The School for Dangerous Girls

The School for Dangerous Girls

by Eliot Schrefer


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545035286
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

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

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School For Dangerous Girls 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
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.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
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".
Scholar-Berry More than 1 year ago "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.
CharlitaMonsquita More than 1 year ago
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!
Azjura More than 1 year ago
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.
Zohrehtheexplorer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Angela¿s parents cannot tolerate her difficult behaviour and as a last option send her to the Hidden Oak School in Colorado where abusive faculty plays the role of prisoners. The girls are cut off from the rest of the world. There the girls are divided in two groups: those who can be rehabilitated and those who cannot. Those who cannot reform their behaviour are imprisoned underground and are punished brutally. Angela decides to find a way to close the school. Some of her friends disappear. After a romance with son of one of the teachers, Angela discovers the mysterious death of some of the kids when Hidden Oak was a boys¿ boarding school. The adventures are fun. The struggle and eventual victory of the girls over their vicious teachers makes for an interesting conflict that many teenagers like it. This novel is suitable for young adults grades 8 to 11.
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As you might expect from the premise of the book, this is a dark story. The restrictions placed on the girls are harsh, and the methods for rehabilitation are questionable at best. Though I found the plot intriguing, I feel rather indifferent toward the book. Hidden Oak has a rule that the girls can¿t talk about the reasons they were sent to the school, so it isn¿t until a group of girls find a way around the constant supervision that we even begin to get an idea of who these girls are. This made it difficult to get really invested in any of them. This serves as a valid writing device to some extent, as the book is told from Angela¿s point of view and she herself is closed off to forming relationships with the other girls because she doesn¿t know who she can really trust, but it did keep me from becoming fully engaged with the characters. One excellent aspect of the story was keeping the reader questioning whether or not the school can be trusted. Angela has moments of believing the school to be hell on earth and also moments when she wonders if she¿s the one with the problem because she¿s not open to the lessons they¿re attempting to teach her.I found Angela¿s progression through the different stages of the school suitable and the suspense adequately paced. Looking strictly at the plot, I was drawn into the action and right there with the author until about thirty pages from the end, when something not totally unexpected but baffling occurs, and it messed up the flow of the story. This one event blew holes in other parts of the story, and the character most affected by this revelation seems to accept it without question. This drove me crazy.Although I did get swept up in the story as I was reading it, the ending left me feeling unsatisfied. Maybe it¿s the ambiguity toward the characters, or maybe it¿s the problems I had with the story itself, but I wasn¿t dazzled with this read.
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Merideth says: It's Lord of the Flies meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest for teenage girls. Except not nearly as good. Schrfer telegraphs his punches and has a tin ear for characterization. Every character in this book ends up exactly as you would expect them to, and none of the "shocking" revelations are all that shocking. Schrfer seems to want to make the point that those traits that make a girl "dangerous" -- being loud, questioning authority, being a risk taker -- do not have to be negative. Except the girls in this book don't seem to learn that. Angela, the primary character, comes to the titular school with a problem of making poor choices, particularly in regards to boys and sexuality. Then she does the exact same thing, except now it's positive? Because it ends the abuse at the school? What message should we carry away from this? I'm not sure I know. Unfortunately, I can see this book being very popular.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Angela Cardenas gets sent to Hidden Oaks, a school for dangerous girls who have been expelled from all other schools, because her parents think that she killed her grandfather. The reader learns what really happened to her grandfather gradually, through flashbacks. Angela meets many other girls; some quite disturbed and dangerous, and some, like her, who don't really deserve to be there. One thing is clear however; it's not a nice place to be, regardless of why you're there, and Angela is determined to escape. That turns out to be more difficult than she thought it would be, given that she voluntarily walked 4.3 miles on her own to get INTO the place.This is definitely for older readers due to the violent content, and the psychological twists of not knowing who is good and who is not. I'm not sure why I didn't like it as much as I'd expected, but there was just something missing for me that stopped it from being great. I had trouble with the idea of Angela just voluntarily walking four miles to turn herself into a school when she really didn't want to be there. I also had trouble with how easily the boyfriend who put her there, Trevor, abandoned her.