Alien Game by Catherine Dexter

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Christina, a popular new girl at Oak Hill Academy, enrolls just in time to play Elimination, in which the students and teachers pretend to ""kill"" each other, but Zoe, a fellow student, soon learns that Christina is playing for real.

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Dexter as a child spent many happy summers at her grandmother's big, old house in South Dakota, a gathering place for aunts and uncles and cousins from all over. Eric Velasquez, the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents, was born in Spanish Harlem and grew up in Harlem in New York City. As a child, his love for doodling and drawing was strongly encouraged by his mother. From his grandmother he inherited a love of music and from his father he developed a love of movies. Growing up in this setting, Eric says, "Becoming an artist was a natural choice for me. I have never thought of being anything else."
Published May 23, 1997 by HarperCollins. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Soon it becomes evident to Zoe that some things about the new girl are very strange, e.g., the way parts of her body turn into areas of shimmering light, her powerful influence on the younger students (who become veritable zombies after Christina tags them), and her effect on Zoe's own classmates...

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Dexter's (Mazemaker; The Gilded Cat) well-crafted science-fiction thriller centers on an eighth grader who, unbeknownst to her teachers and fellow students, is actually an alien planning to gain contr

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Sensible Zoe, the narrator, twigs to Christina's secret early on when she sees Christina turn into ``a huge swarm of sparks, like a spiral of gnats.'' No one-especially not Zoe's parents-will believe her, not even when a strange sickness befalls the school, students start acting completely out of...

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