From the Series The Alternative

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Rachel’s junior year is going to be perfect—she’s taking AP classes, is first-chair viola, and is busy planning her college visits. Then Misty, Rachel’s wild and unpredictable cousin, lands on her parents’ doorstep and turns Rachel’s orderly world upside-down. Rachel’s family hopes enrolling Misty in Rondo Alternative High School will help with her behavior issues, but her rough past and reckless choices make her a force to be reckoned with. As Rachel gets pulled deeper into Misty’s dark secrets, she’ll have to figure out if can she transform the uncontrollable Misty—or will it be Misty who transforms her?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.5
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF011000, YAF058060, YAF058110
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 470
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 166376
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.


  • In the Margins: Best Books for Teens Nominee, Nominated, 2014


Library Media Connection

“These high-interest low-level books provide intriguing storylines packed into a relatively short novel….This series should attract an array of readers seeking an edgier teenage drama.”―Library Media Connection


“Because of Jones’s extensive experience working in juvenile detention centers and with teens at many alternative centers, these books are quite realistic and make an excellent bridge for lower level readers and fans of the popular Bluford High and Urban Underground series who are looking for more of a challenge.” —VOYA