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Bad Girls by Alex McAulay
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Oct 11, 2009

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Read from June 18 to 27, 2011

Several recalcitrant girls are sent to a mostly uninhabited island in the Bahamas to a boot camp-like environment where the guards think nothing of sending a charge to solitary. There seems to be no way off the island and that is if you can escape the guards, forest, mangrove swamps, and chain link fences. No talking during meals, quiet time, class and most other times.

They're about to embark on their first long hike to Clayton Peak, ten miles southwest outside the camp. Counselor Adler and Miss Richards will be leading one group, following the Blue Hollow Trail, into the forest past Diver's Gem, one of the largest blueholes on the island. The other group will be headed up by counselors Brody and McGathy down the Nevis River to the Andros River Basin, 1/4 mile from Clayton Peak. Both groups should be reaching the Peak around 5:00 p.m. and spending the night there in sleeping bags which they will carry along with food, water, and supplies.

Things happen on the way to the Pike which cause the girls to be without their counselors, on their own in the woods and scared for their lives. Help is on the way. Right? Right?

Gunshots. Arguing. Fear. Screams. An old lady in a run-down shack and what's that sticking out of her neck? Sometimes being the prettiest doesn't always work in one's favor as they are about to find out.

I would have given this 3.5 stars if that had been a choice.

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