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A harrowing account of a town that surrenders its humaniy. "A frightening and compelling story about prejudice, ignorance and hysteria."?Columbia Missourian

Sixteen-year-old David becomes intimately involved when a scandal is discovered about the strange new boy in his high school and everyone else turns against him.

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Overview

A harrowing account of a town that surrenders its humaniy. "A frightening and compelling story about prejudice, ignorance and hysteria."—Columbia Missourian

Sixteen-year-old David becomes intimately involved when a scandal is discovered about the strange new boy in his high school and everyone else turns against him.

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A frightening and compelling story.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A small town turns hostile when the new kid at the high school is identified as the son of an accused serial killer. Ages 12-up. (May) r
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-- From the time he first appeared at Ridgewood High School, Bran Slocum elicits hostile comments. He wears a ponytail and an earring, dresses oddly, has an eye that focuses strangely, and doesn't talk to anyone. Only Molly, known as ``Goblin Girl,'' befriends him. Gradually, Molly's childhood friend, David, is drawn against his will to Bran's defense and learns that the real Bran, although hard to get to know, is not the weirdo that brutal Nick Bruno and his followers claim. The persecution of Bran continues and grows uglier when it becomes known that he is the son of a mass murderer. Soon the whole school and town are involved in riots, vandalism, and ultimately, tragedy. Tolan has created believable characters in Bran and David; however, some of her other characters are either shallowly presented or stereotypical. The plot advances nicely, and Tolan writes well, but readers may have trouble accepting that a teen-age boy who acts a bit odd and has a murderer for a father could be the source of so much enmity that riots, arson, and attacks on the boy's relatives and their home could result. Some YAs may be willing to believe in such action, but critical readers will find that it strains credibility and seriously flaws the novel. --Ronald A. Van De Voorde, Graduate Library School, University of Arizona, Tucson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688161255
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Pages: 198
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.14 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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Chapter One

I may have been the first person in Ridgewood to see Bran Slocum. It was the first Saturday in October, about seven o'clock in the morning. The sun was turning the edges of the hills outside of town orange, and some wisps of mist were still rising from the damp ground. I was up and outside at that ungodly hour, pounding the sidewalk and sweating in the chilly air, mainly because of Molly Pepper.

I'd been dating Kristin Matthis since about the middle of the summer, and when Kristin made the cheerleading squad, Molly, who takes better care of my social life than I do, pointed out that it wasn't reasonable for a cheerleader to date Watson the Wimp. If I wanted to keep Kristin, I had to become a jock. The problem was that I'm tall and skinny ("free of excess body fat," Molly said) and have these really long arms and legs. I'm not crazy about heavy body contact, so football was out. it was the wrong season for basketball even if I could shoot baskets, which I can't.

But I can run. I'm not fast, but I have terrific endurance. Once I get started, I can run practically forever. So Molly insisted I try out for the cross-country track team, and I did, just to keep her off my back. To my surprise, I made it. There have to be at least five runners on a cross-country team if the school wants to compete officially and get ranked. Only four of the guys who tried out were fast, and none of them could go as far as I could, so Coach Morelli took me on in the hope that he could find some way to increase my speed. That's why I was out that Saturday morning. Coach had given me a stopwatch to time my runs. I wassupposed to try to take a few seconds off my time every day, running the same course.

You've heard of that movie, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner? I've never seen it, but the title's right on. Long-distance running isn't the kind of thing you do in groups. I mean, who else in their right mind would leave a nice, warm bed and an X-rated dream about Miss October to put on some holey sweats and runthrough the empty weekend-morning neighborhoods of Ridgewood, New York?

I'd been running half an hour, and I hadn't seen a single person except an old lady who was standing on her porch in her bathrobe, waiting for her pug dog to finish his business in her rhododendrons. That's why I particularly noticed when a cab drove past me, going real slow, and pulled up in front of a tired-looking, aluminum-sided two-story house down almost where Larch Street ends at the back of Ridge Lawn Cemetery.

My route takes me through the cemetery because, the gravel road is better for running than sidewalks, if you watch out for the ruts and dips, and because it looks terrific in there in the fall, when the leaves are changing. That's something you can't say about the neighborhood in general. Or most of Ridgewood for that matter.

I kept on running toward the cab as its back door opened and somebody heaved a duffle bag out onto the sidewalk and then climbed out after it. He must not have heard me coming. He reached into the cab and grabbed a backpack, swung it over his shoulder, and then backed right into me, as I started to swerve to avoid the duffle.

In the moment it took to get my balance and avoid falling, I got a good look at him. He seemed about my age, shorter than me by a couple of inches, but built better, with good shoulders and a tough-looking body. His hair was an ordinary sort of brown, but so long he'd tied it into a ponytail that hung a good six inches down the back of his jeans jacket. He had two rolled red and white bandannas tied around his neck. And he had an earring in one ear. You couldn't miss it. It was a big gold hoop.

