New in town, Anna Cotman wants nothing more than to find a friend. But when bossy Lindy Miller persuades her to join her older brother's secret society, Anna becomes uneasy. She knows that beneath the secret codes, strange rituals, and frightening masks, the society is just a game. But when Anna breaks the rules and is threatened with punishment, she finds the game has gotten seriously out of hand.
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Vivien Alcock (1924 - 2003) is the well-known author of many compelling mysteries and supernatural fantasies for children. Childhood is, she once wrote, "an exciting and dangerous time, and it fascinates me." Her books reflect that excitement, danger, and fascination.Review:
Whether read as a parable of the rise of fascism or merely as a fast-paced suspense story, this novel will leave readers with a great deal to think about. Memorable characters, crisp writing and a chilling plot combine to produce a true page-turner. Publishers Weekly
Alcock, who delights in introducing the unusual into the ordinary lives of her characters, can be relied on to create a story that is both exciting and thoughtful. Building up atmosphere through action rather than description, she rounds out her characters in swift, telling phrases touched with wry humor. Readers will, of course, be attracted by the strangeness of the masks and rituals, but what they will remember above all is unlikable Lindy standing up for Anna when she needs her most.
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