Katzenjammer

by Francesca Zappia

On Sale: 06/28/2022

Katzenjammer

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Katzenjammer

by Francesca Zappia

On Sale: 06/28/2022

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About the Book

American Horror Story meets the dark comedy of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis as Cat searches for a way to escape her high school. A tale of family, love, tragedy, and masks—the ones others make for us, and the ones we make for ourselves. Katzenjammer will haunt fans of Chelsea Pitcher’s This Lie Will Kill You and E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars.

Cat lives in her high school. She never leaves, and for a long time her school has provided her with everything she needs. But now things are changing. The hallways contract and expand along with the school’s breathing, and the showers in the bathroom run a bloody red. Cat’s best friend is slowly turning into cardboard, and instead of a face, Cat has a cat mask made of her own hardened flesh.

Cat doesn’t remember why she is trapped in her school or why half of them—Cat included—are slowly transforming. Escaping has always been the one impossibility in her school’s upside-down world. But to save herself from the eventual self-destruction all the students face, Cat must find the way out. And to do that, she’ll have to remember what put her there in the first place.

Using chapters alternating between the past and the present, acclaimed author Francesca Zappia weaves a spine-tingling, suspenseful, and haunting story about tragedy and the power of memories. Fans of Marieke Nijkamp’s This Is Where It Ends and Karen McManus’s One of Us Is Lying will lose themselves in the pages of this novel—or maybe in the treacherous hallways of the school. 

Includes interior illustrations from the author.

Critical Praise

“Cat is trapped in School: How she got there, how long she has been there, and what is happening, and why are lost to her . . . School is a nightmare world where the violence of words is made manifest in torn flesh and where students othered in the real world find no respite. . . . While interspersed chapters of flashback memories provide some respite, there is ultimately no relief from the psychological and physical violence that permeates both the real world and nightmare conceptions of School.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063161658
  • ISBN 10: 0063161656
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • On Sale: 06/28/2022
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Loners & Outcasts
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Horror
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural

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