You Know What You Have To Do by Bonnie Shimko

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You do not kill a man in cold blood and then talk your way out of it. Other than her real name — Mary-Magdalene Feigenbaum — fifteen-year-old Maggie’s problems seem ordinary. She has tiffs with her too-critical mother, a crush on her cute psychologist, and worries that her only friend — fellow outcast Abigail — is morphing into a popular girl, leaving her behind. But Maggie has a few not-so-ordinary problems. A voice in her head is telling her to kill. And not just anyone. Each time the target is a person who has done something terrible to someone Maggie cares for. You know what you have to do, the voice commands. Maggie struggles to resist, but the voice is relentless. And as its demands escalate, her world begins to crumble. With rising suspense, this story of psychological horror introduces a narrator whose own unique voice and irreverent humor are unforgettable – an unlikely hero fighting a desperate battle against incomprehensible evil.

About Bonnie Shimko

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Bonnie Shimko is a former teacher and the author of several novels, including The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye, a 2011 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and Letters in the Attic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.
Published March 26, 2013 by Skyscape. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Fifteen-year-old Maggie, or Mary-Magdalene, as her flaky young mother Roxanne optimistically christened her, hears a didactic male voice inside her head instructing her precisely how and when to kill individuals who have wronged her friends.

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Gr 9 Up—Shimko's book is billed as a psychological horror story, but readers will be torn between shaking with fear at the frightening parts and laughing at the absurd scenarios that don't quite succeed. Mary-Magdalene Feigenbaum, 15, describes why and how she killed her neighbor Lester's abusive...

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