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Gr 7-10-This horror/suspense offering never really gets a full shiver going, even though McMann infuses her story with a 50-year-old wooden school desk and a menacing collective of tortured souls possessing it. Even when the desk-spirits seem to explain the bizarre disappearances of two of several high school students in the tiny Montana town of Cryer's Cross, the intended creep factor intended falls short. What doesn't fall short is the solid characterization of Kendall, a senior who tries to keep control of her OCD even after Nico, her best boy-friend since infancy, goes missing. Weird carved messages show up on the desk he was using before his disappearance, and Kendall thinks she hears his voice when she sits at it. Luckily, she has the distractions of soccer, a new boy from Arizona who slowly warms up to her, and her family's potato harvest to keep her from obsessing about Nico's loss and the eerie desk-until they just become too compelling. Then she, too, faces danger from the trapped entities that inhabit the desk. The mystery of why and how the desk is possessed and urging teenagers to harm themselves is given a quick and illogical gloss over when explained. Discerning readers are unlikely to suspend disbelief, but they may find character and setting help redeem the book.-Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Kendall is a senior in a one-room high school where last spring Tiffany, a freshman, disappeared. Now it is the start of a new year, and Kendall�s boyfriend, Nico�the only one who truly understood Kendall�s OCD� has gone missing, too. While compelled to straighten the desks before class one morning, Kendall discovers that Nico�s desk was also Tiffany�s desk. This seems like more than a coincidence, but Kendall is afraid that people will think she is crazy. The town�s dark past is a well-kept secret, and though she doesn�t want to admit it, Kendall will need the help of brooding newcomer Jacian if she is going to find Nico. Kendall is a unique character, and the details of her OCD compulsions are well drawn. Haunting passages from another world, which provide just enough detail to intrigue and disturb readers, are intertwined with Kendall�s story. Part mystery, part ghost story, and part romance, this book has enough to satisfy a variety of readers and will find popularity with McMann�s established fan base and new readers alike. Grades 8-12. --Shauna Yusko

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; First Edition edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994817
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi, I'm Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of fiction for children and young

My fantasy series for ages 9 and up is named after the first book: THE
UNWANTEDS. It's about a society where 13-year-olds are sorted into groups.
The strong and intelligent kids are Wanted and they get to go to university.
The creative and artistic kids are Unwanted and they are sent to their
deaths. Follow 13-year-old twins Aaron and Alex as they are forced down
opposite paths.

As of right now, there will be 7 books in The Unwanteds series:
Book 2, THE UNWANTEDS: Island of Silence and book 3, THE UNWANTEDS: Island
of Fire are out now.
Book 4, THE UNWANTEDS: Island of Legends releases September 2, 2014
Book 5, THE UNWANTEDS: Island of Shipwrecks releases February 3, 2015
Book 6, THE UNWANTEDS: Island of Graves releases September 15, 2015
Book 7 to come in spring 2016.

For older readers, I've also written the WAKE trilogy, about a
seventeen-year-old girl named Janie who gets sucked into other people's
dreams. I have two stand-alone young adult thrillers, CRYER'S CROSS and DEAD

Also, GASP, the final book in the VISIONS series,is now available. It follows CRASH (Book 1) and BANG (Book 2). Fans of WAKE will enjoy this trilogy!

I grew up in Michigan and now I live in Arizona with my husband, two
children, and three cats.

Have a question? Find me on Instagram @lisa_mcmann, Facebook or Twitter @lisa_mcmann.

Unwanteds fans should check out the dedicated website at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on March 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I adored Lisa McMann's first three novels, WAKE, FADE, and GONE, but had no idea what to expect of CRYER'S CROSS. The verse is absent, but there is still a certain cadence to the writing that identifies it as a McMann novel... It's entirely different from her first three, but no less impressive.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this novel is the main character's OCD and the role it plays. To my knowledge, there aren't very many YA books that deal with OCD and there definitely aren't any that handle it this particular way. Kendall's disorder is both a blessing and a curse and McMann sends this message in an entirely new, brilliant way.

CRYER'S CROSS has a sinister feel, but it's not so scary that it'll keep you up at night. Instead, it's more of a slow, steady buildup to the revelations at the end of the novel... When I reached that point, all I could say was 'Wow.' For me, the novel reached it's most intense near the very end, but it wouldn't have packed the same punch if not for the slow journey to that point.

