Audiobook CD - 2014 | Unabridged.
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It's senior year, and the school's queen bee suddenly falls victim to uncontrollable tics. Her mystery illness quickly spreads, and more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. Only Colleen Rowley, who's been reading The Crucible, realizes what nobody else does: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago.
Publisher: Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: A2014
ISBN: 9781629237640
Branch Call Number: CD TEEN HOW
Characteristics: 11 audio discs (approximately 13 hr., 31 min.) :,CD audio, digital ;,4 3/4 in.
audio file, CD audio, rda
digital, rda
Additional Contributors: Hvam, Khristine


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Jul 08, 2015

The narrator's oft-changing accent didn't help the story, but I gritted my teeth and stayed with it. Alas, everyone in the 2012 part of the story sounded like nasal, preppy high school teens and those in Salem Village jumped between southern US, some kind of try at British or Caribbean island, and stodgy Puritanical voices.
The story alternates between Salem Village in the 1600s, in which Ann Putnam confesses to the scam of 20-some years before, and 2012 Danvers, Mass., in which Colleen Rowley juggles final senior year in high school with college application hopes, valedictorian aspirations, and clique politics.
When the most high social queen, Clara, and her two closest minions are stricken with strikingly different yet debilitating symptoms, more girls start getting 'sick' too. The 'Saint Joan's Mystery Disease' and the publicity surrounding it quickly get out of hand and Colleen's substitute AP history teacher pushes her to look into 'The Crucible' to figure out what's happening.
Then, poof, in the last 30 minutes of the story, the state health nurse solves the mystery, gives it a name, and our plucky heroine is among the fallen.
How can Colleen be the only person who knows Danvers was once Salem Village? Why does the author add the 'mysterious' behavior of Emma and her mother to the end of the story?
I was disappointed with the wrap-up.

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