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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Holt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429918596224 Pages, Ages 14-18
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.
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...