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Monday, January 18, 2010

Win The Crazy School by Cornelia Read


The Crazy School
by Cornelia Read

From the acclaimed author of A FIELD OF DARKNESS comes another compelling novel featuring the acerbic and memorable voice of ex-debutante Madeline Dare. Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt
Syracuse, New York, for the lush Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. After her husband's job offer falls through, Maddie signs on as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for disturbed teenagers. Behind the academy's ornate gates, she discovers a disturbing realm where students and teachers alike must submit to the founder's bizarre therapeutic regimen. From day one, Maddie feels uneasy about smooth-talking Dr. Santangelo but when she questions his methods, she's appalled to find that her fellow teachers would rather turn on each other than stand up for themselves, much less protect the students in their care. A chilling event confirms Maddie's worst suspicions, then hints at an even darker secret history, one that twines through the academy's very heart. Cut off from the outside world, Maddie must join forces with a small band of the school's most violently rebellious students-kids whose troubled grip on reality may well prove to be her only chance of salvation. (Hachette website)

Link to the Reading Group Guide

Giveaway

I have five copies of this paperback book to give away courtesy of Hachette Books. For your first entry (MUST DO THIS ONE FOR ANY OTHER ENTRIES TO COUNT) tell me about something you remember from high school and leave your email address.

For additional entries you can sign up to follow (old followers let me know), Twitter or post it on your blog. Each entry must have it's own comment. (Four entries total.)

This giveaway if for U.S./Canada only - no PO boxes and will end Feb 8th! Good luck!





86 comments:

Kaye said...

The memory that instantly came to mind for me is going to my locker and hearing over the loud speaker that president Kennedy had been shot.

Please enter me in the drawing, this sounds like a really good read.

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Book Lady said...

I remember our band trips and summer band practice very vividly. I guess that means I was a band geek lol.


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Book Lady said...

I'm an old follower :)

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Book Lady said...

tweeted about the contest
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Zia said...

I remember sitting in the commons and being dorks with my friends =) Those were my fondest memories of high school.

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wheresmyrain said...

i rememeber waiting for the bus....and enjoying the bus ride as a chance to read
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wheresmyrain said...

i am an old follow with gooogle

Dar said...

Hi Kristi, I've got this posted at Win a Book for you. No need to enter me.

fredamans said...

I remember loads from highschool. My fondest memories would be Hallowe'en '94, when I went to my senior hallowe'en dance in my football uniform. Only chick there in uniform, and zombified! My friends loved it, and it cost next to nothing. :-)

Yes I am a girl, and played football.

fredamans said...

Old follower.

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fredamans said...

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bermudaonion said...

My school had a good football team so what I remember is pep rallies and football games.

bermudaonion said...

Not sure if it counts, but I subscribe in Google Reader. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

LuAnn said...

I absolutely hated high school, except for art classes. We had fun in that room situated in the upstairs corner of the building. We were all kind of "different" from the mainstream students who formed cliques and looked down on others who didn't fit in with them. We often found subtle ways to confound them. For example, outside the art room, there was an air vent that went up to the roof. We would stand there and look up just to see how many people would look when they walked by to see what we found so interesting. Seems strange now, but it gave us a lot of laughs at the time.

LuAnn said...

I'm a follower!

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Beth (BBRB) said...

OMG! The bad hair! I cringe when I see pics of me with that hair!

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a follower.

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Sandra said...

My most memorable moment in high school came in 12th Grade Biology course when I vomited on the teacher's desk. Not a moment I like to recall.
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holdenj said...

I remember that in my junior year, the yearbook was late! It was arrived way after school was out, in the summer.
Looks like an interesting tale!
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holdenj said...

I follow via google reader. Thanks
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Lacey said...

They started randomly drug testing band members. lol

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Lacey said...

I am a follower on google connect and facebook networked blogs

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Lacey said...

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baileythebookworm said...

One of my clearest memories of high school was getting a locker that was too high for me to reach and having to ask the person next to me to put my books in it and get them back out every day -for a shy freshman, that was pretty harrowing.
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del said...

I remember reading dickens' Great expectations and everybody hating it, but I loved it.

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thanks

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Sue said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Haleyknitz said...

well i've got lots of memories from high school... one time in biology class some guy poked me in the arm with the crayfish that we--or rather, he (and i pretended to watch)-- were dissecting. I still haven't forgiven him for that... im scared for life ;)

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Haleyknitz said...

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Haleyknitz said...

I'm an old follower!

Haleyknitz said...

I posted on my sidebar haleymathiot.blogspot.com

a real librarian said...

I remember being in sports more than actual school! And also sitting by our lockers finishing homework before the first bell rang - hahaha! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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Michelle said...

I remember a lot of things about high school, but this memory was triggered reading Kaye's memory up there...

I remember September 11, 2001, which was during my school's homecoming week my junior year. Since I attended a Catholic school, we had Mass every so often, right at the beginning of the school day. Heading into Mass, I remember people talking about a plane hitting the WTC, but they didn't make it sound like it was that big of a deal.

