Return of the Perfect Girls (Replica #18)

Return of the Perfect Girls (Replica #18)

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by Marilyn Kaye
     
 

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Who will survive the dangers of the island?

Palm trees swaying in the breeze. An azure sky. A sun-drenched beach. Crystal-clear water. Amy wants to believe the island is a tropical paradise–except she’s not there by choice, and the company she’s keeping doesn’t always inspire sisterly love. The other Amys are on the island. Andy

Overview

Who will survive the dangers of the island?

Palm trees swaying in the breeze. An azure sky. A sun-drenched beach. Crystal-clear water. Amy wants to believe the island is a tropical paradise–except she’s not there by choice, and the company she’s keeping doesn’t always inspire sisterly love. The other Amys are on the island. Andy and his “brothers” are nearby. And bad people want them to do bad deeds. Amy’s got to rally the rebellious clones–if they all want to end up as survivors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804149976
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/25/2013
Series:
Replica
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

One Amy Candler opened her bedroom window and gazed out at the early morning with satisfaction. It was going to be a perfect day.

First of all, it was a Saturday—no school and no schedule, no special chores or errands to run. The sun was shining, the sky was blue. There wasn’t a cloud in sight; there wasn’t even a slim chance of an unexpected shower. The air was warm but not uncomfortably hot, and there was barely a trace of humidity.

Amy took a deep breath. For a second, she thought she caught a whiff of salt water.

Of course, that was just her imagination. Even with her highly acute sense of smell, and despite the fact that the Pacific Ocean wasn’t very far away, there was no way the scent of the ocean could penetrate this far inside the metropolis of Los Angeles.

But it wouldn’t be long before she’d really be breathing in that lovely salty aroma. Just an hour or so from now. With that in mind, she left the window and went to her closet for her backpack. She stuffed a towel inside, tossed in suntan lotion, a hairbrush, a bathing cap, and her camera. She was in the process of choosing between three swimsuits when she heard her mother call from downstairs.

“Amy, I’m leaving.”

“Okay, Mom,” she called back.

Then came the question she dreaded. “What are you up to today?” Nancy Candler wanted to know.

Amy hesitated, debated, and finally replied, “Just hanging out with Chris.”

She heaved a sigh of relief when there was no further interrogation. Her mother merely responded with, “have fun,” to which Amy echoed, “you too.”

As she heard the car backing out of the driveway, she assured herself that she hadn’t really lied to her mother. She was planning to spend the day with Chris Skinner, her new boyfriend. What she had neglected to mention was their destination, and the fact that they would be traveling there on a boat.

Actually, she herself didn’t know the destination—that was part of the surprise.

The note had been sticking out of her locker door at school yesterday, after her last class. Mr. Christopher Skinner cordially invites Miss Amy Candler on a mystery cruise, it began. This was followed by a date and a time, and directions to the wharf where the boat was docked.

Amy had no idea where, how, or why Chris had managed to get his hands on a boat. He didn’t usually ask her to do things by way of a formal invitation. But even though she hadn’t known Chris all that long, the one thing she did know about him was that he was full of surprises.

She imagined that they would be going to some secluded, remote beach for a picnic, a swim, and a long, lazy day in the sun. It would be a nice change from the popular, crowded beaches where she normally went with friends. And even if Nancy Candler knew what she was up to, Amy doubted that her mother would mind. She liked Chris. He was the responsible type. Amy had no doubt that he’d make sure their adventure would be a safe one, and that she’d be back home at a reasonable hour.

She checked her watch. It was time to take off.

Almost an hour later, and after three bus changes, she was finally walking along the wharf. There were no beaches along this stretch of shore—it was more like one big, wet, parking lot for boats. Crafts of all types, shapes, and sizes bobbed in the water alongside the piers that stretched out from the shore. She wasn’t sure what kind of boat she was looking for, but she had a name—Master of the Waves. She supposed she would just have to look at every boat until she found the one with those words painted on its side.

It turned out to be one of the medium-sized boats, not a yacht or anything luxurious, but a big enough craft to have sleeping quarters under the deck. She’d been on one like it once before, with her mother and some friends of hers. She wondered who it belonged to, and who would be in charge of the trip. She didn’t see anyone around.

Carefully, Amy stepped onto the deck. “Chris?” she called. There was no response.

He was probably waiting for her below deck, she decided. She located the stairs and started down. “Chris?” she called again. “Are you there?” Hearing nothing, Amy steeled herself for the possibility that he would jump out from behind something to surprise her.

