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Perfect Revenge
     

Perfect Revenge

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by K. L. Denman
 

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Lizzie Lane is used to life at the top of the food chain. Her near-perfect life is ruined when Rachel, a social victim of Lizzie’s, manages to get Lizzie in trouble at school. Rachel’s revenge even turns Lizzie’s friends against her. When Lizzie’s strange new neighbor teaches her about magic, Lizzie can’t resist creating a revenge spell

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Lizzie Lane is used to life at the top of the food chain. Her near-perfect life is ruined when Rachel, a social victim of Lizzie’s, manages to get Lizzie in trouble at school. Rachel’s revenge even turns Lizzie’s friends against her. When Lizzie’s strange new neighbor teaches her about magic, Lizzie can’t resist creating a revenge spell for Rachel. But she forgets the “rule of three,” that whatever spell you cast comes back on you three-fold—and Lizzie finds herself the victim of her own revenge plot.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Here is a clever twist on the old adage "Be careful what you wish for." Popular girl Lizzie—whose claim to fame is having the right fashion, glossy lipstick, and shiny hair—is all aflutter about Kyle, her hunk of the moment. Shallow as she is, Lizzie thinks nothing of betraying the confidence of her friend Rachel. Rachel is angry and out for revenge. She slips the answer key to a science test in a note handed to Lizzie. Under the threat of suspension, Lizzie swallows her pride, writes a note of apology and accepts after-school detention instead. There, she meets geeky Stella, who tells Lizzie she can seek perfect revenge on Rachel through the power of magick. Stella teaches Lizzie an incantation that she learned from her old country grandmother, but she warns the vengeful girl not to try it out without further teaching. The one drawback to the magic is that whatever you wish for will come back threefold to you. Lizzie, used to doing things her way, casts a spell to give Rachel a giant zit on her forehead. The Law of Three prevails, and soon Lizzie of the beautiful skin sports three enormous zits on her flawless complexion. Once again, it is Stella and her Baba to the rescue. Instructing Lizzie to think of Rachel's higher self, they subtly convince Lizzie to wish empathy upon Rachel, all the while remembering the Law of Three. The result is a delightful turnabout for both girls that will leave readers pondering and, maybe, chuckling at the power of magick. Lessons about self-centeredness, revenge and compassion are humorously disguised in this breezy teen novel of self-realization. Filled with teen speak, the book moves at a brisk pace and features true-to-life (albeitsomewhat one-dimensional) characters and situations. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

This hi/lo story uses a realistic school setting to present an obvious moral with a little "magick" thrown in. The story follows Lizzie and Rachel's fight over who will date Kyle. When Rachel frames Lizzie so that a teacher thinks she cheated on a test, the wronged girl's new neighbor teaches her how to get revenge using a spell. It backfires, showing Lizzie that there are consequences to getting even. In the end, the girls learn that life is about more than being mean. This book will be useful as assigned reading or as part of a lesson, but it's too heavy-handed to have much appeal among general readers.-Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library

CM Magazine
"Denman has constructed more than a light-hearted diversion for readers. There is a literary sophistication to her story that will introduce readers to elements such as foreshadowing and metaphor…Good-natured and well-written, Perfect Revenge is a solid antidote to the sensational works for teens spawned in this Gossip Girl era. Recommended."
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"Dripping in humour and satire, Perfect Revenge shows that revenge isn't the best way to solve a problem...High appeal for the adolescent female audience with its teen angst, relationships issues, and humourous approach to conflict resolution."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554696895
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

I sit up and stare at the tree. It's coming over? Part of me knows I better get out of there, fast, but my body refuses to move. My brain is saying, "go," but my body's just not getting it.

Sure enough, the tree starts rustling, and I think I'm going to faint now, just check out, when a long skinny leg emerges from the leaves. That leg is followed by another. Both legs are clad in striped socks. Seriously, red-and-black-striped socks.

The legs dangle for a moment and then an entire body drops to the ground. There is nothing else for me to do but scream. I close my eyes, throw back my head and howl.

Meet the Author

K.L. Denman was born in Calgary, Alberta, and spent her childhood in a house one street away from the open prairie. When she was 11, her family moved to Delta, British Columbia, and she got to know life on the coast: tides, clam digging, rain gear, green grass year-round and enormous trees. It was there that Kim and her sisters got their first pony. She continued to live near Vancouver for many years while finishing school, attending college, and eventually getting married and starting a family. She always loved writing and when her teen children and their friends provided inspiration and re-kindled memories of this challenging passage, writing for teens became an irresistible venture.

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Perfect Revenge 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lizzie Lane is used to life at the top of the food chain. Her near-perfect life is ruined when Rachel, a girl she socially destroyed, exacts her revenge by getting Lizzie in trouble for cheating on a test. Friendless and facing detention, Lizzie obsesses over finding the perfect revenge. When Stella, Lizzie's strange new neighbor, teaches Lizzie about magick, Lizzie can't resist creating a revenge spell. But she forgets the "rule of three," that whatever spell you cast comes back on you three-fold, and her zit spell backfires with dramatic results. When she asks for help from Stella's Baba, the only advice she gets is to "write the lesson of the zit on her heart." Can Lizzie find a way to teach Rachel a lesson without causing permanent disfigurement to herself?