For fans of Gillian Flynn, Caroline Cooney, and R.L. Stine comes Nightmare from four-time Edgar Allen Poe Young Adult Mystery Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon.
Emily has never fit in with her overachieving family. Instead of getting straight As, she sits in the back row and hides behind her hair. As a result, her parents have enrolled her for the summer at Camp Excel, an academic camp for underachievers. Emily doesn’t want to go, and not just because she thinks it isn’t necessary. Since she was a child, she’s been plagued by a recurring nightmare. And something about this camp feels familiar. Has she been there before? Why can’t she remember?
With the help of two new friends, Emily discovers that her nightmare is not just in her head. Someone at Camp Excel has a secret and will do anything—even kill—to keep Emily from uncovering the truth.
“A taut, well-constructed mystery.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will once again fall under Nixon’s spell as they enjoy this page-turner.” –School Library Journal
“[An] inimitable blend of horror and whodunit.” –Booklist
“[Nightmare has] taut suspenseful passages…[and] clever false leads.” –Publishers Weekly
From the late Nixon (The Other Side of Dark), a four-time Edgar winner, comes this middling murder mystery set in a summer camp for underachieving teens. An inexplicable panic overtakes 16-year-old Emily when she learns she is being sent to Camp Excel. Then, on the drive there, she falls asleep and has the frightening nightmare that has haunted her for years, of herself struggling to break free of tangled vines and then spying a body with eyes and mouth wide-open. Emily feels even more unsettled when her roommate urges her to choose one of the future-predicting symbols from her rune collection and Emily randomly selects one that warns that "forces of evil" are working against her. Readers receive extra clues: intermittent, brief chapters introduce the voice of an anonymous individual who obviously works at the camp and wants Emily dead. Despite some taut suspenseful passages, Nixon's narrative relies too heavily on coincidence. And, despite some clever false leads, the whodunit's denouement is disappointing, as the villain turns out to be a character who has remained largely in the background. Ages 12-up.
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This book was beyond amazing. Yet, I'm only 13. I loved this book, could not put it down, and when I did. I was craving for more. I also loved the book The Other Side of Dark. That book was amazing too. I absolutely love this author.
This book was AMAZING! Could not put it down! I loved everything about it. Really worth reading if you like mystery/scary combo books. Although actually its more mystery, not that scary 😊