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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (December 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786838566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786838561
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarzis the author ofBleed, as well as the highly popular young adult novelsBlue Is for Nightmares,White Is for Magic,Silver Is for Secrets, andRed Is for Remembrance. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at

More About the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz (Massachusetts) has a great interest in young adult culture, and admires young adults for their passion, energy, and creativity. Blue is for Nightmares is the product of her desire to write a novel that would have appealed to herself at that age, namely one that has a blending of suspense, romance, and the art of keeping secrets.
Stolarz has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Young Adult Literature and a graduate certificate in Screenwriting, both from Emerson College in Boston. She currently teaches writing and is a member of the SCBWI as well as several professional writing groups. She has also written and edited numerous middle school and high schools texts.

Customer Reviews

It was very suspenseful and terrifying.
Kim B. Davant
The characters, though are all different, are one dimensional, stereotypical and all had the same narrative voice.
Megan Nicole [Books i View]
The book is a quick, easy read with just enough depth and mystery to keep me turning the pages.
Mel Odom

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on February 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Derik is an underachiever with a reputation for breaking hearts. High school is almost over, and he wants to achieve something before being roped into his family's business after graduation. Deciding to make a film about the abandoned mental institution on the hill, he assembles a group of classmates to join him on an overnight stay. Liza is an overachiever looking to beef up her resume. Mimi is an odd girl who only wears black. Chet is the class clown. Greta and Tony are theater geeks.

Not knowing what to expect of the hospital, or each other, the characters get sucked into a mystery involving one of the former inmates and the number 17. Their night in the hospital becomes a sort of spooky scavenger hunt as they piece together the fragments of a shattered life that ended at the hospital years ago. Trying to assuage the spirits of the place while facing down their own demons, these six teens will emerge from their night at the hospital changed forever.

Danvers State Hospital, where the book is set, is a real place located in Danvers, MA. Built in 1878, the hospital was operational for over 100 years until its closure in 1992. Since then, most of the hospital structures have been torn down to make way for residential redevelopment. The unusual architecture of the building, a central structure with wings radiating out on each side "like the wings of a bat," was built according to the plans of psychiatrist Thomas Story Kirkbridge. The staggered wings, a diagram of which Laurie Faria Stolarz includes in her book, were intended to give patients access to light and air. The design was meant to be curative, but like many of the other treatments practiced at Danvers State Hospital --- including the trans-orbital lobotomy --- it has become widely regarded as a monstrosity.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Louis Baumgart on January 10, 2010
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I have a number of Stolarz' novels around here someplace, but have never got around to reading them, but, while browsing on Amazon I saw that she had a new novel out, and while looking at its product description I thought that it looked very interesting, and I made a rare impulse buy. As I liked haunted house stories, I looked forward to receiving and reading it. I was to be disappointed however, that this novel is published by a Disney subsidiary should have been a clue, one that I blithely ignored to my regret.

"Project 17" starts out with trying-to-reform loser Derik seeing that making a short film for a local news program might be his one shot at getting out of what he sees as a dead-end future of working for and being a future owner of his parents family style restaurant. His idea for his short film is to do some sort reality based project, based on the soon to be demolished Danvers State Hospital, a sanitarium high atop Hawthorne Hill, which has been long rumored to be haunted, and once was the home of the state's sadistically treated inmates, many of whom died while suffering through their cruel and inhuman psychiatric treatments. Derik plans on using some of his freelance commercial filmmaker Uncle's film equipment, and five of his fellow high school acquaintances, deliberately freezing out his friends whom he fears wouldn't take his project seriously, to make his film.

To do this Derik and his crew/actors have to sneak into the sanitarium at night while avoiding the guards. "Project 17" then begins to ping-pong between six separate characters; Derik the desperate filmmaker, Mimi the goth girl, Greta the ambitious wannabee actress, Tony, her boyfriend, Liza, the overachiever hoping to pad her résumé, and Chet, class clown and abused child.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura and Courtney Belanger on January 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This Author has once again outdone herself. Project 17 is an amazing book that doesnt suffer from the boring Cliche of many supernatural movies that share the same theme.
The story starts out with the character of Derik, a teen with a reputation as a heartbreaker, who is intrigued by the old saniterium in his town. Its rumors to be haunted prompt him to spend one night in the place before it gets town down. His hopes are to win a video contest so that he might persue a career in video instead of being stuck to his parents resturant. With the help of some classmates, the six teens sneak in one night armed with a video camera and the dream of catching a ghost on film. Little do they know what they are dealing with
I loved this story for one main reason. And that is the fact that its not full of sex and gore like most of these stories. All these kids are basically good and dont go in on a dare or for a party. They go simply to make a film. Theres no gore either, its more of suspense, knowing theres a ghost and seeing it lead up to all the ghostly encounters. This book has exceeded all my expectations and everyone who likes the paranormal and a little romance should read this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
Haunted house stories? I love `em. I think every kid grew up in some town where a house or a building was supposed to be haunted. You just don't quite have a childhood without the spooky stuff. Even when we're grown, we tend to have an affinity for all things supernatural. Perhaps most people like the occasions they're entertained by "scary" stories to be more sophisticated. But it's always the willingness to believe in the macabre that influences the readers/watchers.

Laurie Faria Stolarz's novel for young adults, Project 17, is a mixed bag. I enjoyed it, but I struggled with it at the same time. I kept getting jarred throughout the book.

To begin with, the cover and the back copy lead the reader to believe this is going to be one of those absolutely terrifying reads that will keep you nailed to the chair (with the light on) till you turn the last page. And maybe still be afraid to go into the dark or tiptoe quietly off to bed. Although there are some genuinely creepy parts of the book that slid a little too uncomfortably under the skin, the read wasn't quite horrifying or gripping because of suspense. I liked the characters and their problems well enough to keep reading just for that alone. Which is, I know, a backhanded compliment.

As noted, the characters in the book are compelling enough. They run the gamut of teen problems: the too-perfect child that really doesn't know herself, the kid who has the abusive alcoholic for a parent, the kid who has everything in high school but is going to be totally lost in the real world, the Goth girl who does everything she can to freak everyone else out, and the young couple so into each other and themselves that they can't see anyone else.
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