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McNeil, Gretchen.
New York : Balzer + Bray, 2012

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Don't spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party.
White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do not want to miss it.
Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be at the exclusive house party, which involves their school's most eligible bachelor, T. J. Fletcher. They look forward to three days of boys, bonding, and luxury. But what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after a sinister message is discovered: Vengeance is mine. Soon after, people start dying and the teens are cut off from the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for three days. The deaths become more violent and the teens begin to turn on each other. Can Meg unmask the murderer in their midst before it is too late? 
(Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, 2015)

Booktalk #2

What happens when the dream party of the year turns into your worst nightmare? Meg and her best friend Minnie are invited to an exclusive house party with 8 other teens on Henry Island (in Washington’s San Juan Islands) that will end up nothing like what they imagined. The teens are excited to spend three days partying without adults and Meg hopes to get closer to her school’s most attractive guy, T.J.

Yet the fun quickly turns to terror after they watch a DVD left there that warns them: “When you hurt someone...break someone’s heart…lie, cheat or steal…your actions are a crime…Steps must be taken to protect the innocent. Those steps begin right here, right now… Vengeance is mine.”
While the teens start to panic, they realize that their cell phones do not receive a signal on this remote island and with a storm raging outside, the electricity goes out. Then the murders begin as the teens are brutally murdered one by one. Knowing that they are trapped until the ferry returns in two days, everyone becomes paranoid and frightened.

Meg, the only writer in the group, tries to put together the clues to figure out who the murderer is. Can Meg solve these horrific murders before she becomes the next target? Who can Meg really trust when the power’s out and there’s no help coming? Could the murderer be someone she’s close to? The clock is ticking and the killer is starting to run out of victims. (Sherri Ashlock, Teacher-Librarian, Washington Evergreen Book Award, 2015)

SUBJECTS:     Murder -- Fiction.
                        Revenge -- Fiction.
                        Horror stories.
                        Horror fiction.

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