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Sara and her father are moving to Boston from small-townLundun, Massachusetts. She is going to attend Anton HighSchool -- crowned “North America’s Most Elite and Most BizarrePublic School” by TIME magazine and tougher to get into thanHarvard. The entrance exam is brutal: only 175 student are admittedout of the 11,000 gifted kids who apply. (The other 10,825Lesser Gifteds will live with their failure the rest of their lives.)
Because of the strict admission exam, no one ever transfersto Anton High. Except Sara. What makes her so special? Herfather has been hired as a school custodian. Which she doesn’twant anyone to know. And which gets harder and harder tohide when her father’s obsessive compulsive disorder starts attractingattention from all the students. Will all of Sara’s secretsbe uncovered?
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TISH COHEN is the author of bestselling novels for adults and young readers, many of them in development for film. Her first novel, Town House, was a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Her more recent novel, The Truth About Delilah Blue, was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Cohen recently sold an original TV series to ABC/Corus Entertainment, and her short film, Russet Season, premiered at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival in 2017. She lives in Toronto and Creemore, Ontario, where she rides dressage, accompanied by a most inappropriate farm dog, her Standard Poodle, Gracie.
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Grade 7–10—Sara Black enters Boston's elite Anton High as a junior, something practically unheard of and made possible because her OCD-suffering dad is the new janitor. Sara stands out immediately as a top student, eliciting the envy and attention of the school's upper echelon, in particular queen bee Carling Burnack. When Carling assumes that Sara has moved into town from London, England, instead of nearby lower-class Lundon, Sara doesn't correct her. It's just the beginning of the lies she tells as she struggles in her new role as Carling's number one frenemy. As one might expect, Sara's lies catch up with her, and they cause trouble for her father. As her world comes tumbling down, the teen sees the situation for what it is and works on repairing her relationship with her father. While highly readable and well written, the book suffers from a too-predictable plot that has little to say beyond black-and-white moralizing. However, those looking for a compassionate portrayal of a parent in the throes of OCD will find something here. Readers expecting a "Gossip Girl"-esque tale of cattiness will find Carling no competitor for Blair and might be better guided to Sara Shepard's "Pretty Little Liars" series (HarperTeen).—Jennifer Barnes, Homewood Library, IL
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