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Three Quarters Dead
ISBN: 9780142419427
Author: Peck, Richard
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: September 2011
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Annotation: Sophomore loner Kerry is overjoyed when three popular senior girls pick her to be in their clique, until a shocking accident sets off a string of supernatural occurrences that become more and more threatening.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dead; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Horror stories.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011031750
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Horror & Ghost Stories
Target Age Group: Age 12-14
Target Grade: Grade 7-9
Grade level: Grade 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Fantasy, Growing Up, High School, Science Fiction, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 140861
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q51736
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 11.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Richard Peck, author of more than thirty novels, is one of the most celebrated children's book writers in the country. He has won the Newbery Medal, the Edgar Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Humanities Medal, and twice been a National Book Award finalist, among many other honors. He lives in New York City.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Sophomore Kerry is thrilled to be allowed into a clique of super-cool seniors. When the other girls are killed in a car crash, Kerry feels she's "three quarters dead"--until the dead return. Peck masterfully uses a first-person viewpoint to trace his protagonist's journey. Wrapping events in the shrouds of a ghost story balances his message about the power of the peer group. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #5)
In his first book set in the twenty-first century, Peck returns to his ghost-story roots. At exclusive Pondfield High School, sophomore Kerry Williamson has been allowed into the clique of super-cool senior girls Tanya, Makenzie, and Natalie -- beautiful, manipulating, and mean, like black widow spiders on the Web, texting, networking, and multitasking, busily controlling the social life of their realm. And so thrilled is Kerry to rise from nobody status to denizen of the inner sanctum that she doesn't question her good fortune. When Tanya, Natalie, and Makenzie are killed in a car crash while texting her, Kerry feels she is nothing without them; she's three quarters dead. But the dead return, and the story turns dark, with a downright macabre denouement. As always, Peck masterfully uses the first-person point of view to get inside his protagonist's head, trace her journey, and show her finally taking a stand and beginning to understand that there's a world out there beyond the peer group. There's no Grandma Dowdel here, no strong adult in this world run by children, so Kerry must find her own way. Peck's message about the power of the peer group could easily have been more didactic, but wrapping the story in the shrouds of a ghost story was a stroke of genius, making it a creepy tale middle school girls will die for...if they put down their cell phones long enough to read it. dean Schneider Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 September #2)

Peck never writes a book that is less than a page-turner, and this paranormal horror story captures the extremes of joy and dread, belonging and ostracism that are the core of the high school experience. Fifteen-year-old Kerry Williamson is new at prestigious suburban Pondfield High and doesn't expect much. Her status is transformed the day Tanya, Natalie, and Makenzie--the coolest, prettiest junior and senior girls--welcome her into their clique ("I'd moved from reality to a reality show, and what could be better?"), although a place in this charmed circle doesn't guarantee the respect of its rulers. A fatal accident just weeks before prom steals all the magic away--until an impossible text message tells Kerry that, just maybe, not everything has been lost. Kerry's voice is wistful, vulnerable, and would-be sophisticated, and the excuses she gives for her compromises ring both hollow and true. Perhaps because of this realism, the sudden escalation of fantastic horror in the last third of the book comes across as a pat resolution. Nevertheless, the story keeps its hold on readers to the very end. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)

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

Gr 6–10—Kerry, a sophomore at a top school, spends most of her time alone, feeling invisible. Suddenly and without reason, she is befriended by the three most popular and powerful girls in school. Feeling alive and important, and desperate to keep her new friends happy, she goes along with their pranks and plans, even when they are exceedingly cruel. When a car accident takes the queen bees' lives, Kerry ends up socially dead. But several months after their funerals, she gets a strange text message. The mean girls are back, wanting to go out into the world, and needing her to make that happen. This is a compulsive page-turner. The fast-paced story is chilling on several levels. Kerry's lack of self-confidence allows her to be used horribly, and it is hard to decide which is scarier—her caving in to peer pressure or her spending time with rotting ghosts. Peck can conjure up a scene with details so believable, you can practically smell and taste them. A small flaw is that he never quite nails modern teen girl-speak, which comes across as forced and is mixed up with old-fashioned phrases. But for horror fans seeking a thrill, those details may be trivial. This is a good choice for young teens who have run through all of the Caroline Cooney's or Lois Duncan's books.—Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT

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