Dickensen Academy by Christine Grabowski Genre: YA Paranormal Release Date: September 12th 2018 The Wild Rose Press, Inc Summary: This school may be her dream come trueâ¦or her worst nightmare.
Dickensen Academy isnât a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.
Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.
When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the schoolâs secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?
âI feel like thereâs something big we donât know about. Something those students were protecting. I mean, really, why are we here?â
I thought it was just me who was confused. âWellâ¦the recruiters said weâre creative and focused.â
âYeah, thatâs what Principal Locke said too.â
âAnd we have the right personality.â
Ben looked up at the sky, sighed then turned toward the forest. âWhat did he sayâ¦something about how it will soon become clear why weâre here, and thereâs some ultimate purpose for our creativity?â
âI know. That whole creativity part was a bit bizarre.â
He shrugged. âIt seems everyone is going with the flow. But I have so many questions.â Then he touched my arm to stop me, so I turned toward him. âIâm thinking theyâre isolating us for some special reason,â he admitted in an embarrassed tone.
I tried not to laughâhe was acting paranoid. But I didnât know Ben well. Maybe he was joking, trying to freak me out. Or was he hitting on me? The flutter in my chest moved to my stomach. I was already anxious about being away from home and whether or not I could hack the academics. I didnât need to obsess about anything else. But I still had to know about Benâs dream.
âSoâ¦I also had a dream about Dickensen before I accepted the offer.â
Benâs head snapped toward me. âYou did?â
About the Author
Dickensen Academy is Christineâs debut YA novel. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned her MBA at the University at Albany. She honed her technical writing skills in marketing and consulting but attributes the creative part of the process to her passion for reading.
When she isnât reading or writing, Christine can often be found running, skiing, or hiking. She lives in Newcastle, Washington, with her supportive husband, two avid teen readers, and their energetic wheaten terriers.