He grunted when we hit, and turned toward me, his face startled-scared. For just a minute, he was like an animal in the middle of the road when your headlights hit it, eyes wide and terrified. Then he blinked, and it was as if he'd slipped a mask on. His face went blank.

"Sorry," I muttered. He frowned at me. At least I think he was frowning at me. It was hard to tell. His right eye was off somehow, angled sort of over my shoulder, while the other seemed to bore into my forehead. His mouth was a straight, tight line. "Sorry," I said again, though it hadn't really been my fault.

Still frowning, he settled his backpack more firmly onto his shoulder and I turned away and started running again. I glanced back over my shoulder once, and saw a balding guy with a paunch come out of the house and start down toward the kid, who was paying the cab driver, and then I ran on.

By the time I was through the service gate and onto the cemetery's gravel road, I'd just about forgotten the whole thing, watching the coils of mist that were rising from among the headstones like anemic ghosts.

I'd been running through the cemetery every day, and I don't think I'd ever thought about the dead people. But that morning, I had a couple of second thoughts. When I came out the main gate and checked the stopwatch, I saw that I'd made it through in record time. Not great time for cross-country maybe, but great for me.

Plague Year. Copyright © by Stephanie Tolan. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    cool

    this book is real awsome it gives real good details and the charaters in this book incredible

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    DEEP

    This book is really good.Plague year will make you look at the way people treat other people because of who they are or who their family members are.This book will also make you realize how fragile human emotions are when threaten. The character in the book did NOT deserve to die because he wasnt afraid of being himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2005

    Prejudice

    I think this book accuratly shows how our prejudice can hurt other people, even the people we're not trying to hurt. I truely felt pain deep inside when I read the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    Great Book

    Plague year is one of the best books I ever read. I, too, am from a small town and could relate to the peer pressure, and discrimination that happens in the book. I actually had a signed copy of the book at one time but after years of moving I can't seem to find it. I would love to read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    The plague year is a great book that teaches us a great lesson that every teenager should know. Bran Solcum is a new kid at Ridgewood High School in New York, when he gets there everybody starts making fun of him and judging him before they get to know him. The leson that it teaches us is not to be to quick to judge people before getting to know them. I think that everyone should read this book, everyone can relate to this book in some way or another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    The Plague is a very good book,it is always keeping you on your toes! What is the secret? Well let's just say it isn't what you would suspect. It also helps to teach a very good lesson. Everyone should read this book to get a different perspective on life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    In this book, too much is going on. There is so much activity occuring that you can easily get confused. Tolan can go from school to city council just like that. There is also a poor use of all of the characters and the ending wasn't surprising; nor the plot. Hence forth, I did not enjoy the Plague Year at all. I would not reccomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    To me this book was very good the characters were very well thought out and the ending was weak,because it left many things undon or unsaid. The book was very well writen and I think you all must read it....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    The plague Year is one of the books at school that I actually kept on reading. It was about a new kid in town with disturbing and unbelievable facts about his family that can and does ruin his life. Most of the other kids at school tantalized him, but just a few tried to befriend him. It kept getting worse and worse. It started out as rude comments but ended as a tragic death. All because of an unfamiliar face. I think this book is good for people of all ages. It is pretty realistic because of all the things kids do say today about others who look different or think different from them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    The Plague Year was one of the best books i've ever read.Sometimes when i read a book i get tired of it real quickly but not The Plague Year,it always made you want to read on.I got so into the book that at the end it actually made me cry.I wasn't surprised that i did because I enjoyed reading that book.I liked how Stephanie Tolan made the characters personality's real.I can relate to almost every character in The Plague Year,I've been put down Like Bran and Molly but yet I've been like David and didn't know what to do.She made the situations realistic and I think thats great how an author can make there stories relate to the audiences.I hope I come across another book like The Plague Year that i enjoyed to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    The Plague Year i believe taught a lesson to all ages.It shows the ups and downs of being a "different" person of modern day society.I think that Stephanie Tolan had a nice way of showing the way descrimination hurts the way our neighborhood and social systems work.It goes with the saying never judge a book by it's cover because you never know why a person is the way they are untill you take time to find out.Sometimes secrets are more open than the news.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    In the story, it had a great plot. It had alot of conflicts, but it didn't seem that Bran Slocum had much of a character. It would of been more interesting if that when Bran would get bullied someone would of stepped up and stood up for him or even tried to. I also would have liked to see Bran stick up for himself a little more than what he did. At the end when David Watson and Molly Pepper sat there and watched Bran get in a fight with Nick and his gang. They should of stepped in. I really did not like how it ended with death and hate at the end I hoped that it would end with all the criticism would all turn around to positive things. I would also liked to see if Bran could possibly fit in with the others. Maybe see what would of happened to Nick and Gordon at the end, maybe they would get in serious trouble for putting Bran in all the trouble. This book was still a well thought out, they showed people how bad hate and criticism could be. It also shows what happens when you don't stand up for it and let it get out of control like it did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    The book, Plague Year by Stephanie S. Tolan was a good book, considered it was not long enough for me, i'm a fantasy book reader, so i'm used to the 450 page books, but this was a good book for its length. The book involves great characters which were built around a well thought out plot and problems, even though there were only a few problems in the book, they fit nicely into the plot and theme. She explained the characters and created them with the best personalities that you need for this type of story. She also has the "page-turning method" which keeps you going and going. Your mind is constantly thinking, what if this happens like this. Its a great school book, and even if you're bored on the weekend. Pick up the book and im sure you wil be happy, I give this book at Three for its outstanding plot and characters, but also those two that werent put on were because of the length and the very few problems that were in it. The characters, (Molly, Bran, David, Nick) all have their own feelings about problems, Nick we dont see in this point of view but in Molly's we have to settle the problem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    The Plague year had a lot of good things to it but a lot of bad things also. One thing would be that the parents dont play a big role in the book with every thing that happens to Bran because in today's society the parents get involved in what their kids do and what they do to other people and what other people do to them. One other thing that I didnt like is the ending. The ending would be alright in another book where different things lead up to that point but the ending didnt really fit the book very well. There were alot of parts in the book that I liked, one would be the way the school is set up and everyone acts just like they would in real life, and the bullies are very realistic about what they do to the people that they dont like. one last thing that I like, was the way people acted when something didnt go the way they wanted it to go.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    Bran Slocum has the secert of them all and does not want to tell.Bran is not in a comely apperince kinda guy. Molly Pepper and David Watson don't care until they found out, but they see what the people don't. The part I like about the book is that when, Bran comes inthe class and just ignore he rest of the class. Or when they trick NIck. Also when Molly flipped Nick off. There is a killer on the loose but they don't know that he has a son that goes to their sons and doughters school. Nick is the kind of guy that needs the attentoin and he needs to tantalize someone.Guess who he takes it out on? Molly and David try to help their knew friend out until his secert is out. THere is a ending that you won't beleive. It evenig shock me. It'll shock you too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    In this book the author was pretty good at having suspence.If you like suspence it is a pretty good book.She had a good amount of detail on what the the characters look like.I think the theme of the book was a little off.Because she was kinda saying not to judge people but she had us judging Nick Bruno and his friends.Thats why i dont think she had a good moral lesson in the book.she will put you in a spot where you can not stop reading.She does show you how far some kids can take things to far and somebody gets hurt or even killed...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    Be careful who you talk to.

