BOOK REVIEW: THE CRAZY SCHOOL
Is the Santangelo Academy a school for troubled teens or is it the staff that needs help?
Madeline Dare has left Syracuse, New York for the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. After her husband's job fell through, Madeline finds employment as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a school for troubled teens. David Santangelo, who is really strange, founded the school.
It did not take Madeline very long to find out that something is very weird about this school. Not only is there a rigorous schedule of rules and therapy for the students but also for the staff as well. When someone does not do what he or she is supposed to, they are sent to “the farm” as a form of punishment. Madeline lives with her husband off campus.
When Madeline started to question the situation, she found that the other teachers more or less turned on one another. It was not unusual for someone to “rat” on you.
Madeline soon learns that she must bond with some of the troubled teens in order to survive. Then something bizarre really happened. Two of the students, Mooney and Fay, were going to be parents and tried to keep this a secret. They planned to leave the academy. They were found dead. At first it was a suspected suicide but when it was determined to be murder, Madeline became the prime suspect.
Is Madeline able to work her way out of this mess?
Madeline is the narrator of this story. The first part of the book introduces the reader to the school and students. Later on, it then becomes a mystery. The author has provided an interesting read with many twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader guessing. Cornelia Read does a fine job of describing to the reader what it would be like if such a school existed. The author also shows the reader the passion Madeline has for trying to do the best for her students. Cornelia Read is a talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her book in the future.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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