Cautiously, she explored the sleeping quarters, but no one was in them. The little kitchenette was deserted too. She rapped on the door of the bathroom, but got no response.

There didn’t seem to be any other place where Chris could be hiding. Apparently, she was the first to arrive.

Taking another look around, she marveled at how so much could be stuffed into such a small area. It was truly an ingenious design. A person could really live on this boat. The kitchenette had a tiny stove, a miniature refrigerator, cabinets, and a sink. A little table could be pulled down from the wall, and two stools rested under it. Every inch of space was utilized. In the bathroom, a skinny shower was neatly crammed into the corner, and the toilet was squeezed next to the sink.

She was in the process of checking out the drawers under the beds when she became aware of an odd sensation. At first, she thought the slight dizziness was the result of not eating breakfast. Then she realized that the feeling wasn’t coming from inside her at all.

The boat was moving!

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Return of the Perfect Girls 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy suddenly finds herself on a beutiful isalnd that holds many dark and dangerous secrets for her and her fellow brothers and sisters.She soon realizes the Organazations cruel intentions.They have invented a machine that takes all of ones emotions away, forever.And once again mysterisouly Mr. Devon shows up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me, Replica # 18 (return of the perfect girls) is Marilyn Kayes best special edtion. it is the most exciting, fun filled and creative. I finished it in one day it was so good. I wish I hadn't finished it yet, so that I still had more to read it. If you have not read it yet, what are you waiting for? I Can't wait until #19, Dreamcrusher!
Guest More than 1 year ago
what puts her to sleep till the boat arrives at the island is the cinnamon on the cinnomon roll. if you remember from PERFECT GIRLS (#4) there was an apple pie with cinnamon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good addition to the series. It was really interesting, and had a lot of twists. I recommend this to anyone who likes the Replica series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy's set for a fun day with her new boyfriend, Chris, after he sends her a mysterious note, inviting her to meet him for a 'mystery cruise.' But she's in for the shock of her life. Because it's not Chris that sent her the note, but the Organization, which has suddenly turned up again in her life. She arrives on a beautiful tropical island, and comes face to face with the other Amys. They've all been brought here against their will - including Aly, the defective clone, whom the organization mistook for Number Three, the clone who died in a tragic accident at the hospital in New York so long ago. The organization has brought the Amys here to compete in a series of competitions against the twelve Andys. Amy has to get all the clones to work together if they all want to make it off the island alive. Many familiar characters are back in this book, some new ones are introduced as well, and there are many startling revelations that are made. This was one of the best books in the series, and all Replica fans should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amy Candler is ready for a romantic ÒcruiseÓ with her new boyfriend, Chris. But when the boat takes off, with no sign of Chris, she starts to wonder if thereÕs more to this than meets the eye. When she arrives at a mysterious, beautiful island, itÕs like something out of a dream. But the dream is about to become a nightmare. On this island, there are people waiting for her. 11 more Amys. 12 Andys. And a number of people who are after them all and want to take over the world. Unfortunately for Amy, almost everyone but herself is set on the idea of this all being a big vacation. But when they start some competitions between the Andys and the Amys, some of them start to reconsider. Because if you lose, one of your team members is voted off island. And considering that the organization is in charge of this little game of Survivor, it isnÕt likely they go home, let alone with any sum of money. Amy has to find her Andy and create an alliance of all the nice Amys, find out the goal of the organization and whatÕs happening to the clones voted off, if they want to get off this dangerous island with their lives.... This is definitely the best book in the series, in my opinion. It was very exciting and sort of twisted, too. Some more about the organization is revealed in this thrilling episode in AmyÕs dangerous life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course, I haven't read this book yet, but I know judging from all the other books, this is gonna be a really fabulous book to read! I haven't even read the last one, but i am to day. c'mon! hurry! i wanna get this book as fast as I can!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a great book and it is very exciting. It has mystery and all. It's undiscricribably good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, another Replica book!!! I'm ready to read this one because it sounds intresting. I want to find out what happens with Amy & Chris and whether or not they start dating. I also want to know what Eric is gonna do. He was always my fave charactor but in 'Missing Pieces' he was very mean. Plus, there's the return of Andy so it can't be all bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Replica books exept the last two and they have all been really great. I just can't wait till this new onw comes out it seems like it will be really cool!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for this book to come out! I have read all the Replica books out so far, and they're all really great!! My favorite one was #4, Perfect Girls. This one sounds like it's going to be a lot like it. I don't think I'll be able to wait until June!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the other Replica books and they all are great. I think this one is going 2 be just like the others. some one email me, im bored!!