    I think this book was really good.The only bad part was the vary end because three of the characters died, two of them I did not care about becaues they where evil.The auther did a good job on the way she showed hatred in the characters.The ending was sad.Bran was a kid who was oicked on because people thought he was a faggot but later he got pcked on for a lot of different reasons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    Stephnie tolan tried very hard to get this book to be suspenseful, but she failed. She gave up the whole suspense after two chapters into the book. I liked her theme but the ending she put for the book was unfair and unrealistic. The ending ruined the whole book. Stephanie Tolan took way too drastic measures for little problems. Her theme was exceltent to write about,but she could have found other ways to express her point of view. I like David's point of view she used because he is like most teenage students now a days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    its okay

    palgue year is okay,but some of the characters were to fake.Dr.Towson was kind of corny.i doubt anybody would really stand in front of their school and wait with a smile on their face to let his kids into the building.i did like how she did david though.he was a real oustanding character.he changes a ton throughout the story.i like how he learns how to stand up for his real friends,when he knows that it could affect his reputation.he takes chances when he already realize the horrible outcome.i think he shows true friendship and bravery.molly is a really blunt character.she will say anything she wants to and doesnt care what anybody else thinks.shes almost to hard on david,because she pushes david and bran to expose themselves when they may not want to.i do respect how she does befriend bran for who he is,not what he is.tolan is a good but kind of bad writer.she needs to work on how she does her morals but be able to support them properly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Plague Year

    Plague Year is a great book for anyone because it tells the story of a few kids Bran, Molly, and David, that get beat up and tormented by popular jocks and cheerleaders Kristen, and Nick, just because they are different in someway or another. Why? Because I guess some people have low self esteem and have to pick on others to make themselves feel better. I guess the ending was okay for some people, but I didn't like it at all. It wasn't linked to the story and is very unsuspected. You should definately read this book because it teaches a good lesson. TIP- buy a box of tissues! You'll need'm!

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