The Crazy School
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: January 2008
Duration: 8 hours 33 minutes
Madeline Dare has traded in the drudgery of living in backwoods Syracuse, New York, to work as a teacher at Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for emotionally disturbed teenagers in the Berkshires. Behind the ornate gates of the academy, she finds a disturbing realm where students and teachers must follow the dean's bizarre therapies.
"Another bitterly amusing mystery from the author of A Field of Darkness (2006)....Read borrows elements from different genres to craft a strange, compelling narrative, one that frequently approaches-but never quite descends to-the excesses of melodrama....In her shadowed complexity and stubborn-but fragile-integrity, Madeline resembles many of the genre's most enduring protagonists. She's a great character, and her creator is a great storyteller....Caustic, gripping and distinctive-intelligent entertainment."-Kirkus Reviews