Shift by Em Bailey

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Olive Corbett is not crazy. Not anymore.
She obediently takes her meds and stays under the radar at school. After “the incident,” Olive just wants to avoid any more trouble, so she knows the smartest thing is to stay clear of the new girl who is rumored to have quite the creepy past.
But there’s no avoiding Miranda Vaile. As mousy Miranda edges her way into the popular group, right up to the side of queen bee Katie – and pushes the others right out – only Olive seems to notice that something strange is going on. Something almost . . . parasitic. Either Olive is losing her grip on reality, or Miranda Vaile is stealing Katie’s life.
But who would ever believe crazy Olive, the girl who has a habit of letting her imagination run away with her? And what if Olive is the next target?
A chilling psychological thriller that tears through themes of identity, loss, and toxic friendship, Shift will leave readers guessing until the final pages.

About Em Bailey

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Em Bailey is Australian but currently lives in Germany. When she's not writing, she is generally getting lost, losing stuff, reading, hanging out with her friends and family, and listening to Radiolab podcasts. Like Olive, she doesn't like leggings that look like jeans but has no problem with tofu schnitzels. Em has written several books for children, but Shift is her first young-adult novel. You can visit her online at
Published May 22, 2012 by EgmontUSA. 320 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Lackluster Miranda is inexplicably taken up by Olive’s former best friend and A-list queen bee, Katie, whom Miranda dominates, then eclipses.

Apr 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Shift

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Olive watches as Miranda gets close to her old best friend Katie and begins to imitate her, eventually seeming to take over her life.

Jul 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Shift

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When new girl Miranda arrives at school, Olive and her friend Ami try to ignore the crazy rumours circulating about her past, particularly the one about Miranda killing her parents.

Sep 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Shift

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