Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

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High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. Locals have long believed the place to be haunted. They tell stories about the unmarked graves in the back, of the cold spots felt throughout the underground tunnels, and of the treasures found inside: patients' personal items like journals, hair combs, and bars of soap, or even their old medical records, left behind by the state for trespassers to view. On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their adventures. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a playful dare quickly escalates into a frenzy of nightmarish action. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

About Laurie Faria Stolarz

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Author Bio: Laurie Faria Stolarz ( is the author of all the books in the Touch series, Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, and Deadly Little Voices, as well as the highly popular Blue Is for Nightmares, White Is for Magic, Silver Is for Secrets, Red Is for Remembrance, and Black Is for Beginnings. Her other Hyperion titles include Bleed and Project 17. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her web site at
Published July 16, 2010 by Disney Hyperion. 260 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With three boys and three girls, the romance appears conventionally and almost provides more interest than the unexplained occurrences.

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Derik assembles a cast of students from different cliques, then, with help from a classmate similarly obsessed with the Danvers State Hospital, sneaks everyone inside the condemned building and plans to film there overnight.

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They run the gamut of teen problems: the too-perfect child that really doesn’t know herself, the kid who has the abusive alcoholic for a parent, the kid who has everything in high school but is going to be totally lost in the real world, the Goth girl who does everything she can to freak everyone...

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It is of particular interest to anyone interested in Danvers State Hospital or the history of mental institutions in the United States.

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