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Angela's parents think she's on the road to ruin because she's dating a "bad boy." After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate "dangerous girls." But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that recovery is only on the agenda for the "better" girls. The other girls -- designated as "the purple thread" -- will instead...

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Girl, Interrupted . . . as written by V. C. Andrews.

Angela's parents think she's on the road to ruin because she's dating a "bad boy." After her behavior gets too much for them, they ship her off to Hidden Oak. Isolated and isolating, Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate "dangerous girls." But as Angela gets drawn in further and further, she discovers that recovery is only on the agenda for the "better" girls. The other girls -- designated as "the purple thread" -- will instead be manipulated to become more and more dangerous . . . and more and more reliant on Hidden Oak's care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545035293
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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Eliot Schrefer is the author of The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. He lives in New York City, and has never discovered any bodies. Visit him online at www.eliotschrefer.com.
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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    Fast-Paced and Thrilling

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    "She blamed me. And now, I was going to get punished."

    Angela Cardenas isn't your typical teenager who just get in some troubles in her life. Her whole life basically defines trouble.

    The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer is about Hidden Oak Academy for Dangerous Girls. Schrefer gives the glimpses of events that lead Angela to be enrolled in Hidden Oak.

    All the Hidden Oak Academy girls did something bad enough for their parents/guardians to give consent to Hidden Oak's staff to do, well, anything to discipline them.

    There's Dr. Zsilinska, Angela's counselor who just listens and talk in a circle. There's Juin, who has been to Hidden Oak and know all these things before.

    There's Hidden Oak; the school that imprison its girls within.

    In Hidden Oak's orientation, the counselors would make the girls fight among themselves to show their true colors. Then they judge whether each girl belongs to the Golden or the Purple thread.

    The less dangerous you are--say, probably an emotional breakdown that made your parents think you're crazy--the more likely you'll be in Golden thread.

    Angela was probably one of the most innocent, isn't she? But her motto in her whole life has been to stay as dangerous as possible. This book is about survival of the fittest in Hidden Oak; the hell of teenage crimes, and the teenager's solution to societal expectations.

    What I love about this book: It was really about survival. The mystery in the beginning definitely build up the story and made you just want to read further and further. It was set in a good pace, and although it was a middle grade book (not too easy, not too hard--vocab wise) it was still thrilling. I love it.

    What I dislike: The ending wasn't..exactly proper. I was hoping for...more about the Hidden Oak's fate at the end (you'll know what I mean when you read the book--since I'm not gonna spoil it for you...). I wouldn't mind reading another 50-100 pages about the ending, because it was just such an interesting book.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    great

    Angela is what her parents think is a "dangerous girl" so they send her to hidden oak to get "fixed". but, as angela soon discovers, only select girls who are sent to the school get fixed. they divide the girls into gold thread and purple thread. the gold thread are the girls who the school believes are fixable and able to overcome their dangerous ways and the purple thread are the girls who the school thinks are totally unfixable, but the school doesn't expel them cause they want the money. the school locks the purple thread girls in an old gym where they are allowed to get into very violent fights with each other. the school lies to the students parents so that if a student ever tries to tell what happens at the school they sound totally crazy. angela and her friends have to figure out a way to escape and shut down the school before the snow comes and they are trapped up on the mountain where the school is located.

    this was an amazing book. i love angela and all her friends. i stayed up all night reading it because i just couldn't put it down. i recommend it to everyone. i would say that i hoped there was a sequel but i think that this book is better as a stand-alone novel. i hope you enjoy this as much as i did :). if you liked this book, or books like this then i also recommend the maximum ride series by James Patterson, spy goddess: live and let shop by Michael P. Spradlin, Swindle by Gordon Korman, the 39 clues by various authors, twice upon a time: Rapunzle the one with all the hair, and my fair godmother by janette rallison.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    Scary and felt like a real life novel

    This book had so many twists and turns, but really well written. You really felt that Angela was trying not only to get out, but to make this terrible place go away forever. I loved how you really felt drawn into the scenes. Especially when they are going through the old abandoned buildings. Its gritty and intense at times, but really makes you see what it is to be a "dangerous girl".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    BRILLIANT!!!!!

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
    The end of every chapter leaves you wanting more!!! I couldn't put it down!!!!! MUST READ FORE EVERYONE!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Good book (:

    This book is amazing! My friend let me borrow it from her & it is one of the best books i have ever read. It takes off right from the beginning, making you guess what's going to happen next. A very thrilling book. I would definitely recommend this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Goos book, but with restrictions

    While I would say that this was a well written book that was very unpredictable with interesting plot twists, I would not say that it was an easy read. The mystery keeps you interested but there's just SO MUCH it just makes you go "seriously...that's just simply unbelievable" and it is. The characters are well drawn out but you never get a true sense of where each characters true colors lie which leaves you feeling fustrated.

