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VOYAIn this third entry in Shusterman's Dark Fusion series, Cara DeFido is so grotesque she cannot look into mirrors without breaking them. Because of her "ugularity," Cara is the biggest outcast at Flock's Nest High School and is dubbed the Flock's Nest Monster. Cara has no friends, roams cemeteries at night, and sleepwalks. Cara runs away after her father bribes a classmate to take her to the dance. She ends up in a community where everyone is stunningly beautiful. They welcome her and give her a magic elixir that makes her beautiful too. For the first time, Cara fits in. She goes back to Flock's Nest to say goodbye, but when she gets there, she realizes that she wants revenge. As in Dread Locks (Dutton, 2005/VOYA June 2005) and Red Rider's Hood (2005/VOYA October 2005), this novel fuses fairy tale with mythology and legend. It has threads of the ugly duckling story and the legend of the fountain of youth. This twisted fairy tale is quite dark and does not have a happy ending. Readers will learn the valuable lesson that beauty is only skin deep. After Cara becomes beautiful, the irony is that everyone still hates her. This fast-paced book is great for both avid and reluctant readers. Readers do not have to be familiar with the other titles in the series to follow Cara's story. Give it to fans of horror and mythology and fairy-tale retellings. It is a recommended purchase for public and school libraries serving middle and high school students. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, Dutton, 224p., Ages 12 to 18.