The School for Dangerous Girls
Author: Eliot Schrefer
Grade Level Equivalent:
Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Family Life, Mental Health, Abuse, Adolescent Issues
Who knows what goes on behind the doors of The School for Dangerous Girls? The school's mission is clear: to take girls who've caused trouble and to reform them into model citizens.
Its methods? No freedom. No medication. No leniency.
Some girls are meant to get better. And as Angela is about to learn, some girls are meant to fail.
Because enrolling in The School for Dangerous Girls might be the most dangerous thing of all.
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.
"With few exceptions, readers never quite know who is good and who is bad. Gripping..." — Kirkus Reviews