Crazy School by Cornelia Read – Giveaway!!!

Thanks to Hachette Book Group for giving me 3 of these books for giveaway!

Giveaway is now closed – thank you 🙂

rom the acclaimed author of A FIELD OF DARKNESS comes another compelling novel featuring the acerbic and memorable voice of ex-debutante Madeline Dare. Madeline Dare has finally escaped rust-belt Syracuse, New York, for the lush Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. After her husband’s job offer falls through, Maddie signs on as a teacher at the Santangelo Academy, a boarding school for disturbed teenagers. Behind the academy’s ornate gates, she discovers a disturbing realm where students and teachers alike must submit to the founder’s bizarre therapeutic regimen.

From day one, Maddie feels uneasy about smooth-talking Dr. Santangelo but when she questions his methods, she’s appalled to find that her fellow teachers would rather turn on each other than stand up for themselves, much less protect the students in their care. A chilling event confirms Maddie’s worst suspicions, then hints at an even darker secret history, one that twines through the academy’s very heart.

Cut off from the outside world, Maddie must join forces with a small band of the school’s most violently rebellious students-kids whose troubled grip on reality may well prove to be her only chance of salvation.


Kirkus Reviews states: “Caustic, gripping and distinctive—intelligent entertainment…”

Library Journal says: “Read’s novel is fast-paced; once the action starts, don’t even think about putting it down…”

And Booklist gives it a starred review, stating: “Read has rendered another swiftly plotted mystery peppered with wonderful one-liners…”

Here is how you can have a chance to win a copy of this book:

Lets’s have some fun with this one… a character is placed into a book that is basically… you.  What is your fictional character name?  (*You must answer the question in a comment below to be entered in this giveaway)

More Ways to win?  Sure!

Be a new or current subscriber of this blog (sign up is in the upper right sidebar) and let me know here in a separate comment and I will put you in for two extra entries)

Blog or tweet this giveaway (you can tweet this once a day) and let me know here in a separate comment and this will earn you another entry.

Follow this blog and let me know here in a separate comment and tada!!!   You now have – yup, another entry

Giveaway is open to US and Canada.  This giveaway will end February 16


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144 Comments on “Crazy School by Cornelia Read – Giveaway!!!

  1. I’ve always felt like Jo March, in “Little Women.”

    Would love to enter this contest. This book sounds really enticing. Reminds me of an unorthodox school where my ex-husband worked!

  2. I would be Marina – I’ve always thought that name was so exotic. Please enter me! milou2ster(at)

  3. That’s an easy one…love the name Alexia! Think my real name is kinda boring, but not enough to legally change it. 🙂

  4. I’d be Giovanna. If I needed a surname I’d say Dogood.


  5. I know a beautiful woman named Liberee. I love that name so I would go with that.

  6. I would be Hannah McGregory as I saw the name while researching my ancestry and really liked it.

  7. I would be the nerdy gal who works in the coffee shop and makes a mean cappuccino and all the while while running the espresso machine with her reading glasses (from Eyeglass Shopper) down on her nose has the extraordinary ability to hear everything said by everyone at all the tables and so gets the first tips and hints on crimes in progress or crimes being considered because she is actually from another galaxy but looks like she is from earth. Her name is Succha Sleuth.

  8. I’m following you on Google Reader also.

  9. I’ve always liked the name Abby for some reason.


  10. I’m thinking I would be Laszlo de Varnier, French/Hungarian vampire who writes horror novels and plays the violin. Laszlo also writs childrens books under the name of Lillian Vandicott.

  11. if i were a character in a book my name would be
    Melissa Neptune

  12. I read Forever Amber years ago and I have liked the name Amber since then.
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  13. I am a Subscriber to this blog.
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  14. Rebecca Fairlight. This is what I wanted to name our daughter. The nurse refused to write it on the forms because with our 11 letter last name, it wouldn’t fit in the space provided.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  15. Well, I always use the name Raen every time I play video games so I would use that name.

  16. Rogue… Okay, so no one in their right mind would ever name their child ‘Rogue’ (unless they were hardcore X-Men fans), but that is a moniker that I would answer to and one that I use as a handle at times. Would love to read this book! Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

    Aliya D.

  17. I would be Madeline-from Madeline or Caroline for Caroline-both were French girls having adventures.

  18. I subscribe by email and oops I posted incorrectly earlier-not leaving my fictional name.

  19. This book sounds really neat… not to mention that I live an hour away from Syracuse!

    My character name would be:
    Scarlet (after the song)

  20. I always wanted to be Jillian instead of just Jill. Sounds good.

  21. My character’s name would be Helen Bedd!

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  22. What is your fictional character name? Tina. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

  23. My character’s name would be Violetta (it’s Latin)!!!

  24. My character’s name would be Mary Edna Lee. Love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!


  25. I subscribe via email.


  26. My character’s name would be Avis Meachem, the local real estate lady/gossip.

  27. I have kind of an unusual name so I’d like to use my real one for my “fictional” one. That, or Bailey. I love that name too!

  28. My fictional alterego is Pinky Jingopot. Yep. (It’s a bit of an inside joke in our family, but I also love how it sounds!!) 🙂
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  29. I like Martha or Sarah for a name and I would
    like to win this book, it sounds so mysterious.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  31. For a giggle, I want to star in a old school noir detective story and go by the name Gwendolyn Gumshoe. I can see it now……

    “Some people become P.I.s when they have no where left to go. My name is Gwendolyn Gumshoe and you might say that I was born a private investigator……”

  32. My character would be named Myrtle. Just a cool name I like!

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