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Kara’s afraid to go to sleep—until the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . . Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?This first book in a frightening new trilogy will have teens glued the page and scared to go to sleep.
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Thomas Randall is the author of the popular children's fantasy series Adventures in Strangewood. He lives in Tarrytown, New York, and frequently vacations in places that only exist inside his own head.
Randall is a pseudonym for Christopher Golden, whose mysteries (including the Body of Evidence series) have a large teen following. Here, he fuses his trademark of suspenseful, creepy deaths with Japanese culture as 16-year-old Kara Foster and her professor father move to Kyoto to start over after the death of Kara’s mother. Both father and daughter are fluent in Japanese and obsessed with Japanese culture. Kara’s new school (where Mr. Foster teaches) is still reeling from the recent unsolved murder of a student, and even as Kara settles in and makes new friends, she suffers from debilitating nightmares that preview tragedies to come. The manga craze has hooked many a teen on Japanese culture, and Randall weaves much Japanese language, mythology, mores, and etiquette into this fast-paced opener to the Waking series. A somewhat clumsy epilogue baldly states what happened, but the thrill of nightmares, demons, and murders throughout counteract this weak ending. Grades 7-11. --Debbie Carton
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