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Final Exam Paperback – October, 1991

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Grade 6-8 --One of the better horror stories around. Teenaged Kelly, a highly likable character, is more adept at repairing cars than at taking final exams. Someone is stalking her--stealing the inside of her chemistry book or unscrewing the table where she's to take her English final--and she doesn't know why. The story line develops consistently, the mood of mystery is sustained throughout, and characterizations of both major and minor characters are well drawn. A book that will have even reluctant readers asking for more. --Alice Cronin, Mountainside Public Library, NJ
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590432915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590432917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,988,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Not only was this book heartwarming, but suspense-filled. The cover was a little weird though because the school on the cover says Columbine High, and I read this book 1 week after the Columbine tragedy. The events in the story were similar to the real events at Columbine. I read this book in 1 day because I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morikahjo on August 9, 2013
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I've tried about three times on different occasions to read this book. I always stop around the same place. The beginning is too boring, I don't really care about the characters. The main character tries very hard to be different. In the end, I just feel that if you are into these little YA horror/point horror-type books there are better options out there.
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By Donna C on August 30, 2015
Format: Paperback
While not scary FINAL EXAM turned out to be one of my favorite reads from this summer mainly because I liked the characters, especially Kelly since she’s a mechanic and, for the most part, actually makes some really sound decisions that I could get behind.

The set-up for the panic about final exams doesn’t make a whole ton of sense to me. In this story everyone’s seniors and for some reason their finals will affect college to a serious extent. When I was in school really nothing beyond junior year was counted toward your college transcripts. That’s why a lot of people took a far easier course load their senior year because they could just kind of scoot on by. So I really wasn’t on board with the exam panic because it didn’t make sense to me. Maybe they did things differently before my time and maybe it’s done differently now but to me it would have made more sense had Kelly been a junior to have that level of panic (not to mention that number of exams) about finals.

I really liked Kelly as a character. She stood on her own, did things her own way and wasn’t really too concerned about what others thought about her. She didn’t really have any antagonistic relationships beyond the one with her sister and people looked to her for car advice because she’d built a reputation for herself as a good mechanic. It all seemed so NORMAL. I don’t get that even now in YA, this very easy, basic school situation where it’s not total hell and someone’s just existing through it. She becomes suspicious when the popular boy takes an interest in her because she’s not his type (based on his cheerleader-chasing reputation) and that amplifies when bad things start happening to her because she doesn’t really know him. And the end . . . LOVED THE END when it came to their relationship.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on August 14, 2013
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Did anyone else notice that the school name on this book is Columbine High? I realize that this book was published in 1991, but that is a bit creepy.
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By GRIMWAR on June 6, 2014
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recommended good books to read in the dark or by
a open campfire or home alone in your house with the lights
turn off and a nightlight next your bed
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