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Breaking
Contributor(s): Rollins, Danielle
ISBN: 1619637405     ISBN-13: 9781619637405
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: June 2017
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Annotation: Charlotte, an outsider at prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute, must decide if she is willing to risk her own safety and sanity to discover the truth about her two best friends' suicides.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Suicide; Fiction.
Secrets; Fiction.
Best friends; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016037740
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (0.95 lbs) 298 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 April)

Gr 8 Up—Charlotte knows that she is attending the prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute in New York only because of her mother, a famous research scientist. She is content to stay in the shadows of her two friends, Ariel and Devon. The three of them used to joke that they represented different fairy-tale princesses—Ariel was the Little Mermaid, Devon was Snow White, and loyal Charlotte was Cinderella. When both of her friends supposedly commit suicide, Charlotte begins to wonder if something is very wrong at the school. Then she finds a tiny bottle of serum that one of her dead friends left her with the words "Drink Me" written on it. As Charlotte tracks down clues, she becomes uncomfortably aware that her mother and the local medical center are involved in the mysterious happenings. Students are being experimented on, and people have died in order to keep the secret hidden. This fast-paced read is just right for those who enjoy a little science fiction mixed in with their mystery. VERDICT Fans of medical mysteries with bioethical issues, such as Nancy Werlin's Double Helix and Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion, will enjoy this page-turner. A good choice for most YA collections.—Deanna McDaniel, Genoa Middle School, OH

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