Twenty-five teenage girls, five cabins at a mysterious summer camp, five classic camp stories with sinister twists. Will they make it out alive?

A mysterious summer camp hosts twenty-five teen girls, divided into five cabins. Each cabin is drawn into a version of a classic camp trope: a camp rivalry story, a camp romance, a murder–in–the–woods story, a survival story, and a coming-of-age quest. The girls find themselves acting out someone else's predetermined plots—but who is pulling the strings? Unless the girls can discover who's manipulating them and find a way to change how these stories end, some of them might not make it out of summer camp alive. The cabins' story lines weave in and out of one another, taking unexpected turns and pretzeling beloved tropes into a unique adventure.


Mary McCoy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She works as a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She is the author of Printz Honor Book I, Claudia.


The DNA of this singular book winds strands of M. C. Escher, Joss Whedon, and Heathers—Mary McCoy has created something wonderful, wild, and weird. Don’t miss it.

McCoy has written a downright peculiar book that manages to deliver a compelling tale of friendship and survival. The characters—which include at least two young black women and two lesbians—are easy to distinguish and follow, even as the narrative is required to dive into different scenes. A self-consciously omniscient narrator is a helpful technique that folds well into the plot. A loose relationship with A Midsummer Night’s Dream helps explain the hazier bits, though knowledge of Shakespeare isn’t required to enjoy the book. Weird, fun, clever, and different—in a good way.

Kirkus Reviews

A wildly imaginative novel with plenty of twists, this is a good pick for teens who like stories filled with bravery and dark magic.

School Library Journal

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