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Demon Chick

Marilyn Kaye

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Jessica may not have the warmest relationship with her mother, aspiring presidential candidate Margaret Hunsucker, but it still comes as a shock when she discovers that her mother has sold her to the devil. Will she have to spend eternity in hell with one of Satan’s minions, a demon named Brad? Brad takes pains to explain that they live in one of hell’s better neighborhoods, and he seems like a nice enough guy—but still! And things only get worse when Jessica learns the full extent of her mother’s evil plans. Can she and Brad come up with a plan to save the world?

These and other pressing questions are all answered in Marilyn Kaye’s delightfully satirical Demon Chick.

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Chapter One

A TEACHER ONCE told my creative-writing class that every good story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Well, duh.

But once I’d made up my mind to write this particular story, I realized that the rule might not be so simple to follow. Naturally, I wanted to tell my story from my point of view, so I couldn’t really start at the beginning, because I wasn’t around when it all began, I wasn’t even born yet. So I decided to kick off my tale at the point when I first realized that my life was interesting enough to make a story. Or maybe just

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Praise for Demon Chick

“Kaye’s book is an imaginative and satirical offering.”—Booklist

“There’s a little political commentary, a little Machiavellianism, a little about responsibility and guilt and loyalty, but the weighty issues are handled with a light touch, thanks to Jessica, whose wry observations and dialogue keep the narrative snappy. And though the premise may be out there, Kaye’s version of hell makes total sense (an Agatha Christie mystery with the last section ripped out? Perfect). This is one hell worth visiting.”—Horn Book Review

“The story moves quickly, offering a very different view of Hell than readers have ever imagined. Brad and Jessica are entertaining characters, and readers will cheer them on as they attempt to save the world and work through their rocky relationship.”—School Library Journal

“Kaye’s book is an imaginative and satirical offering.”—Booklist

“There’s a little political commentary, a little Machiavellianism, a little about responsibility and guilt and loyalty, but the weighty issues are handled with a light touch, thanks to Jessica, whose wry observations and dialogue keep the narrative snappy. And though the premise may be out there, Kaye’s version of hell makes total sense (an Agatha Christie mystery with the last section ripped out? Perfect). This is one hell worth visiting.”—Horn Book Review

“The story moves quickly, offering a very different view of Hell than readers have ever imagined. Brad and Jessica are entertaining characters, and readers will cheer them on as they attempt to save the world and work through their rocky relationship.”—School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Marilyn Kaye

  • MARILYN KAYE is the author of many successful books for young adults, including those in the Replica series and Penelope, which is also a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Marilyn lives in Paris, France.
  • Marilyn Kaye
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Demon Chick

Marilyn Kaye

  • e-Book

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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