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Hidden Oaks. Its a reform school for girls deemed so dangerous that its here or prison. Angela finds herself sent there after causing problems at home, including something that leads up to the death of her grandfather. It is soon apparent that this is no regular reform school. The girls are immediately sent into a confined area and presented with odd rules. You can't tell anyone why you came here, you can't ask anyone why they are there. Although the campus is sprawling, they aren't allowed in anywhere except a confined area. And oh yeah, their dorm room seal locked behind them. Then as time passes some of the girls start disappearing. They are forced to play cruel games that beg some to pick on others... Angela begins a search for a cousin who came to the school before her and finds everyone is freakishly reluctant to speak about her.This book was an enjoyable and quick read. Some of the mysteries are slow to unravel and that made it very hard for me to put the book down. I foudn this to be one of those books where you stay up saying "just one more chapter" over and over again. I did have a few complaints. I felt that a lot of the detail about what happened in the "blue thread" area could have been expanded on. I think there needed to be a better explaination of how this place came to be the way it was. Also, how did the past boy's school connect with the girl's school? I felt like the book spent a fair amount of time telling the history of the boys school and I kept expecting some more of a connection between that and what was going on in the school currently.Overall, the book is a great read and I think it will entertain and to some extent frighten anyone who grabs it up.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of this book and saw it making the rounds through the book blogs, I seriously thought it was yet another Twilight ripoff, with your cast of supernatural girls at school or something. Wow, was I wrong. The School for Dangerous Girls is unlike anything you've ever read and probably ever will read. It's set in an entirely new and unique place, despite the fact that it is at first glance, a teen boarding school, but it's so so much more. Even more astounding than all this is that it is a male who wrote this, came up with this amazing, downright spooky and somehow surrealistic world of teen girls. The plot held no predictability and was simply fantastic. You could never imagine where it would go next. It's emotionally charged, powerful, and extremely raw, and the only thing you really knew (...mostly) is that the main character lives, since she's the narrator (but even so, who knows, she could have been a ghost or zombie or something, I suppose). It's all about the primal instinct of survival. While the title is slightly pathetic and could definitely have been better, this is one book I would very strongly recommend you read if you're looking for a thriller that will haunt your thoughts for days after reading.Rating: 5/5
miki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I essentially enjoyed this book while I was reading it, but felt pretty "bleh" about it afterwards, so I don't know that it's a book I'd recommend to a friend.This is a book that had a tremendous amount of potential -- some great characters, and some truly awesome suspense building moments. Where the book falls through is in not delivering on that suspense. The author rushes through what should be the big "ah hah!" moments, or the big action climaxes, or worse yet, has them happen "off-screen" altogether. It's almost like getting to watch the first 2/3 of a great, suspense-filled movie, and then the movie projector breaks and you just hear the ending from the bits and pieces your friend remembers. The same stuff still happens, but the intensity just isn't there, and it kills the experience.
audramelissa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most of her life Angela has been labeled ¿hyper,¿ a ¿troublemaker¿ and other not very nice things. Her parents don¿t like her boyfriend and after her behavior seems to have led to a terrible accident, she is now labeled a ¿criminal¿ and ¿dangerous.¿ She is shipped off to a last chance school, Hidden Oak where she and the other dangerous girls began to realize the reasons their new school is so isolated¿and these secrets just may cost them their lives.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd read a good review of this book and was curious, as I'd seen the title on the shelf in passing. While having an interesting story and plot, the events of the book seem almost too convenient. Girl gets sent to a 'school for dangerous girls' and discovers all is not what it seems. Girl meets the only boy her age (the son of one of the teachers at the school), they fall in love and boy helps girl escape and bring down the school. It's an interesting plot, but ended up being far too predictable. That's not to say I didn't enjoy most of the book, I just wish that everything hadn't been tied up so neatly.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
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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I really enjoyed this one and a couple of other books by this author
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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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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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