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What Waits in the Woods
     

What Waits in the Woods

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by Kieran Scott
 

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Seeing things. You were just seeing things. For city girl Callie Velasquez, nothing sounds more terrifying than a night out in the wilderness. But, wanting to bond with her popular new friends, Lissa and Penelope, she agrees to join them on a camping trip. At least Callie's sweet new boyfriend, Jeremy, will be coming too. But nothing goes as planned. The group

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Seeing things. You were just seeing things. For city girl Callie Velasquez, nothing sounds more terrifying than a night out in the wilderness. But, wanting to bond with her popular new friends, Lissa and Penelope, she agrees to join them on a camping trip. At least Callie's sweet new boyfriend, Jeremy, will be coming too. But nothing goes as planned. The group loses half their food supply. Then they lose their way. And with strange sounds all around her--the snap of a twig, a sinister laugh--Callie wonders if she's losing her mind. Tensions swirl among the group, with dark secrets suddenly revealed. And then, things take a fatal turn: Callie stumbles upon a cold dead body in the woods. Is the murderer close by, watching them? Callie has to figure out where she can turn and who she can trust, before her own life is at stake. Kieran Scott weaves a thrilling mystery that explores love, loyalty--and the dangerous decisions we make in order to survive.

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Praise for What Waits in the Woods:
"This is pure page-turning, up-all-night genre fiction... Readers...will enjoy being vicariously creeped out." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Scott knows how to keep readers turning pages. This novel is a masterfully written thriller." -- School Library Connection

"Cinematically paced, it's tough to put it down. Readers will be kept up late, shocked to discover the depth of the darkness that lies in the woods." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Scott builds constant tension, and the novel's events unfold like a horror movie." -- School Library Journal

"[C]inematic and suspenseful... readers will be on edge throughout this page-turner." -- The Horn Book Guide

"With the taut pacing of a horror movie, plenty of gruesome twists, an angsty romantic triangle, and a deeply creepy ending, this one is sure to satisfy teens." -- Booklist

VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Kara Eng
The plot and premise of What Waits In The Woods is cliché. This is not to say that it is not scary—it is. But it is not hide-under-your-covers scary. The characters act realistically, which makes the story haunting. It is not as scary as it could have been because the plot is so transparent. The writing is unremarkable and lacks descriptions with depth. This book will appeal to readers looking for something to pass time. Reviewer: Kara Eng, Teen Reviewer; Ages 12 to 18.
VOYA, February 2015 (Vol. 37, No. 6) - Jane Gov
Callie is not a wilderness girl, but when her popular best friends invite her for a weekend camping trip, she does not back down, especially since her new, sweet boyfriend offers to go along. Within the first day, they lose all their supplies, ruin their cell phones, and get lost. Lucky for them, they meet a stranger who is familiar with the woods and agrees to help them find their way to civilization. In their wake, creepy dolls and floating wicked laughter keep them on edge. Tensions escalate as jealousy, distrust, and starvation seep in. Eventually they lose one of their own. The story is interspersed with short journal entries (called Recover Journal) from an unknown maniacal character, and it is clear that it is either the person who is following them or one from their own company. The entries are a recall, so it is obvious that the story is leading up to something terrible. Callie is far from the many strong and brave protagonists of late. She is hardly an athlete and entirely self-conscious. She is flawed and believable, yet readers will find it hard to sympathize with her or the other characters because they make so many poor decisions. Purchase this only where there is a strong interest in realistic fiction. Reviewer: Jane Gov; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
01/01/2015
Gr 7 Up—Callie is the new girl, so when her new friends invite her on a camping and hiking trip, she can't say no, even though she has never been camping. The trip starts out fine, although a few spooky stories and her lack of outdoor experience have Callie on edge. Things begin to go south when the group gets hopelessly lost and it becomes obvious that there is someone following them. When the group meets a solo hiker who claims to know how to get to a trail and a cabin, they agree to follow him. Yet things continue downhill as their food dwindles, their trust of one another and their mysterious guide wears thin, and whatever is stalking them is closing in and threatening their lives. Most chapters end on a cliff-hanger, and entries from the stalker's "Recovery Journal" are interspersed throughout, so readers know that there is a killer but don't know the identity. Scott builds constant tension, and the novel's events unfold like a horror movie. There is some violence and a high body count, so this title is not for the faint of heart. This is a fast-paced thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seats.—Ellen Norton, White Oak Library District, Crest Hill, IL
Kirkus Reviews
2015-01-10
A camping trip turns deadly for a group of friends as a cackling stalker creeps among the trees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. City girl Callie Valasquez agrees to go camping only to impress her new, popular girlfriends, Lissa and Penelope. After moving from Chicago to upstate New York, she's hoping to foster new friendships like the ones she left behind. Inviting her new boyfriend, Jeremy, doesn't hurt either. As the group surrounds a glowing fire, Lissa relates the tale of the Skinner, a murderer who committed atrocities in the very woods they sit in and was never found. Of course, it isn't long before things begin to go awry. Jeremy and Penelope topple off a bridge into a river, losing their supplies and barely making it out alive. Then a charming stranger appears, offering to help. But can he be trusted? As the group falls apart, and trust begins to crumble, a watcher in the woods creeps in. Callie and her friends teeter on the clichéd, with Lissa acting as the over-the-top alpha and Callie as the frightened new girl finding her footing. But Scott weaves palpable tension and masterfully ramps it up toward a truly thrilling conclusion. Cinematically paced, it's tough to put it down. Readers will be kept up late, shocked to discover the depth of the darkness that lies in the woods. (Suspense. 12-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545691123
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/31/2015
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
397,851
File size:
45 MB
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Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

Meet the Author


Kieran Scott is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including WHAT WAITS IN THE WOODS, the Cheerleader Trilogy, and the He's So / She's So Trilogy. She also wrote under the pen name Kate Brian the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling series PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE. She lives with her husband and their son in New Jersey. Visit her online at www.kieranscott.net.

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What Waits in the Woods 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Good for a mindless read. It reads like every teenage slasher/horror film you've ever seen. The ending is stupid, though, and makes no sense, so it lost a lot of points for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I finished it in 3 days... THREE DAYS! It is really captivating and really keeps you reading. I love how the author doesn't make the antagonist obvious. When I found out I was like.. .WUT!? O.O But really... this book is golden. I would give it a Nobel Prize. This book is suspenseful and thrilling without a single swear or adult themes. It does involve really descriptive gore, though; which i really love! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
During my reading class we had to fo a reading project. Of course, i didnt finidh mine in timr and sat and listened to the otherd. Just listening to their detailed description, i became interested in reading it. Then like a week after the project, i asked him if i could borrow the book. He said no, so got it on my NOOK. Then like an hour later, i finished the book! Wallah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I couldn't put it down for a second! The author keeps you intriqued and on the edge of your seat during the whole book! Full of suspence, creepieness, and all at the same time, AWESOME EVRY SECOND OF THE JOURNEY! This book is a MUST READ!