Monday, August 24, 2015

Blog Tour: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
by Katie Alender
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 25, 2015 
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Asylum meets Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender. 

Delia's new house isn't just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up "troubled" young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play--and it doesn't want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere. 

So the house kills her. 

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house's history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house's next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself? 

Kirkus (starred review): "This superior ghost story keeps the creep factor high… A really scary and original ghost story, well told. Read it with the lights on." 

School Library Journal: "Alender has created a chilling tale of forgotten tragedies and family secrets. A great choice for fans of horror or suspense novels."

Can you describe THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL in a tweet (140 characters)? 

Girl inherits haunted house. Wants to leave. Can’t. Seriously big time can’t.

How did you come up with this story? Did you find inspiration in another book/movie/TV Show? 

Initially the idea was born because I was wondering why there were no books like “The Shining” for teens — I mean books set in rich, isolated, super spooky environments. 

Can you describe Delia to our Book Addicts? What would you say are her best qualities and how it affects her to become a ghost in THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL? 

One of Delia’s best qualities actually came as a big surprise to me — she’s willing to take action. If she decides she wants to do something or know about something, she sets out to do or learn about whatever it is. Despite the fact that she’s a bit of a geek, she’s very brave. 

If you had to choose one song to describe THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL, which song would you choose? 

Hmm… there are a lot! I have a huge playlist. I’m going to cheat and name three: (1) Like a Stone by Audioslave, because it has this sense of waiting and urgency that I feel suits the book very well. (2) O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Enya (a Christmas song), because it’s completely beautiful but also completely chilling and eerie, in my opinion. (3) The Races by The Bird and the Bee, because that song captures this sense of trapped repetition. 

Imagine that we get to see THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL on the big screen. Who would you choose to play your characters?

Hmm… Can Emma Watson just play everybody?

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Katie Alender is the author of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Famous Last Words, Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer, and the Bad Girls Don’t Die series. She is a graduate of the Florida State University Film School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. When she’s not writing novels, she can usually be found quilting, reading, eating delicious high-calorie foods, and hanging out with her friends (on very special occasions, she manages to do all of those things at once).

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE DEAD GIRLS OF HYSTERIA HALL (US Only)


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