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Daringly imagined, atmospheric, and original, Wild Girls is an exhilarating debut—part coming-of-age story and part supernatural tale about girls learning their own strength.

Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small Appalachian town of Swan River: that shell be a frustrated townie forever or that shell turn into one of the mysterious and terrifying wild girls, killers who start fires and menace the community. Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between her hometown—and its dark history—and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy. Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of town, and Willow, a wealthy and popular queen bee from school, are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.

Mary Stewart Atwell has written a novel that is at once funny and wise and stunningly inventive. Her wild girls are strange and fascinating creatures—a brilliant twist on the anger teenage girls can feel at their powerlessness—and a promise of the great things to come from this young writer.

Review:

"Atwell's debut novel unfolds in Swan River, Tenn., where Kate Riordan spends her teenage years fearing that she'll succumb to the supernatural madness that seems to afflict many town girls at random, giving them uncanny abilities and the desire to kill. Though some Swan River neighborhoods are desolate, the village is also home to the posh boarding school where Kate's mother works as a secretary. Thanks to a tuition discount, Kate and her older sister, Maggie, attend the academy, where they encounter girls from different social stratum. Among them are the beautiful, charismatic Willow Becker — a local girl with nouveau riche, social-climbing parents — and Kate's best friend Caroline, who has an intense interest in mythology and the history of the region's Wild Girls in particular. Atwell navigates familiar territory, describing the usual jealousies, ssues of social class, love triangles, and cults-of-personality that crop up in books featuring prep-school settings. But amid such familiar tropes, the paranormal touches are welcome, and Atwell works them into the narrative very well. Agent: Denise Shannon. (Oct. 16)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Daringly imagined, atmospheric, and original, Wild Girls is an exhilarating debut—part coming-of-age story and part supernatural tale about girls learning their own strength.

Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small Appalachian town of Swan River: that she’ll be a frustrated townie forever or that she’ll turn into one of the mysterious and terrifying wild girls, killers who start fires and menace the community. Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between her hometown—and its dark history—and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy. Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of town, and Willow, a wealthy and popular queen bee from school, are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.

Mary Stewart Atwell has written a novel that is at once funny and wise and stunningly inventive. Her wild girls are strange and fascinating creatures—a brilliant twist on the anger teenage girls can feel at their powerlessness—and a promise of the great things to come from this young writer.

About the Author

Mary Stewart Atwell (who goes by Polly) was born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1978 and attended Interlochen Arts Academy, a boarding school in Michigan. She received her MFA in fiction from Washington University in St. Louis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451683271
Author:
Atwell, Mary S.
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Atwell, Mary S
Author:
Mary Stewart Atwell
Author:
Stewart Atwell, Mary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Atwell's debut novel unfolds in Swan River, Tenn., where Kate Riordan spends her teenage years fearing that she'll succumb to the supernatural madness that seems to afflict many town girls at random, giving them uncanny abilities and the desire to kill. Though some Swan River neighborhoods are desolate, the village is also home to the posh boarding school where Kate's mother works as a secretary. Thanks to a tuition discount, Kate and her older sister, Maggie, attend the academy, where they encounter girls from different social stratum. Among them are the beautiful, charismatic Willow Becker — a local girl with nouveau riche, social-climbing parents — and Kate's best friend Caroline, who has an intense interest in mythology and the history of the region's Wild Girls in particular. Atwell navigates familiar territory, describing the usual jealousies, ssues of social class, love triangles, and cults-of-personality that crop up in books featuring prep-school settings. But amid such familiar tropes, the paranormal touches are welcome, and Atwell works them into the narrative very well. Agent: Denise Shannon. (Oct. 16)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Daringly imagined, atmospheric, and original, Wild Girls is an exhilarating debut—part coming-of-age story and part supernatural tale about girls learning their own strength.

Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small Appalachian town of Swan River: that she’ll be a frustrated townie forever or that she’ll turn into one of the mysterious and terrifying wild girls, killers who start fires and menace the community. Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between her hometown—and its dark history—and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy. Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of town, and Willow, a wealthy and popular queen bee from school, are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.

Mary Stewart Atwell has written a novel that is at once funny and wise and stunningly inventive. Her wild girls are strange and fascinating creatures—a brilliant twist on the anger teenage girls can feel at their powerlessness—and a promise of the great things to come from this young writer.

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