Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Stacey Brown, a 16 year old Junior at Hillcrest Boarding School, is a hereditary Wiccan through her grandmother. Stacey wants to have a normal high school experience, but her junior year isn't easy. Not only does she have a crush on her best friend's boyfriend, she has a bigger secret, she has prophetic nightmares. Now she is having nightmares again, but this time they're about the death of her best friend and roommate, Drea. These nightmares cause her to wet the bed and this is extremely embarassing for her, and she tries to hide it from Drea. However, it is not the first time Stacey's had these prophetic nightmares. Three years ago, a girl she used to babysit, Maura, was murdered. Stacey had ignored her nightmares about the young girl's death and then Maura was killed, and now she is having those strange dreams again. One night Stacey, Drea and another friend Amber do a card reading in there dorm. To Stacey's horror Drea gets the card of death. However, she does not tell Drea that's what the card means. Then Drea begins to receive weird e-mails and freaky phone calls. Then to make things worse, someone starts to leave Drea white lilies, the same death lilies that have been showing up in Stacey's dreams. Another girl, Veronica, tells Stacey and Drea that she has been receiving the same emails and phone calls. Everyone just thinks its a game, but then Stacey finds Veronica dead in a classroom in the middle of the night. There are no witnesses, and no one has a perfect alibi. With everyone as a potential suspect, Stacey turns to the folk magic her grandmother taught her. As time is running out will Stacey be able to figure out Drea's stalker? You'll have to find out yourself =].
1). Do you believe in magic? Why do you feel this way?
2). What would you do if you could have stopped someones murder, but didn't?
3). What would you do if you were in Stacey's position?

11 comments:

Erika B 13-14 said...

2. If I could have stopped someone's murder but failed to do so, I would feel extremely guilty. How can you know someone may die and not atleast warn them? While Stacey may have had good intentions for not telling the girls that she had pulled the card of death for them, in the end that backfired.

3. If I were in Stacey's position, I would do everything in my power to protect Drea, since it's somewhat her fault all this is happening. She should try to talk to someone who is familiar with card readings and magic to figure out how to prevent Drea from being killed like Veronica was.

Leah A 5-6 said...

2. I agree with Erika I would feel guilty because I would have felt like I could have done something to help or could have at least warned them.

JessieW 11-12 said...

Erika I agree with you, I would feel extremely guilty also. I also don't understand why someone wouldn't of warned or at least tried to protect them. As for protecting my friend, it would be hard to keep the secrets from them. I mean you don't want to scare her more, but at the same time you don't want to act like there's nothing wrong. But no matter what I would do my best to make sure they weren't murdered.

JessieW 11-12 said...

Leah I also agree with you, I would try to protect them the best I can. We've had these conversations over this book before =)

McKenzieM 11-12 said...

2. I would feel so terrible if I knew about a murder and never stopped it. I dont think I could ever get rid of the guilt.

Kali D. 13-14 said...

2. I agree with everyone, i think if i could have stopped someones murder and didnt, i would feel guilty for the rest of my life. I dont think i would be able to recover from something like that.

Allie H 11-12 said...

Regarding question # 1, I do not believe in magic. I realize there are many magicians out there who are very convincing, but they all have certain tricks behind the magic. Also, I do not believe that people possess magical powers, like Stacey. I have never encountered anyone with magical powers, so I have no reason to believe that they exsist. Although I do enjoy movies like Harry Potter and books like this one, it is very hard for me to beleieve that magic is real.

KatherineS13-14 said...

1) I wouldn't say that I believe in magic in the context it is put in here. I believe that some things happen that cannot be explained, but I would not call it magic. I do not believe in people having magical powers or anything like that, although some people may have talents that seem like they do have some sort of powers.

Bojana D 11.12 said...

1. I don't think I believe in magic, but you never know. I feel like it's kind of like aliens; everyone has their own opinion and there's no evidence so no one's rea;;y right or wrong on this answer.

2. As everyone else said, I would feel very guilty. I probably wouldn't be able to live with myself after just letting it happen.

3. I would definatly try to do something to warn Drea or help her, especially if I ignored the dreams once before and they came true.

MaryL11-12 said...

Yes I believe in magic, but not like hocus pocus magic. I believe in medical miracles and whatnot, that kind of magic. Things that happen for no apparent reason. If I could have stopped someone's murder but didn't I'd feel really bad and probably do whatever I could to make up for it. If I were in Stacey's position, I'd probably keep my dreams to myself because everyone would think I was nuts, but I'd do everything I could to figure out who was sending those things and stop them before they murdered my friend.

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