Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Scarlet Letterman

The Scarlet Letterman by Cara Lockwood

The opening of the second "Bard Academy Novel" finds Miranda Tate returning to Bard Academy where her boyfriend is he star basketball player and she has a close group of friends. Although her life at Bard should be much better this semester, it has only grown worse.

Miranda is worried about the missing Heathcliff, whose life she is still guarding with the scrap of paper in her locket. There is also the problem of Parker, the witchiest girl in school, who happens to be after Miranda's guy. The situation between Parker and Miranda grows tenser after Parker is attacked by "the sweatshirt stalker" and asks Ryan (Miranda's boyfriend) to be her bodyguard.

Mystery once again surrounds the "part fictional" Miranda, as she is determined to find out who is wearing that sweatshirt. Could this mysterious figure be the missing Heathcliff?

Once again, Lockwood lures teens into the literary world. This novel, as the title implies, discusses The Scarlet Letter and its connections to modern teenage life. A new teacher is introduced in the form of Mr. B, William Blake. I found the literary shout-outs the best part of this series and I can't wait to read the next one just to find these little nuggets. This series is truly a unique YA series.

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