Publisher's Note:  

Best friends... for never? 

Anastasia Stolonov and Edie Wilson are back at boarding school after spending the summer apart, and they can't wait to be dormmates again! Unfortunately, things don't go as planned, and Edie is stuck with Janet, the new girl at Knight's Haddon. 

Janet isn't like anyone the other girls have ever met before. She's cool, confident, and a little rebellious, so Edie is thrilled that Janet seems to like her. And as Edie's friendship with Anastasia becomes rocky, Janet is the only one on Edie's side. But when mysterious things begin to happen, Edie starts to think that Janet may not be all she seems--and suddenly events take a dangerous turn. Will Edie be able to salvage her friendships and uncover what's going on before the clock runs out?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

Mischief at Midnight

by Esme Kerr

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Mischief at Midnight is the second book in a series, Knight's Haddon, by author Esme Kerr. A mystery set in an English boarding school, the stage is set for mischief and intrigue with a cast of characters from wildly different backgrounds. Seeing as it is an all girl's boarding school there is plenty of the stereotypical "girl drama", as the girls have to adjust to the new girl with an attitude and how she changes the dynamics of the friendships. There is also a lot of learning to deal with being the third wheel, which brings its own kind of drama, but also an opportunity for growth and maturity.

At first read, I thought the book stood alone rather well, but by the time I got to the end, I felt that the characters lacked depth of personality and in their relationships with one another. Perhaps, this is a result of missing out on what happened in the first novel. Overall even with the mystery, which kept me going to the end of novel, it seemed to be lacking depth and was relatively flat, which left me feeling it was a nice book, but not really thinking about it more than that. 

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  19 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities. 

Violence/Gore:  Character makes fingers into gun shape and jokes that someone will shoot a pet; character pummels another girl with fists; character grabs another by their wrists to keep from being hit; person described as being like Hitler; description of character who tied themselves up and now is in imminent danger (frightening scene); people who are described as protesters are shot by the police with a taser gun; person hit with a billy stick and dragged into a police car; report that someone knocked a policeman flat. 

Sex/Nudity:  None

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Death of parents, child abandonment.

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Reference made to an event in a previous book of having been drugged and kidnapped; man said to be as drunk as a skunk because of the way he was acting; man described as liking to drink; man drinks wine; lady smokes a cigarette; boy described as being like a drug dealer; underage girl orders a brandy in a bar; boy smokes a cigarette.

Reviewed By Sally
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