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Shelter Me

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From the acclaimed author of Bad Girls comes a “dark, break-neck paced journey through wartime England, full of twists and turns you’ll never see coming” (Christopher Golden, author of Soulless) as a teenage girl discovers that evil comes in many forms when she and a group of friends run away from boarding school in this stunning novel of suspense and survival.

Maggie Leigh just wants to be a normal teenager, but when German bombs tear apart London during World War II, her ultra-religious mother sees the destruction as divine punishment. She sends Maggie to a remote boarding school in coastal Wales, supposedly to keep her safe, but also to keep her in line. The school is creepy, the headmistress is a lunatic, and the students range from spoiled rich girls to speechless trauma victims. But when a tragic accident happens on the beach, Maggie and three friends are forced to flee the school, plunging into the nightmarish world of Europe during wartime. Now every decision Maggie makes is fraught with danger, and living to see another day depends on how quickly she can think and act...and how far she's willing to go.

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Alex McAulay, author of Bad Girls, Lost Summer, and Oblivion Road, is a graduate of Brown University, and holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an indie-rock musician who has recorded several albums under the name Charles Douglas.  He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa.  Visit him online at

Product Details

  • Publisher: MTV Books (January 6, 2009)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416545835
  • Grades: 9 and up
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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"Alex McAulay brings to life one girl's harrowing, nightmarish adventure. Shelter Me is a dark, breakneck-paced journey through wartime England, full of twists and thrilling turns you'll never see coming!" -- Christopher Golden, author of Soulless

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