The Girl in the Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

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Ariel's birthday weekend looks to be the event of the season, with a private concert by rock star Hudson Winters on the grounds of her family's east coast estate, and all of Ariel's elite prep school friends in attendance. The only person who's dreading the party is Sera, Ariel's former best friend, whose father is forcing her to go. Sera has been the school pariah since she betrayed Ariel, and she now avoids Ariel and their former friends. Thrown together, Ariel and Sera can agree on one thing: this could be one very long night.

They have no idea just how right they are.

Only moments after the concert begins and the lights go down, thugs open fire on parents and schoolmates alike, in a plot against Ariel's father that quickly spins out of control. As the entire party is taken hostage, the girls are forced apart. Ariel escapes into the hidden tunnels in the family mansion, where she and Sera played as children. Only Sera, who forges an unlikely alliance with Hudson Winters, knows where her friend could be. As the industrial terrorist plot unravels and the death toll climbs, Ariel and Sera must recall the sisterhood that once sustained them as they try to save themselves and each other on the longest night of their lives.

 

About Daphne Benedis-Grab

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Daphne Benedis-Grab earned an MFA from The New School in creative writing and her thesis became her first book for teens, Alive and Well in Prague, New York. She has built houses for Habitat for Humanity and taught adult literacy classes, and now lives in New York City with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled cat.
 
Published November 18, 2012 by Merit Press. 258 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Daphne Benedis-Grab’s The Girl in the Wall is a unique exploration of friendship in an unlikely situation.

Nov 06 2012 | Read Full Review of The Girl in the Wall

Gr 7–10—Sera really doesn't want to go to Ariel's birthday party. She and her rich friend have become estranged, and Ariel has turned all their classmates against her. Nevertheless, she grudgingly attends because of parental pressure. It can't be all bad: a hot pop star is scheduled to perform. A...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of The Girl in the Wall

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