I'll admit that I still favor McMann's trilogy over CRYER'S CROSS, but this novel proves that she's fully capable of doing something completely different and still blow readers away. I'll definitely be reading McMann's next novel, THE UNWANTEDS... I'm curious to see what she'll show readers next!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn E. Butcher on March 3, 2011
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Creepy and wonderful!!! I read this book because I loved Lisa McMann's previous novels (Wake, Fade, Gone); Cryer's Cross is even better!
Cryer's Cross, Montana, has only 212 residents; only 24 students attend the one-room high school. When sophomore Tiffany Quinn disappears near the end of May, everyone is terrified. Months pass; summer vacation is over and school resumes. Life doesn't exactly return to normal, but routine and the passage of time dulls the fear. Kendall Fletcher begins her senior year with the other five members of her class, all boys. She and her boyfriend, Nico, begin making plans for college. Two new students, grandchildren of one of Cryer's Cross's oldest residents, arrive. Marlena and Jacian are both soccer players, welcome additions to the tiny school team. Jacian is a fantastic player, but aloof and unfriendly, unhappy about leaving his city friends and spending his senior year in a tiny country school.
A few weeks into the school year, Nico begins acting strangely, distant and distracted. Kendall worries, but can't find out what is wrong. Then, the unthinkable happens, and Nico disappears. Despite an extensive search and national media coverage, no trace of him is found. Everyone becomes suspicious of everyone else; children are no longer allowed to go out alone. The co-ed soccer team is disbanded because with Nico's disappearance and an injury Marlena suffers while participating in the search for him, they are down to six players. Kendall suffers from OCD, a disability she counters with physical activity, so she is devastated when the coach makes the decision. Practicing with Jacian helps, and she spends more and more time with him. Attraction grows between them, and Kendall feels guilty that she could forget Nico so soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Whitmore VINE VOICE on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love Lisa McMann's Wake Trilogy so when I heard she written a new YA Paranormal, Cryer's Cross, I knew I had to get my hands on it!

I don't know what to think about Cryer's Cross. The story started off great with the disappearance of Tracy and then Nico (no spoiler. His disappearance is mentioned in the book summary). Kendall is trying to deal with her grief and OCD while trying to figure out what happened to Nico. She is suspicious of the new kid in town, Jacian. Jacian and his family moved to Cryer's Cross when Tiffany disappeared. The first thing that bothered me was Kendall's obsession with believing that Jacian had something to do with the disappearances. He'd given her no reason to believe that he was dangerous or violent. He had major attitude but other than that, I couldn't understand why she was so set on believing he was guilty even though the sheriff told her that Jacian was innocent. Once Kendall got over her preconceived notions of Jacian, Kendall and Jacian slowly became friends. They bonded over the love of soccer and Jacian was the only kid who noticed Kendall's secret, her OCD. Instead of pushing her away or making her feel ostracized, he was understanding. As their friendship grew, it started turning into something more.

Cryer's Cross is only 240 pages and the majority of those pages were dedicated to Kendall and her budding relationship with Jacian. This book is described as a Paranormal but the PNR aspects were greatly missing. What kept me reading was I wanted to find out what happened to these kids. When we finally got to what was causing the disappearances (where only 2 kids disappeared. I thought there'd be more) the big reveal was laughable and had scratching my head in confusion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori VINE VOICE on March 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just want to start off by saying Lisa McMann has still got it! I know that some people were just a tiny bit disappointed with Gone (that's probably because we didn't want the series to end!) but she proves in Cryer's Cross that she's more than just the Dreamcatcher series! Much more!

When I opened the book, I don't know what exactly I was expecting, but I was surprised to learn that this book is creepy! I'm not talking silly corny creepy. No, I mean, perfectly executed horror, creepy. I was sucked into the and by the last 30 pages I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat. It is definitely a MUST READ!

Kendell was very engaging as a main character. She was completely likable and her OCD added so much to the story! Her relationship with Jacian was fantastic. McMann is the master of writing these romances that sneak up on you. They may not seem like much but you find yourself falling madly in love with the relationship these two characters have.

Lisa adds the spookiness to the story by having these short paragraphs between chapters titled 'WE'. They definitely add a lot to the story and are especially creepy once you figure out what WE is doing.
Please don't let the fact that I called this horror turn you off to reading it. I would say this is horror for people who don't like horror. Lisa manages to capture the emotion of the characters, something that is often forgotten in horror. At it's heart, it's a book about friendship.

Please, please run out and get this book on February 8th!! You will have it read by February 9th and you just might sleep with the lights on.
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