THE UNQUIET by Jeannine Garsee


Age Range: 14 - 18
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Even small towns have urban legends.

Since 16-year-old Rinn’s last manic episode resulted in the death of her grandmother, she and her mother have uprooted from California to relocate temporarily in her mother’s rural Ohio hometown. With her bipolar disorder under control for the moment, Rinn’s new life seems promising—until she discovers that a tunnel built to bypass the gym at her high school is rumored to be haunted by Annaliese, a teen who drowned in the school’s swimming pool 20 years ago. After a séance conducted by fellow classmates unleashes the ghost’s full powers, strange “accidents” begin occurring around the school. The story builds in intensity as both Rinn and Annaliese show their determination to overtake each other's will. Their power struggles highlight Rinn’s constant battle to overcome her disorder and appear normal again. But how can a bipolar teen, already known for hearing strange voices, seeing hallucinations and experiencing psychotic episodes, convince those around her of the ghost’s homicidal plans? To stop Annaliese, Rinn may just have to find out what started her haunting in the first place. A steamy romance with the best catch at school adds just the right balance to the novel’s chilling effects.

A shocking, spine-tingling ending proves that ghost stories never go out of style. (Supernatural thriller. 14 & up)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59990-723-9
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2012


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