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Former bully, Astrid, moves to the town of Elsewhere and becomes the target of teenage tyrant, Candi, who has Elsewhere wrapped around her finger. Little does Astrid know, Candi’s hold over the town is darker than she could ever imagine.
Being a better person can be a lot harder than it looks.
It’s 1988, and former bully Astrid is forced to move from Queens to the small town of Elsewhere. Although this town is totally weird, Astrid sees the move as a way to reinvent herself. That is, until Candi—the teenage tyrant with supernatural powers who rules Elsewhere—decides she wants Astrid to be her new bestie.
Having to choose between the perks and safety of being the Queen B’s best friend and the desire to be a better person could literally cost Astrid her life. As Astrid and her new friends begin to dig into the dark history of Elsewhere and the source of Candi’s powers, they form a dangerous plan to resist Candi’s compulsion and to escape Elsewhere, or else be doomed to live under Candi’s rule forever.
- Winner, Moonbeam Bronze Award - Young Adult Fiction: Mature Issues 2022
- Short-listed, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award - Best Juvenile/YA 2023
“It’s 1988 in Elsewhere, New York, and Astrid Friedman-Smith knows something is off about the town’s obsession with a powerful and very beautiful teen girl . . . an interesting take on power, bullying, and fear.” —Kirkus Reviews