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Jun 03 2009

Love is hell by Scott Westerfeld et al

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Harper Teen, 2009. ISBN 9780061443046
(Ages 13+) Five supernatural stories about love by some of the best supernatural writers for today's teens is sure to find a ready audience. Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbaleister, along with Gabrielle Zevin, Melissa Marr and Laurie Faria Stolarz, contributed stories to this volume. Students loving this genre will find real pleasure n the stories presented here.
Sleeping with the Spirit, the first in the volume, a story by Laurie Faria Stolarz, will have readers relishing the tale of a girl moving into a home where a grisly murder took place years ago. She cannot sleep with the host of the murdered boy tormenting her into wakefulness. Only when she stays awake to listen to him, does she realise what she can do to help.
Love is the theme in all five stories, but the supernatural twist will be most appealing to lower secondary students looking for something a little different.
Fran Knight

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