The Year of the Gadfly

The Year of the Gadfly

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A budding teen journalist and her enigmatic science teacher separately work to locate and infiltrate a secret society that threatens their elite prep school with a shady tragedy from the past, an event that challenges the student's allegiances.
Publisher: Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2012
ISBN: 9780547548593
0547548591
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm

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jeanner222 Oct 02, 2013

When Iris Dupont starts her freshman year at the prestigious Mariana Academy, she is starting anew in more than one sense. Leaving Boston for Nye is part of Iris’s road to recovery. You see, Iris has just lost her best friend to suicide. And, she’s started talking to an imaginary friend, her idol, Edward R. Murrow.

The budding journalist soon stumbles upon a most interesting story—a secret society at Mariana and the underground newspaper published by them. The society is known as Prisom’s Party and it exists (apparently) to expose and punish students and faculty members.

Who are these self-righteous finger-pointers, and what is their connection to Iris?

Iris’s research leads her to an albino student, in whose home Iris is now living. It also leads to her biology teacher, Mr. Kaplan. Convinced that there is a great story to be written, Iris further investigates the society and her teacher.

When the past and present collide, it is up to Iris to decide what is true and who is true.

This is a well-paced and engrossing novel, though the big reveal is a bit disappointing.

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