    Overall I would say that it is definately worth a read, but be prepared to take the time to get through it all. If your like me and have to see a book through until the end regardless of how god or bad it is, then you'll enjoy the book for what it is upon completion. But if you looking for a book that draws you in and leaves you secure from the jump, this is not the book for you. While the first two chapters are inviting, the next few chapters following leave you irritated and lightly bored. Lots of action and plot twists, but not for those who do not enjoy a challenging book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

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    I absolutely LOVED this book!  It is very different from most of

    I absolutely LOVED this book!  It is very different from most of the YA that I have read... dark, gritty, and fiercely intense.  Most of the story is set at Hidden Oak, a boarding school that is really a last resort for girls considered to be unmanageable.  Many of these girls are there less for their own actions and more because of their parents' prejudices or inability to care.  These are girls that have had less than stellar lives and now are on paths of self-destruction through drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, etc.  

    Angela Cardenas has been the "bad girl" for most of her life.  Her parents were frustrated and tired of dealing with her, so when her grandfather became sick, her parents sent her to live with him.  After his untimely death, her parents become convinced that she is in some way responsible so they send her off to Hidden Oak.  This is a place that embodies all of the stereotypical darkness of a delinquent facility.  It is a lockdown facility and the rules are strictly enforced.  "Gold thread" girls are  those that the powers that be have decided can be rehabilitated.  The "purple thread" girls mysteriously disappear and it is an unspoken rule that they never be mentioned again.  What happens to those girls leads Angela onto a path of discovery and a deep-seated desire to escape this dangerous place.

    This is a remarkably intense and compelling read.  It is dark and full of  mystery and intrigue and twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages.  It  is also an emotionally deep story that drove me to tears more than once.  This is a story about decisions, choices, and survival.  It is a book that makes you question whether the ends really do justify the means.  

    The characters in this book were the driving force.  I liked the fact that the cast was multiracial, multicultural, and all with their own stories and complications.  There were many that were evil  to the core, and many others with whom you completely empathize.  Regardless of your feelings for a particular character, they invoke emotion.  

    Things to love about The School for Dangerous Girls...

       --No sunsets.  This isn't typical YA with the boy and the girl riding off into the sunset.  Yes, there is some romance, but it is not a central theme to the novel.
       --The variety.  These girls are of all races, colors, creeds, and sexuality.  They are of all  body types.  They are real.

    Things I wanted more or less of...

       --More ending.  I almost felt like the ending was a bit anti-climatic.  I wanted to know about more about what happened to Hidden Oak and the girls.
       --More understanding.  Some of these teachers were just plain cruel and I would have liked to know more about why that was.

    Some quotastic goodness...

       --She blamed me. And now, I was going to be punished (Loc. 58).
       --Pay attention. Because I can destroy you (Loc. 125-126).
       --You may never discuss your past with your schoolmates. Every girl here has dark stories that she would love to share late at night when the lights are down, but you may not, under any circumstances (Loc. 126-128). 
       --You could never undo a dangerous girl. You could only ask her to be dangerous for the right reasons (Loc. 4294-4295).

    My recommendation:  Gripping and intense, I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    It is pretty great

    I like it its good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Great book

    I really enjoyed this one and a couple of other books by this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Lovee it

    This book is one of my favorite books of all time ... you would never guess the ending .. i LOVE it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Awesom!

    I thought that this book was very good. You should really read this book. I promise that you will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    SO good!

    I'd never heard anything about this book, I just happened to see it while I was browsing through books, and thought it looked interesting. I couldn't put this book down. You should definitely buy this book!

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    This is a GREAT book

    I reccomend this book. It was undoubtly a Great book. I would recommend this to any and every body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

    Not too Dangerous

    I loved this book! It put a whole new meaning to the term "bad girl". It was intriguing and 1 of those books I never want to put down! Read it! Buy it! Do whatever you can, just buy this book! It's about friendship, traders, banning together, and most of all, the true meaning of a "bad girl". :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2010

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    What a good read..

    this book is simply amazing. The plot is interesting. i could barely put this book down. I have read everything from sci-fi to realistic fiction. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. THe plot is always changing and you really don't know what to expect.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    A Real Page Turner!

    Great story idea!!!
    Wonderful character development...
    memorable characters...
    twist after twist after twist...
    Well developed plot...
    Could make for an excellent series...

