This Side of Paradise by Steven L. Layne

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Something wicked this way comes; in this case it’s high schooler Jack Barrett’s father, whose inherent drive for perfection has spiraled into a raging obsession ever since he began working for the mysterious Eden Corporation. When his father forcibly relocates the family to Paradise, a village that is literally owned by Eden’s enigmatic CEO, Jack uncovers a sinister plot that threatens the lives of everyone he loves. Delving even further into the secrets of the village, he soon learns just how high the price for perfection can be . . . and to what lengths some people are willing to go to obtain it.


About Steven L. Layne

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Dr. Steven L. Layne is a junior-high language arts teacher in Oak Brook, Illinois, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Northern Illinois University. He is a member of the International Reading Association, the College Reading Association, and the Northern Illinois Reading Council. His published work has appeared in numerous publications and books, including A Closer Look: Writings by Teachers.
Published August 17, 2010 by North Star Books. 224 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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In fact, the entire plot is utterly preposterous—the secret of the village certainly won’t surprise anyone who has read any of the myriad variations on its dystopic theme—but the breathless pace and tidy resolution of dangling ends partially compensate for its implausibility.

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