Scorch by Gina Damico

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Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to Damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home. To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?


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Gina Damico is the author of Croak, Scorch, and Rogue. She received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, where she was active with the Committee for Creative Enactments, the country's only collegiate murder mystery improv comedy troupe. She has since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, and movie extra. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, two cats, and a closet full of black hoodies. Visit her website at
Published September 25, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 351 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Fiction

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Teenage grim reaper Lex and the rest of the underworldly inclined residents of a magical upstate–New York town return for this entertaining follow-up to Croak (2012).

Sep 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Scorch (Croak)

Gr 9 Up—Lex is shattered after her twin sister is murdered by Zara, a fellow Junior Grim who stole Lex's power to Damn. But while her friends welcome Lex back, the other residents of Croak are suspicious of the Juniors-especially Lex, Zara is also escalating her terror, Damning innocents until Le...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Scorch (Croak)

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