From the Publisher
A mix of Prep''s critique of boarding school culture
and the suspenseful and high-stakes plot of The Secret
History, this highly original debut is part coming-of-age
story, part riveting supernatural tale about teenage girls learning
their own strength.
Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small
Appalachian town of Swan River: that she''ll be a frustrated townie
forever, or that she''ll turn into one of the monstrous Wild Girls
that menace the community, throwing flame from their hands.
Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh
Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between two worlds:
the simple town and its dark twin, a commune off Bloodwort Road,
where hippie farming and occult practices led to a disastrous end;
and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy.
Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of the
river, and Willow, a wealthy and charismatic queen bee from school,
are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where
she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.
About the Author
MARY STEWART ATWELL (who goes by Polly) was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1978 and went to Interlochen, a boarding school in Michigan. She received her MA in Literature at University of Virginia and an MFA in fiction from Washington University in St. Louis.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385677758
ISBN - 13: 9780385677752