The Last Academy

By Anne Applegate

What is that this prep university getting ready them for?

Camden Fisher arrives at boarding institution haunted via a falling-out together with her ally again domestic. however the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like not anything Cam has ever recognized. There are wonderful, preppy boys wielding tennis rackets, and circles of ladies with secrets and techniques to spare. simply . . . whatever isn't fairly correct. certainly one of Cam's new neighbors mysteriously disappears, however the lecturers do not appear too involved. Cam wakes as much as strangers in her room, who then soften into the evening. She is abruptly affected by ordinary stories, and senses there could be whatever darkish and poor brewing. yet what? the reply will depart Cam--and readers--stunned and breathless, during this exciting debut novel.

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