boarding school with a psychiatric wing and they don’t even drive her there themselves. She is forced to take a bus from Texas to Colorado and then walk four miles from the bus station to the school. The mystery and foreboding mount from the start as the new girls are kept separate from the rest of the school in a bizarre weeding out process into “golden thread girls” and “purple thread girls.” The golden thread girls are deemed reformable and the others are not and are housed in an uninhabitable gym far from the other girls with no adult supervision. Before the girls are weeded out, Angela forms a bond with her roommate Carmen and eventually they befriend some of the other girls and form “the coven” with Juin and Riley, meeting in an abandoned tree house from when the school was a boys’ boarding school that disbanded mysteriously. The mysterious atmosphere of the book builds as the girls disappear one by one. Angela, Carmen, and Riley wind up in the main school, but no one seems to know what happened to Juin. Several of the mysteries are never resolved and the adults in the school seem one dimensional, but many students will overlook these flaws because of the dark tone of the book.

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