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Contributor(s): Creagh, Kelly

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ISBN: 1442402008     ISBN-13: 9781442402003
Publisher: Atheneum
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: August 2010

Annotation: When cheerleader Isobel Lanley is assigned to work with goth and Edgar Allen Poe fan Varen Nethers on an English project, she is swept into a horrific dream world that he has created in his mind.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Horror stories.
High schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009050033
Lexile Measure: 840
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 1.75" (1.35 lbs) 543 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139532
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 20.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q47313
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 29.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Straight-laced cheerleader Isobel is annoyed to be paired with creepy goth classmate Varen for a school project. Her feelings (predictably) turn into attraction; she's then ensnared in Varen's fantasy world that integrates Edgar Allan Poe's dark plots and images. For those unfamiliar with Poe, this text's many twists may be frustratingly confusing; conversely, Poe fans will likely enjoy the copious allusions. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Isobel and Varen come from opposite ends of the high school social order: Isobel is a popular, blond cheerleader; Varen is a goth loner. Paired for a project on Edgar Allen Poe, their bare tolerance for each other turns to grudging respect after Isobel dumps her possessive, violent boyfriend. But as she spends more time with Varen and learns about the life and works of Poe, gruesome creatures start to stalk and threaten her. Poe's horror stories originated from his trips into the realm of dreams, and Varen's own dreams and writings have led him there, too. Now Varen is being held prisoner, and only Isobel can rescue him from his nightmares and keep the supernatural creatures from overrunning the real world. Though the characters eventually grow beyond clichés, the romantic chemistry is faint, and the storyline often shrinks behind the book's infatuation with Poe. But first-time novelist Creagh effectively builds tension, and those with an interest in the literary figure will savor allusions to his oeuvre and mysterious death. Varen's plight is left unresolved, presumably to be continued in later books. Ages 14–up. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 December)

Gr 7 Up—Cheerleader Isobel (another Bella?) becomes the reluctant partner of Goth Varen Nethers for an English assignment on Poe. Predictably, she falls hard for him, and he may not be a lost soul trapped between the real world and the dream world; psychologically abused by his father; or just a strange kid. There are so many dropped threads in the story that are just begging to be picked up in sequels that readers aren't really sure what has happened and what hasn't. The characters and story are interesting enough, however, to justify anticipation of further installments.—Corinne Henning-Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME

[Page 110]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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