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A Fate Totally Worse Than Death, a
ISBN: 9781564026279
Author: Fleischman, Paul
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: October 1995
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: An outrageously wicked parody of the typical teenage horror novel evokes screams of terror and hilarity as it chronicles the fortunes of Cliffside High when the cruel clique, the Huns, get their comeuppance from Helga, the Norwegian exchange student.
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Physical Information: 0.60" H x 8.61" L x 5.75" W 128 pages
Bargain Category: Fantasy, Growing Up, High School, Middle School, Science Fiction, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996)
In this humorous and wise parody of the ubiquitous young-adult horror novel, three teenagers who murdered a classmate the previous year are convinced that a beautiful exchange student from Norway is the girl's ghost come back to haunt them. Peppered with flowery adjectives and slang, short sentences mimic and exaggerate the style used in horror novels; the result is totally fresh and very funny. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 May #5)
A trio of vain overprivileged high school girls experience horrifying symptoms of accelerated aging when they try their usual nasty tricks on a beautiful exchange student. PW described this spoof of young adult horror novels as "lavishly dosed with comic hyperbole." Ages 14-up. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1995 September #3)
The versatile Newbery Medalist sets off on a different-and wacky-tack with this spoof of young adult horror novels. Lavishly dosed with comic hyperbole, his plot is good for some chuckles-and many groans. Here goes: physically flawless Danielle, thoroughly vacuous Tiffany and their lumpy sidekick, Brook are all "Huns," those privileged students at Cliffside High whose parents have struck it rich enough to reside in Hundred Palms Estates. The ruthless trio has already dispatched one outsider: the year before, Charity Chase (a non-Hun) cozied up to Drew (a hunky Hun on whom Danielle has designs), and sent her scurrying off a cliff... to her death. Now Helga, an ethereal exchange student from Norway, has the misfortune to catch Drew's eye. Meanwhile, the three vain girls are experiencing horrifying symptoms of accelerated physical aging. Is Helga the ghost of Charity, returned to avenge herself? What could explain the girls' deterioration? Fleischman's take-off is clever, but its humor is strictly one-note. Ages 14-17. (Oct.) Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1995 October)
Gr 7 Up?This takeoff on teen-horror novels is funny, mocking, and a surefire hit. Cliffs, murder, ghosts, and revenge form the core of the plot as three teen girls at Cliffside High draw a bead on Helga, the ravishing Norwegian exchange student who has captivated Drew, a boy whose father is a millionaire. Danielle, Tiffany, and Brooke are convinced that Helga is the avenging ghost of a girl whose death they caused the previous year. As their efforts to dispatch her escalate, the girls of the ruling clique suddenly find themselves rapidly aging with all of the common debilities of arthritis, liver spots, gray hair, hearing loss, and sagging breasts?hence the title. A clever twist at the end delivers a befitting resolution. The fun is in the vapid thinking of the girls, the trendy teen scenes, and the parody of YA actions and dialogue. This hilarious farce should have teen-horror fans screaming with laughter.?Julie Cummins, New York Public Library