The Academy

The Academy

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by Bentley Little
     
 

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Here's one good reason for staying home from school...

Something strange is happening at Tyler High. The laid-back principal has become unusually strict. The janitors no longer work nights because of what they hear. The students are frightened by what they see. And things are happening on school grounds that defy rational explanation. But there is an

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Here's one good reason for staying home from school...

Something strange is happening at Tyler High. The laid-back principal has become unusually strict. The janitors no longer work nights because of what they hear. The students are frightened by what they see. And things are happening on school grounds that defy rational explanation. But there is an explanation. It's just nothing that anyone can begin to believe-or hope to survive.

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Publishers Weekly

School principal Jody Hawkes, known for being easygoing, decides to turn John Tyler High into a charter school without notifying any of her staff. At first, as Jody promises additional freedom and autonomy, most faculty embrace the changes-but it soon becomes clear that a evil bait and switch is underway. Students and faculty who embrace the charter get steadily darker and more sadistic; teachers and students who oppose the charter find strange things happening and people disappearing; and the school seems to have taken on a life of its own. The resolution is painfully simple, but overall Little crafts a tightly allegorical piece of horror. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451224675
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
614,935
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Bentley Little was born in Arizona a month after his mother attended the world premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. He is the author of ten previous novels, including The Revelation, The Mailman, The Summoning, Death Instinct (published under the name Phillip Emmons), University, Dominion, The Ignored, The Store, The House and The Town. An acknowledged master of horror, he is currently at work on his next novel.

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Academy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Shadowlane More than 1 year ago
It's been a long time since I've read a book that gave me the heebie jeebies, but this one sure did. It gets a little ick at times, but it never loses the "turn all the lights on" feel. I'll definitely be checking out some of Little's other books.
Pistachio77 More than 1 year ago
This book was a definite page turner and had many quirky items which were not appropriate for a school of any kind. I am in the education field so for me it put a spin on the normal, everyday school into a situation of abnormalities that kept you breathless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Bentley Little's books and have not found one that doesn't grab my attention instantly and make me not want to put it down. The man does a great job on making you "see" the characters and the setting. His ability to take a normal situation and turn it into something scary and bizarre is a great asset. This book is a page turner and makes you want to home school your children.
GlennTheory More than 1 year ago
Bentley Little is one of the most consistant Horror writers i have ever read. While "The Academy" might not be his best book, it is certainly another vintage case of his gifted imagination. This guy writes nightmares so that i don't have to have them. He has a knack for making me yell things out loud like: "no, don't go with her!", or "just punch him in the face!" or my wife's favorite, "no, you can't just let them do that!"
This one had me wound up around every nasty twist and every bizarre turn. I had no idea what kind of crazy road Little was leading me down, but their was no way I wasn't along for the ride. "The Academy" is just what I'm looking for whenever I start jonesing for my next dose of "the horror poet laureate"(Stephen King's words, not mine), the one and only Bentley Little.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read several of this author's books and found them creepy if not scary. In each of these books the author gave not-so-subtle hints as to his political bent. They were "overlookable" for the most part because the stories were entertaining. Well. This book goes from not-so-subtle to full exposure of the author's political identity. This writer doesn't care for authors, actors or musicians who incorporate political bias into their books, movies or music. Even if it's political bias with which I agree. The politics in this book don't do much to advance the story and many, no doubt, were put off by the author's obvious bent. Lastly, although the concept and story were compelling, the dialogue between these high school kids was too adult. High school kids don't converse the way the kids in this book do. Their vocabulary was above that of this age group. Although the author is an excellent writer and his stories good, his political insertions will cause this reader to look elsewhere for reading. entertainment. In this
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
In 'The Academy' Bently Little makes the plot so terrifying that it will make your blood curl. Its about a teacher and some high school students who start noticing weird changes in there school sinse it became a charter. Of course he adds sine dirty pieces as he does with all of his novels, but it doesnt stop there. Its a creepy tale on that will make your head spin! Anything Bently Little writes is genuinly good, but this is way beyond that! An awesome book by an awesome writer. I reccomend this to any horror fans!
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I had no idea that this author was so political. I thought I was just reading a horror story. Sorry to say, I will not be finishing this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Havnt read anything else by this guy yet. Hopefully next one is better............started out like it could be interesting , then just got raunchy and the socalled explanation for the events came too late....and pretty lame at that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally disturbing but at the same time suspenseful and scary! You will not want to stop reading this book. This is the first book I have read from this author and I am looking forward to reading more books by this author!
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Let say I started reading and could not put it down
smeyers135 More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book. I never ran across any dry spots and there was action from beginning to end. I couldn't put the book down! If you love horror and supernatural stories this is the one for you. Check it out!!!!!
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I love every Bentley Little book I pick up and this one was just as hard to put down as the rest of them. Once you start reading Little's books it is difficult to stop. I've read just about every one of his books... Favorites are The Store and The Train.
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