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Surviving Curtis Hall: The Lure of Blood

Matthies, L. A.

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ISBN 10: 1475952678 / ISBN 13: 9781475952674
Published by iUniverse, 2012
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Title: Surviving Curtis Hall: The Lure of Blood

Publisher: iUniverse

Publication Date: 2012

Book Condition:Very Good

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YA/Fantasy wins NABE 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!
Attempting to avoid the violence and drugs at Hibernia High, sixteen-year-old Tristen McCoy and his friends have transferred on a sports scholarship to the elite Curtis Hall boarding school. Hometown lacrosse heroes, the boys are tested as they attempt to assimilate into a student body where excelling is the norm. Tristen hones his leadership skills and sense of humor while finding his way in this new environment. He and his friends must rise to the challenge of competing with peers whose skills equal and perhaps surpass their own. Tristen's attention is soon captured by the beautiful and alluring Marcella Venier. Despite their different origins and upbringings, the two are drawn to each other. Marcella, compelled to live a clandestine life with dark secrets and a covert research mission, struggles with her desire to further her own designs and still remain in Tristen's world.
˃˃˃ Events spiral out of control, and a student is lost in the subterranean tunnels beneath the school's campus!
Tristen and his friends stand accused of foul play, and in an effort to make things right, he enlists Marcella's help in organizing a search party. During the perilous rescue attempt, danger threatens to not only sever the bonds of friendship of the group, but take their lives as well. They hope they can survive until graduation.
˃˃˃ "You don't want to miss this amazing young adult thriller!"- Jessica Page,Times-News correspondent
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"This book emphasizes the very real challenges that face teens today such as striving for academic excellenceand excelling in sports, arts and music, all while juggling new love and maintaining lifelong friendships,"Matthies said. "This is heightened when the main characters transfer to a new school environment that is filledwith a fascinating array of subterranean tunnels, glyphic codes and a labyrinth."When Tristen McCoy and his friends transfer to Curtis Hall boarding school on a sports scholarship, they findthemselves surrounded by peers who are just as - if not more - talented. As they adjust to their newenvironment, they discover strange things about the school including a maze of tunnels beneath the campus anda mandatory blood drive. Tristen is soon drawn to Marcella Venier, a vampire who struggles to further hercovert research mission while remaining in Tristen's world."As my story unfolds, the many characters find themselves facing difficult decisions and choices," Matthiessaid. "They are forced to evaluate their motivations, friendships and priorities. In doing so they come to realizejust how crucial those friendships can be in helping to make life changing decisions."Through her characters, which include a talented art student, an athletic jock and a guitar-playing musician,Matthies emphasizes the high expectations society places on high school students. Her goal is to createawareness around these issues and encourage parents to connect with their children.

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