Itâs senior year, and St. Joanâs Academy is a pressure cooker. Grades, college applications, boysâ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends keep it together. Until the schoolâs queen bee suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class.
The mystery illness spreads to the school's popular clique, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joanâs buzzes with rumor; rumor erupts into full-blown panic.
Everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Are the girls faking? Only Colleenâwhoâs been reading The Crucible for extra creditâcomes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries agoÂ .Â .Â .
Inspired by true eventsâfrom seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high schoolâConversion casts a spell.
"[Howe] has a gift for capturing the teenage mindset that nears the level of John Green."âUSA Today
"...this creepy, gripping novel is intimately real and layered, shedding light on the challenges teenage girls have faced throughout history."âThe New York Times
"A chilling guessing game . . . that will leave readers thinking about the power (and powerlessness) of young women in the past and present alike."âPublishers Weekly, Starred Review
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