    The ending was somewhat of a let-down.
    However, don't let it deter you from
    picking up your own copy...
    What an excellent read!!!

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

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    Well Written

    I really loved this book; it was a book that I wouldn't usually read. I walked past it twice, until my friend picked it up and I actually read the blurb. It was very well written and kept me reading. I could not put this book down! Eliot Schrefer is an excellent author.

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    I must state at the beginning that I try to avoid reading other reviews of a book before I am able to give them a proper reading myself. However, with THE SCHOOL FOR DANGEROUS GIRLS, I glanced at some reviews posted on Amazon. Having read the mixed reviews, I went into this book with a bit of hesitancy. However, I am pleased to say that I totally disagree with the majority of the reviews that I found. From early on in the book, I was drawn into the intrigue that Angela Cardenas encounters upon her arrival at Hidden Oak. <BR/><BR/>Angela is sent packing to Hidden Oak after her parents blame her for the unfortunate death of her grandfather. All her life, Angela has been considered unruly and headstrong. Her parents had sent her to live with her grandfather in Texas when he fell ill because they didn't want to deal with her any longer. But when her grandfather dies, she is sent to Hidden Oak. Hidden Oak is a last resort for many girls that are classified as "dangerous." <BR/><BR/>Upon arrival, Angela, along with the other new students, is sent to the mansion. They are to spend a month there under watchful eyes and locked doors. As the month winds down, some girls are removed and sent elsewhere. Angela and those that remain question the methods of the school and where the other girls have gone. <BR/><BR/>Finally, Angela is sent off as well. It turns out that to be sent off is a good thing as those girls are the "gold thread," able to be rehabilitated. The girls that remain are considered the "purple thread" girls and are not to be mentioned ever again. <BR/><BR/>It doesn't take long for Angela to create waves in the main school. She searches for her cousin, Pilar, who had been sent to the school previously. She disagrees with the horrible punishments that the staff dishes out. And she questions what has become of her friends that remained at the mansion. <BR/><BR/>With the aid of a roommate that should not have been sent to Hidden Oak in the first place, and the son of one of the professors, Angela sets out to discover the truth of the purple thread girls and to let the outside world know what happens behind the doors of Hidden Oak. <BR/><BR/>Mr. Schrefer writes a compelling and page-turning novel. The story is dark and mysterious, and had me up late one night trying to finish it. The world Angela is thrust into makes the reader question if the methods of the school are encouraging rehabilitation in any of the students, or creating worse girls for society. <BR/><BR/>For any fan of Gothic, dark, gripping action, THE SCHOOL FOR DANGEROUS GIRLS should not be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2008

    Incredibly Fun

    A quick, engrossing read. Everyone I've given it to has read it in a day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2008

    Forgettable Book Missing Likeable Characters (Reviewed by TheBookworm)

    The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer<BR/>Publication Date: January 2009<BR/>2 out of 5 stars<BR/>PG-13 Sexual References and Frequent Profanity<BR/><BR/>The School for Dangerous Girls. A boarding school for troubled, ¿bad¿ girls. The last stop on the line. Their final chance at redemption. Angela¿s new forced upon her home. This school and its teachers are suppose to help her become a better law-abiding citizen, but the fear and evil inflicted on the girls is anything but legal or helpful. Some of the teacher¿s sincerity of their unfortunate predicament may be real, but the means for reformation is more vile than the problems. If Angela is unable to escape this terror, The School for Dangerous Girls may literally be her final resting place.<BR/><BR/>The School for Dangerous Girls was a forgettable book missing likeable characters.<BR/><BR/>The characters were self-preserving, untrustworthy people. They were always pointing their fingers at someone else. Yes, the punishments were over exaggerated but the girls never once felt truly sorry. They always thought of themselves as ¿not as bad¿ as the evil inflicted on them.<BR/><BR/>This book was also confusing. The teachers and psychologists twisted reality and truth into mind battering weapons of low self-esteem aimed at the girls.<BR/><BR/>The main reason for my continual reading was that I wanted to see the evil end. I didn¿t care about the characters or what happened to them, I just hoped that evil would not triumph and for real help for the girls.<BR/><BR/>I don¿t recommend The School for Dangerous Girls because it was never able to hold my attention for any long period of time and its unlikable, far-off characters.<BR/><BR/>¿Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.¿ Ezekiel 18: 30<BR/><BR/>Date Reviewed: December 8th, 2008<BR/><BR/>For more book reviews and book information check out my website at www.inthecurrent.blogspot.com

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