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Children's LiteratureKatie O'Connor needs a change. After her father dies, she begins having unexplainable nightmares and blackouts. Suddenly she is unable to keep up on her social life and she withdraws from her mom and older brother. Katie gets just the chance that she desires when her widowed mother becomes engaged to a wealthy accountant and the family relocates to upscale Brentwood, California. Determined to reinvent herself, Katie enrolls in an elite prep school. Always shy and awkward, Katie finally finds life going her way: a lead in the school play, friends to hang out with, and a cute boyfriend. Then without warning her nightmares return and she is once again haunted by "the monster." Katie must discover the secret her mind is harboring before everything about her new life is ruined. This well-written page-turner is predictable at times, but overall an interesting journey of self-discovery that younger high school students will find intriguing. This novel deals with heavier topics such as sex and molestation that parents and teachers should be aware of. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 14 up.