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by Michelle Knudsen
published by Candlewick Press
Available September 9, 2014
When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is, in fact . . . a demon. Now, in addition to saving the school musical from technical disaster and trying not to make a fool of herself with her own hopeless crush, Cyn has to save her best friend from the clutches of the evil librarian, who also seems to be slowly sucking the life force out of the entire student body! From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen, here is the perfect novel for teens who like their horror served up with a bit of romance, plenty of humor, and some pretty hot guys (of both the good and evil variety).
"That's one of the things I've always loved most about musical theater. The way it makes anything, even the most unlikely turn of events, seem absolutely possible."
"Anything really is possible in musical theater. Even if the music at the moment is only playing in my head."
"But that's the nice thing about fantasies; everything can be completely and nonsensically rearranged to suit the fantasist. It is why I often prefer them to real life."
"I like people to be who they are and stay that way and not become different people all of a sudden."
"Teenagers have more fire than anyone. Their souls are burning with life and youth and hormones and desire and all the things they want and need and hate and love."
"But that is part of the magic of musical theater...That it can be awesome when everything else is awful, that it can make you feel better when life kicks you in the face and then stomps on your head while you're lying there on the ground whimpering and then makes out with your boyfriend while making you watch, when there seems to be no hope and you have trouble seeing the possibility of happiness or a future or anything else. Musical theater can save you, even if only for two or three hours at a time."
"The awfulness isn't going anywhere. It will be there waiting for us all next week. And so for now, I am listening to my favorite songs and dreaming impossible dreams and ignoring the reality of the swiftly approaching future as much as I possibly can."