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The highly anticipated sequel to This Side of Paradise—which Kirkus heralds as “an entertaining, suspenseful thriller”—Paradise Lost delivers the same chilling scenarios and head-scratching secrets that fans expect from author Steven L. Layne.
Meet Chase Maxfield. After a summer break, the former wallflower returns to school with a new found confidence to match his sudden, yet classic, good looks. His popularity even pulls the attention away from golden boy Troy Barrett. But not everyone is enamored with the overnight class favorite. Troy’s brother, Jack, suspects something sinister is behind Chase’s unexpected transformation, and his skepticism only grows as other eerie events occur.
When his grandmother is mysteriously poisoned, his brother disappears, and his girlfriend soon develops an interest in someone else, Jack becomes even more determined to discover the truth. Yet the late Mr. Eden—a man who embodies evil—will do whatever it takes to stop Jack until he meets his ultimate demise. Packed with action and off-the-wall incidents, this fast-paced novel invites readers on an adventure that builds momentum until the very last page.
About the Author
Steven L. Layne is a professor of literacy education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses in children’s and adolescent literature and directs the university’s Master of Education in Literacy program. A fifteen-year veteran of public education, Dr. Layne serves as an international literacy consultant, a featured author, and a keynote speaker at conferences, workshops, and schools throughout the world. His accolades include honors from such organizations as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Illinois Reading Council, and the International Reading Association. He is the author of Pelican’s This Side of Paradise and Mergers, in addition to numerous children’s picture books. Layne lives with his family in St. Charles, Illinois.
By Steven L. Layne
JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
224 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 9781455617753 pb