Perfect Revengeby 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 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.
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
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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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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?