Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.
Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
Number of Pages: 416
Reviewed by Lily, age 13
I absolutely loved reading Rites of Passage! The well-written story is incredibly suspenseful and offers a clever plot; the author weaves in different clues to the mystery throughout the story and then all come together in the end in a way that makes sense, unlike a lot of books. It is super-exciting, full of adventure and very motivational for girls. I especially enjoyed the inspiring and believable characters with strengths and flaws who seem like real people I might encounter in my life. I highly recommend this book for girls ages 13 and up. Adult language. Thank you to HarperCollins for this great book!
This book is on shelves September of 2013!
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Lily, age 13