The School for Dangerous Girls


Author: Eliot Schrefer

Title: The School for Dangerous Girls

Genre: Suspense, Young Adult

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 247

Geographical Setting:  Colorado

Time Period: Present day

Series (If applicable): n/a

Plot Summary: Angela has always been a troublemaker, but a serious incident causes her parents to put her into a school for girls considered to be a danger to themselves and others. A private school in the mountains of Colorado, Hidden Oak has a mysterious past and keeps most of its methods secret. Girls are divided into “gold thread” (good girls that show promise of being rehabilitated) and “purple thread” (lost causes). Angela walks the line, but is eventually put into the gold thread. Being with the good girls doesn’t make life easier, and Angela is severely punished for just asking about her friends in the purple thread. Eventually after a lot of digging she finds out exactly what happens to the girls in the purple thread, and it isn’t pretty. They are locked in an abandoned gymnasium and left to fend for themselves. If they get too out of hand or try to call attention to themselves, they are dealt with brutally. To get them out and reveal the school for what it is, Angela has to become the dangerous girl they’ve all been terrified of.

Subject Headings: Juvenile delinquents — Rehabilitation. Child abuse. Boarding schools. Good vs. Evil.

Appeal: builds in intensity, emotionally-charged, explicitly violent, flashbacks, contemporary, colorful, .

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: emotionally-charged, explicitly violent, colorful.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

Problem Girls: Understanding and Supporting Troubled and Troublesome Girls and Young Women, Gwennyd Lloyd. This book explores the issues surrounding girls and young women who are seen as troubled or troublesome.

Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids, Maia Szalavitz. An in depth look at programs designed to “help” troubled teens through harsh discipline that involves physical and verbal abuse.

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, Mary Pipher. Written by a psychologist, this book examines why young girls lose much of their self-confidence beginning around age 11, and blames society for creating a hostile environment for them.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Shock Point, April Henry—Action-packed young adult book that pits good against evil.

Down a Dark Hall, Lois Duncan—Set in a strange boarding school with a mysterious past.

Black Mirror, Nancy Werlin—Fast-paced murder mystery set at a boarding school.

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