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Inferno

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240 pages
Dante thinks high school is an earthly version of hell. She hates her new home in the suburbs, her best friend has moved away, her homeroom teacher mocks her and her mother is making her attend a social skills group for teenage girls. When a stranger shows up at school and hands Dante a flyer that reads: Woof, woof. You are not a dog. Why are you going to obedience school?, Dante thinks she's found a soul mate. Someone who understands. Someone else who wants to make real changes in the world. But there are all kinds of ways of bringing about change...and some are more dangerous than others.
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Text copyright ©2009Robin Stevenson
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Stevenson, Robin H. (Robin Hjørdis), 1968 Inferno / written by Robin Stevenson.
ISBN 9781554690770
I. Title.
PS8637.T487I57 2009 jC813'.6 C20089076613
First published in the United States,2009
Library of Congress Control Number:2008942002
Summary: Dante is disillusioned with school and wishes she was able to be open about her sexuality, but her new friends make life even more difficult.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Design by Teresa Bubela Cover artwork by Getty Images Author photo by David Lowes
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Stn. B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
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www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada. Printed on 100% PCW recycled paper.
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To my amily
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The sun is barely up, bû e ŝky îŝ aready bûe and coûdeŝŝ. he coo mornîng aîr Iŝ my ûngŝ and ï Focûŝ on e Feeîng oF my Fee îîng e groûnd, my mûŝceŝ ŝrecîng, my ear beaîng. Rûnnîng îŝ e one îng a keepŝ me From goîng compeey crazy, bû oday î’ŝ no workîng aŝ we aŝ î ûŝûay doeŝ. My braîn îŝn’ ŝwîcîng of. ï rûn down ŝree ater ŝree, paŝ e green awnŝ, e macîng beîge oûŝeŝ, e rîpe garageŝ, e suvŝ.  We îed în a bîg cîy ûnî jûŝ oer a year ago. We ad a coo aparmen în e ear oF downown, and ï rode e ŝûbway eerywere. here waŝ e maŝŝîe îbrary, ŝîx ŝorîeŝ îg wî gaŝŝ ŝkyîgŝ eerywere, a park were ï ûŝed o rûn aong mîeŝ oF ree-îned paŝ, and a kîndŝ oF Fûnky ûŝed bookŝoreŝ and anîqûe ŝopŝ and caFéŝ. hen Dad go ranŝFerred aFway acroŝŝ e coûnry—e doeŝ ŝomeîng încompreenŝîbe a înoeŝ ŝotware and a o oF acronymŝ—and now ere we are. he bûrbŝ.
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he neareŝ cîy, e one we’re ecnîcay a ŝûbûrb oF,îŝ a depreŝŝîng concree ŝpraw. No a î maerŝ. Wî no ŝûbway, no bûŝŝeŝ—ûneŝŝ yoû wak pracîcay o e îgway and waî Foreer—and no drîer’ŝ îcenŝe, î’ŝ no îke ï can go anywere.  ï waŝ amoŝ FîFeen wen we moed, and î aŝn’ exacy been a ŝmoo ranŝîîon. A my od ŝcoo, a my eacerŝ oed me. A my new ŝcoo? No ŝo mûc. Appareny wa waŝ ŝeen aŝ “îndependen înkîng” back în e cîy îŝ caed “aîûde” ere. Laŝ year woûd ae been e îF î waŝn’ For Be. Se waŝ în my omeroom, and we ŝared o ak becaûŝe we’d ŝee eac oer oû rûnnîng a e îme. Prey ŝoon, we were ŝpendîng eery ŝpare mînûe ogeer. ï loaed roûg e reŝ oF grade en wîoû boerîng o ge o know anyone eŝe. hen în Jûne, Be and er Famîy moed away, and ï waŝ back o beîng aone. hîŝ ŝûmmer aŝ been one ong ŝarp ace.  ï ŝow down aŝ ï rûn paŝ e îg ŝcoo. Gen Rîdge Secondary Scoo. GRSS. ï’ŝ a ŝqûa, gray, wo-ee bûîdîng, aŝ new and aŝ ûgy aŝ eeryîng eŝe aroûnd ere. Sînce aŝ year, ŝomeone aŝ paned a row oF reeŝ aong e edge oF e Ied. hey’re ŝpîndy îe îngŝ. None come ûp paŝ my ŝoûder. Graned, ï’m Ie Foo eeen, bû ŝî. he reeŝ jûŝ ook kînd oF ŝad. Anyway, ŝûmmer oîdayŝ are oer. By ûncîme oday, eeryone wî be bûîng oû eîr cîgareeŝ on e ŝkînny rûnkŝ.  ï gance a my wac. Leŝŝ an ree oûrŝ ûnî ï’m back înŝîde.
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Wen ï ge ome ï ead ŝraîg o e baroom and ake a ong ŝower, aŝ o aŝ ï can ŝand, wî a baŝ oF cod a e end. ï dry myŝeF oFF qûîcky and wrap myŝeF în a owe. Mom’ŝ et one oF er magazîneŝ on e coûner, and ï lîp î open and ŝar readîng wîe ï brûŝ my ee. ï awayŝ ae o read ŝomeîng: ïF e magazîne waŝn’ ere, ï’d be readîng e îŝ oF îngredî-enŝ on e oopaŝe ûbe or e dîrecîonŝ on Dad’ŝ jar oF aee’ŝ Foo powder. Top Ten Tips or Looking Younger e arîce readŝ.ï ŝnor. Lîke ï wan o ook yoûnger an ŝîxeen. Bû ï keep readîng anyway.Tip 1: Laug lines, rown lines… teir very names give tem away. Every time you wrinkle your oreead or crinkle your eyes, tose little lines get one step closer to being a permanent part o your ace. he good news? By keeping a serene countenance, you can avoid te aging efects o excessive acial expressions. ï oŝŝ e magazîne aŝîde. Unbeîeabe. ï can’ beîee my mom readŝ îŝ crap. O waî—yeŝ, ï can. ï’ŝ prob-aby aF e reaŝon ŝe’ŝ awayŝ naggîng me aboû my appearance.  ï wîpe cean a pac oF e ŝeam-Fogged mîrror, and my bûrred relecîon ŝcowŝ back a me. My dark aîr Faŝ o my ŝoûderŝ în a we ŝaggy meŝŝ. Maybe Mom’ŝ rîg: ï’ŝ îme For a new ook. ï rûmmage în e drawer ûnî ï Ind a paîr oF ŝcîŝŝorŝ; en ï od ûp one ank oF aîr and cû. hen anoer and anoer, ûnî ï’m ŝandîng în a
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