The Turning Book 1: What Curiosity Kills

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Sourcebooks, Inc., May 1, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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"What Curiosity Kills...cracks open the world of Upper East Side prep-schoolers and literally turns it wild, bringing together the best parts of Gossip Girl, Twilight, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer... funny, fierce, and full of surprises."
-Hannah Tinti, ALA Alex Award-winning auth or of The Good Thief

Nobody can know your secret.
Nobody can know your power.
But if nobody knows who you are to begin with...what's stopping you?

I whisper, "What's so special about me all of a sudden?"

Nick says, "The Turning."

Mary feels different, but can't explain why. The fainting, the strange cravings...and worse, the things she's noticed about her body.

Mary doesn't know where to turn. If she tells her parents or her sister, she'll risk losing everything. She has no other family, no way of knowing if what she's going through is normal. Everyone she's ever known and loved could reject her...

"Helen Ellis is the kind of writer that makes the pages fly and the kind of friend readers will wish they had growing up."
-Hannah Tinti, ALA Alex Award-winning auth or of The Good Thief

  

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I love Helen Ellis' writing style. - Goodreads
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User Review  - SheilaRuth - LibraryThing

Different than I expected - more about the people than the cats - and not without flaws, but compulsively readable! I found myself standing in the kitchen at midnight reading it because I couldn't put it down. Read full review

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User Review  - Chelsey - Goodreads

This novel was... interesting. I'm not even completely sure it was interesting in a good way. Maybe the word I'm actually searching for is 'weird'. The good thing is that it kept me reading. I think ... Read full review

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Contents

chapter one
1
chapter two
9
chapter three
19
chapter four
29
chapter five
37
chapter six
47
chapter seven
59
chapter eight
73
chapter thirteen
121
chapter fourteen
133
chapter fifteen
143
chapter sixteen
157
chapter seventeen
163
chapter eighteen
173
chapter nineteen
181
chapter twenty
195

chapter nine
85
chapter ten
95
And then it happens
103
chapter eleven
105
chapter twelve
111
acknowledgments
211
about the author
212
Back Cover
213
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About the author (2010)

HELEN ELLIS is the author of Eating the Cheshire Cat, a Southern Gothic about three teenage girls and the Alabama Society that twisted them. The novel was picked for B&N Discover Great New Writers, ABA Booksense 76, and the Los Angeles Times and Southern Critics Circle Best Book of the Year. The book is currently being optioned for film by director Amy Redford.

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