Three Quarters Dead

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Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school and so she thinks life has finally begun. But then it seems all over when her three friends are killed in a shocking car accident. Or are they? Only weeks after the accident, Kerry receives a text from one of the girls: We're all 3 here at my aunt's in the city. Take the 3:50 train. B there.

Exhilarating, terrifying suspense is crossed with a thought-provoking examination of peer pressure in Richard Peck's return to his ...

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Overview

Kerry is chosen by the coolest clique in school and so she thinks life has finally begun. But then it seems all over when her three friends are killed in a shocking car accident. Or are they? Only weeks after the accident, Kerry receives a text from one of the girls: We're all 3 here at my aunt's in the city. Take the 3:50 train. B there.

Exhilarating, terrifying suspense is crossed with a thought-provoking examination of peer pressure in Richard Peck's return to his contemporary teen- and ghost-story roots. This is a master author's gift to the Gossip Girl/Twilight generation: his own smart, stylish, and fun take on the paranormal.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Peck never writes a book that is less than a page-turner, and this paranormal horror story captures the extremes of joy and dread, belonging and ostracism that are the core of the high school experience. Fifteen-year-old Kerry Williamson is new at prestigious suburban Pondfield High and doesn't expect much. Her status is transformed the day Tanya, Natalie, and Makenzie--the coolest, prettiest junior and senior girls--welcome her into their clique ("I'd moved from reality to a reality show, and what could be better?"), although a place in this charmed circle doesn't guarantee the respect of its rulers. A fatal accident just weeks before prom steals all the magic away--until an impossible text message tells Kerry that, just maybe, not everything has been lost. Kerry's voice is wistful, vulnerable, and would-be sophisticated, and the excuses she gives for her compromises ring both hollow and true. Perhaps because of this realism, the sudden escalation of fantastic horror in the last third of the book comes across as a pat resolution. Nevertheless, the story keeps its hold on readers to the very end. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
Kerry Williamson is just an ordinary sophomore girl wanting to be seen by the cool girls at school but seemingly invisible to most everyone around her. Then one day at lunch everything changes when Tanya Spangler, the most popular, important senior at Pondfield High School, asks Kerry to come sit with her and the other two most popular girls in the school, Natalie and Mackenzie. No longer an invisible loner but a part of this small, elite circle of friends, Kerry could not be happier, or so she believes. Then, on Halloween night her new friends make a strange request of Kerry, one that involves sneaking into someone's house when they are not home. At the first sign of danger, Kerry's friends leave her to fend for herself. Despite being angry at their betrayal, Kerry continues to shadow her new friends. Abruptly her three friends are killed in a car wreck during spring, but a month after the accident, Kerry receives a text message from Tanya telling her to meet up with them in the city. Is what awaits Kerry a bone chilling reality or simply a horrifying nightmare? Peck succeeds at building suspense throughout this young adult novel; however, the ending fails to bring fulfillment equal to the level of suspense created, perhaps leaving the reader feeling unsatisfied and somewhat confused. Younger children may find this book very disturbing and frightening. Others who enjoy thrilling and ghostly tales may love the frightful and suspenseful feelings the book elicits. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
Jackie Evans
Kerry is a sophomore who desperately wants to join the popular crowd. During lunch, the coolest girls at school befriend her and include her in their discussion. Kerry will do anything to make sure that they continue to include her during and outside of lunch. Her friends begin inviting her places and then give her tasks to perform. She fails to realize that the assignments given to her by these friends are hurtful to others and that she is being used. Kerry becomes so wrapped up in a world of texting, prom, and gossip that she continues to perform her popular friends' bidding—even after they suffer a fatal car crash. Are her friends still alive? Were they even dead? This story is packed with intrigue and leaves the reader questioning the power of the supernatural world. Kerry begins as a malleable girl, but grows into a strong young woman. Reviewer: Jackie Evans
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Richard Peck takes the theme of an outsider longing to fit in and be part of the popular crowd in a chilling new direction in this compelling novel (Dial, 2010). Carrie is introduced through a pleading question, "What do you do when you're 15 and not in the loop?" As the narrator, Carrie has an underlying recognition that it is not in her best interest when she's welcomed by Tanya, Natalie, and MacKenzie, part of the high school in-crowd. She knows that she's being manipulated, but she's just desperate enough to go along with even their worst behaviors. The voices of Carrie's friends reflect their self-centeredness, bossiness, and lack of empathy. Even after the three girls are killed in a car crash, Tanya is not one to be denied and demands that Carrie do her bidding. The description of the dead girls, roller skating in the penthouse of a New York luxury apartment building, is vividly frightening. Ariadne Meyers' narration is spot-on, reflecting the girls' self-centeredness, bossiness, and lack of empathy. She perfectly voices Tanya's imperious nature. Listeners may get impatient with Carrie's reluctance to let go of girls who treated her poorly in life and even worse in death, but they will be hooked to the end to discover if she ever gets up the strength to stand on her own and prevent a final act of wickedness by Tanya.—Edith Ching, University of Maryland, College Park
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142419427
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/29/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,336,065
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Peck
Richard Peck, the author of more than thirty novels, has won numerous awards, including a National Humanities Medal, the Edgar Mystery Award, the Newbery Medal, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, and the Scott O’Dell Award. He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in New York City.
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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    Ghostly and suspenseful

    I was given this book right before Halloween and I think that it was a perfect book to be reading during this time of year. The book is written from the point of view of Kerry, a sophomore high school girl who is doing her best to just blend into the wallpaper at her school. But one day at lunch she catches the eye of Tanya, a senior and one of the school's top social bracket. When Kerry gets pulled in, she becomes a new girl, and typical with this situation, it runs its course, but has a tragic end. When Tanya and two of her best friends are killed in a car wreck, Kerry plunges into a deep depression and she goes back to being obscure. Its during this depression that the book changes its tone. Starting from where Kerry gets a text message from one of the dead girls, the story is very etherial and spooky. Kerry goes to New York, to the apartment where Tanya is at and you really wonder if Kerry is really seeing these things, or has her depression clouded her mind. The closing scene is something that plays out like a scene from a horror film and you finally start to see the cloud lift from her. This is perfect for a spooky read during this time of year, and its quick, but you still get a satisfying closure. You really dont have any clue as to the ending till its right there in front of you, so the author does a great job of keeping you guessing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    If you've had a loss, this will creep you out. It is way more g

    If you've had a loss, this will creep you out. It is way more graphic than the blurb leads you to think.

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