Three Quarters Dead was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Jenny Sawyer
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Title: The Hired Girl
Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
Title: Bellweather Rhapsody
Author: Kate Racculia
Author: Richard Peck
Genre: Fiction (YA)
Year published: 2010
Sophomore Kerry isn’t a very likable protagonist. Not at the beginning of this story when she’s a nobody, and not as the story gets going and she’s adopted by über-popular senior, Tanya and her henchgirls, Mackenzie and Natalie. Of course, Kerry is immediately their devoted lapdog, even after it’s clear that belonging to this group will be an equal parts terrifying and exhilarating experience. Actually, emphasis on the terrifying—especially after Tanya, Mackenzie, and Natalie die in a horrible car crash … then return to take care of some high school-style unfinished business. By the end of this story, you’ll be rooting for Kerry to come to her senses and abandon the diabolical trio … but will she before it’s too late?
What’s scarier than a werewolf,
scarier than a flesh-eating zombie,
scarier, even, than a psycho wielding a knife?
You’ll find out when we talk about Three Quarters Dead by Richard Peck .
The most popular senior in high school.
Yep, she’s the scariest of them all.
Especially when she comes back from the dead to stake her claim to popularity once and for all.
That’s the premise of this, well, I guess I should call it a ghost story by Richard Peck. Kerry, a sophomore nobody, is thrilled when popular girl Tanya—a senior, and reining queen of Pondfield High School—picks her to be girl number four in her popular girl posse. There are a few little hitches, of course. Like when Tanya and Natalie and Mackenzie drive off during a hazing prank, leaving Kerry in a very awkward situation. But really, it’s all worth it to Kerry.
Until Tanya and Natalie and Mackenzie end up dead. And Kerry ends up, um, haunted.
Three Quarters Dead is slightly unusual territory for Richard Peck, as he’s better known for his tall tales than his stories about psycho-scary popular girls. Still, his storytelling skill is boldly on display as he sucks you right into Kerry’s nightmare—and offers you plenty of material to dream up your own.