After Mass, however, we all found out what had happened. I remember watching as the second tower fell with the rest of my history class. Every class period for the rest of the day, teachers cancelled regular activities to watch the news. People were stunned. I don't think I had ever heard my school of 1,200 as quiet as it was that day.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Michelle said...

PS - I follow, too!

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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

I remember quite a bit about high school. I spent a lot of time on music, with the band. Twas a good time.

Tina said...

I remember fondly the old library, and the nun who was in charge. Please enter me.

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Martha Lawson said...

Working on the school newspaper during study halls..

I am an old follower.

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scottsgal said...

I remember our football team going downstate and playing for the state championship.
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scottsgal said...

already a follower
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Simply Stacie said...

I remember the nasty cafeteria food.

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Simply Stacie said...

I follow.

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rubynreba said...

I remember a boy sitting next to me and trying to copy test papers
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rubynreba said...

I follow
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hippmom said...

Mostly I remember rushing thru the halls to get to my next class and getting in a few sentences with my friends in passing. Everything centered around your friends during high school.

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hippmom said...

I am a blog follower.

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Nicola said...

The most glorious day of highschool, for me, was when 2 weeks into grade 10 the teachers went on strike and I got to homeschool for the rest of my highschool years.

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Anonymous said...

What I remember from high school is being constantly aware that I was receiving an amazingly good education.

Sheila
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Denny, Alaska said...

My strongest memory from high school is playing football on cold, wet Friday nights. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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E.J. Stevens said...

I remember being called a witch because I wore long black dresses to school every day. There were just not enough goth chicks in my high school, lol!

Blog follower. :)

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Lee P said...

The thing that I remember most about high school is getting in trouble because I was always late or missed my first class. School should start at 11 not 8:30

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Lee P said...

I am an old follower of Books And Needlepoint via Google Friends. Thank you for this nice giveaway. It seems like an interesting read.

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Lee P said...

Tweet:

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throuthehaze said...

I remember I slid into a metal door frame trying to make it to Health class on time and gouging a hole in my leg. I still have a really bad scar from it.
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throuthehaze said...

follower
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amweeks said...

I remember how crowded the hallways were as you raced against the clock to get from classes in one side of the high school to the other.

amweeks said...

I follow! (amweeks)

amweeks said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/8220591415

Sean said...

i remember being a big nerd
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Belinda M said...

The thing I remember the most about high school is having to do a speech in front of my english class. I was so stressed and nervous I could hardly speak. I have up to this day avoided public speaking


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Belinda M said...

I follow your blog


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Belinda M said...

tweeted

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Carol M said...

I also remember when President Kennedy was shot. I took drivers education and was out in the car. When I got back and went to my next class, lots of the girls were crying and everyone was talking about it. Nothing got done in class that day.
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Carol M said...

I'm an old follower! lol
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Carol M said...

Tweet
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Rebecca Graham said...

I remember the bullies in my high school. Not a good memory.

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Dawn M. said...

I remember being in my freshman Science class the day the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart during launch.

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Dawn M. said...

I follow with google reader.

Thanks! :0)
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Anonymous said...

High School... Hmmm... Well I went to High school during the height of the "grunge" movement (Doc Martins, plaid shirts, baggy clothes, etc.)... Horrible style in those days and I can't help but look back and think 'What the h*ll was I thinking wearing that?!'... LOL!

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Anita Yancey said...

I remember that I hated math class, and also boys who picked on you and they thought of it as flirting. This sounds like a good read. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Anita Yancey said...

Old Follower!

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Secret Life of a WAHM said...

I remember how much hair spray I went through to get those giant bangs. EEEEK! I also remember what good friends and good times we had together.

melydia said...

I remember the musicals and plays - I was in every one I could - and the smell of backstage in the Little Theater.

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Sandy Jay said...

I remember coming back to school after lunch and hearing that President Kennedy had been shot. We then spent the rest of the day just sitting in class listening to the coverage.

Please enter me in the drawing.

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Sandy Jay said...

I'm an old follower.

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Aik said...

In high school, I cheated my teacher, but she forgave me.

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Aik said...

I'm a follower.

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Mary Ann DeBorde said...

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One of the things I remember from high school is all the field trips our Chorus participated in at Disney World, Orlando =D

ossmcalc said...

I was really active in high school by being a class officer and playing on the girls' tennis team. I never had a date until graduation night and never got asked to go to prom. Being the valedictorian was not too much fun when all of the boys were afraid to ask me out.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I am one of the "old" followers.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/8665363415

thank you,

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Lady_Graeye said...

I loved going to the football games followed by a dance, That was always a fun time.

I am a follower

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Nancye said...

I remember hanging out with my friends at lunch in our special spot on the 3rd floor windowsill, or in the courtyard.

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Nancye said...

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twifanheather said...

I remember the football games, band stuff, and school trips!

twifanheather said...

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