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Product Details

  • Series: Another
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763637076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763637071
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8–10—When five siblings enroll at Marlowe, an elite prep school in Manhattan, a secret advantage allows them to edge out the competition in sports, class offices, and the hearts of the most popular students. They have all—knowingly or unknowingly—exchanged their souls for supernatural gifts: mind-reading, athletic ability, great writing, control over time, and extreme beauty. However, their evil governess, Madame Vileroy, is not content with what she has already taken from her children. She gets great pleasure in pitting them against one another, regularly offering them more power or accolades in exchange for more of their essential selves. But how far does her power reach? And when is it too late to turn away from evil? With several well-timed twists and numerous allusions to Faustian bargains throughout history, this juicy story will appeal to teens who enjoy the power grabs and backstabbing of Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girls" (Little, Brown), as well as to fans of dark contemporary fantasy.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA END

About the Author

Daniel Nayeri has held many book-related jobs, including editor, literary agent, and children’s librarian. He is also a professional pastry chef and award-winning stuntman.

His sister, Dina Nayeri Viergutz, is a former teaching fellow in economics who holds both an MBA and a master’s of education from Harvard University. Both were born in Iran and now live in New York City and Amsterdam, respectively.

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Daniel Nayeri was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is an editor of picture books, novels, and graphic novels at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Before that he worked as a professional pastry chef and a stuntman.

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I feel like im in the minority here but i really dont care.
B. Wilson
For the first 150-200 pages I thought it was rather slow going and I was really tempted to move onto another book.
Debbie's World of Books
While the secondary characters are somewhat lacking in characterization, they aren't very essential to the story.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Darcy Wishard on August 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
ne night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish - only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and
elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city's most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor's extraordinary "gifts."
But as the students claw their way up - reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty - the side-effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most
unforgivable sins.

All though many people are familiar with the age old story of the man who traded his soul to the devil for a certain wish or talent, not everyone knows it as the "Faustian Bargain" or the Legend of the Faust. So, in case you are wondering about the title of the book...that is what it is based on. I wanted to point that out because quite a few teens that I polled had no idea what the word "Faust" was related to.

As you may have guessed by now this story is centered around five mysterious teens who are seemingly perfect, but weirdly...icky. Each of them have a perfect gift that any teen could relate to wanting, yet at the same time an awful quality that they must overcome. They live with their creepy governess Madame Villeroy who is no Mary Poppins (I'll just leave it at that).

Overall this is a very dark book with very few light-hearted moments and it will be obvious to any reader that each teen pays a heavy price for the gifts they so desire.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bri on August 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In locations around the world, five children vanish without a trace. Five years later, they appear at an elite New York party on Christmas Eve, accompanied by their governess, Madame Vileroy. As strikingly beautiful as she is devious, Vileroy has endowed each of the teens with a mysterious gift. The gifts are special, fitting for each child's personality, and allow for some fun and mischief, such as Valentin's ability to stop time leads to replay a scene over and over helps a nerdy classmate win over the popular cheerleader. The gifts also enable them to advance beyond their peers. But as it's a Faustian Bargain, the gifts may have devastating consequences.

The characters varied in personality and villainy, and the use of different viewpoints gives the reader a thorough view of their complexities.I was so both horrified and intrigued by Victoria, the power-hungry teen who would stop at nothing - and I mean nothing - to win even above her brothers and sisters. Save Victoria, I wanted all of the teens to gain redemption even as they used their gifts to "cheat" over other students: Christian, the skilled athlete. Bice, who only wanted to hide away. Belle, as beautiful as she was odorous. Valentin, the liar with the soul of a poet. As they struggle with the unexpected consequences of their gifts and deceit, you'll be asking: to what lengths will someone go to win? And what happens when they reach that point?

This book grabbed me instantly. The first chapter, illustrating each of the children's lives before they were taken was so engrossing as it spanned countries and social classes, it got my attention and didn't let go until the last page. I read this on vacation, and I spent more time by the pool reading, than actually swimming. The ending was nothing like what I expected and if this title is indication, the second in the Another series will be just as suspenseful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on January 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
One night, five children vanish and no one is left with any memory of them. Now, years later, five elegant teens are making an entrance into New York high society with their beautiful governess. Each teen has a gift which they use to climb their way up, but power and greed come with dark consequences.

Although ANOTHER FAUST is a contemporary retelling of the Faustian tale, the reader does not need to have a background to the original story to enjoy this take. It might help to know the background, but I don't think it's necessary.

ANOTHER FAUST felt like a high brow upper class NY gossip novel - and I mean that in a good way!! There's mystery, intrigue, backstabbing, revenge - it's a fun read.

Each of the Faust siblings stand on their own, and while it took me awhile to get used to the jumping around from character to character, the story settles in and I was racing to finish.

Bice was the character I enjoyed the most - she had a good heart and was shy, so I think I could relate to her the easiest. But the other Faust children all had something that I think any reader could relate to - Victoria and her drive to succeed, Christian and his desire to win, Belle with her obsession with beauty, and Valentin's desire to be loved. Each character was well-developed and you get to know about each one and why they would go as far as to sell their souls.

Fans of urban fantasy or dark humor should give this one a try, as well as readers looking for a deeper "gossipy" read.

Reviewed by: Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen
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