Project 17

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Hyperion Book CH, Dec 18, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
15 Reviews

High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. Locals have long believed the place to be haunted. They tell stories about the unmarked graves in the back, of the cold spots felt throughout the underground tunnels, and of the treasures found inside: patientsí personal items like journals, hair combs, and bars of soap, or even their old medical records, left behind by the state for trespassers to view.

On the eve of the hospitalís demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their adventures. For Derik, itís an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parentsí diner. For the others, itís a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a playful dare quickly escalates into a frenzy of nightmarish action. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.

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User Review  - Heba - Goodreads

Really typical at times. The classic case of a group of misfits, forced into a situation together, and through a lovable back and forth, end up being friends? "Breakfast Club meets Blair Witch Project ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adriyann - Goodreads

Insane asylums freak me out so I decided to read this book for Halloween and it did not disappoint. It was a fast paced, really creepy story & I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get in the spooky mood. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of Bleed, as well as the highly popular young adult novels Blue Is for Nightmares, White Is for Magic, Silver Is for Secrets, and Red Is for Remembrance. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at

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