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Dream Life

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Dream Life

Dream Series, Book 2
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Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are...
Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are...
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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
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  • Reading Level:
    7 - 12

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  • Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are getting harder to keep. Her biggest secret of all? The onyx and ivory cameo necklace her grandmother gave her for her 15th birthday. Ever since she started wearing it, her dreams have been coming to her in black and white and turning out to be oddly prophetic.

    Becca's been hanging out with her old prep school friends and never seems to have time for Claire anymore. And soon, Claire discovers why--there's a secret group of society girls with a mysterious identity. And, turns out, a mysterious enemy who's out to get them. The second she sniffs out trouble, Claire jumps on the case. But is it someone close to Claire who's in danger again--or could it be Claire herself whose life is at stake?

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  • Chapter One Forty minutes later, I was sprinting along the other end of Broadway, determined to reach Becca and her not-so-mysterious companion before they finished dinner and went home without me. Without slowing down, I triple-wrapped my burgundy chenille scarf around my neck. If my crazy dreams were about to send me on another life-consuming investigation, I should probably do whatever I could to avoid coming down with strep throat.

    I picked up speed when I saw the sign for West 109th Street and made a sharp right at the corner. A posse of wannabe tough guys was leaning against the side of a building, smoking cigarettes and waiting for the night to start.

    "Damn!" one of them called after me, stretching the word into two syllables. "Shorty be in a hurry!"

    I used to hate it when random guys called me Shorty. It wasn't exactly like I needed reminding of my Smurf-like physique. But now that Andy had begun using the term for me, it seemed endearing, and I smiled inwardly.

    I'd take whatever I could get. In the month since Andy and I had started seeing each other, we hadn't actually seen that much of each other at all. Last semester had been a wild goose chase that eventually turned out to have a point to it. Somehow I'd tracked down the person whose job it was to bring down the Shuttleworth family plane--and the Shuttleworth family. At the end of the big whodunit, Andy and I had shared an amazing kiss in Riverside Park, but then he pulled back a little. My grandmother Kiki had promised me that taking things slow was perfectly normal--after all, Andy needed a little time to digest the fact that the key accomplice had been none other than his girlfriend Rye.

    And, to be honest, I needed some time to come down from the whirlwind too. In the three months since Kiki had given me my magic black-and-white cameo necklace, my lifelong habit of seeing weird, random visions in my head had transformed into something much weirder. Now that I was wearing the necklace, I was having black-and-white dreams that actually led me somewhere. As long as I could figure out what the clues in my dreams were trying to tell me--no easy task, not by a long shot--I could be useful. Finally.

    That Thanksgiving vacation, right after I'd proven that Rye was dangerous, was the happiest I'd ever been. And so it was disappointing that the crazy black-and-white dreams and bouts of next-day exhaustion had pretty much stopped. In the past six weeks, I'd had only a couple of weird dreams, and half-baked ones at that--more like images than actual scenes. Only Kiki and I knew about the necklace's powers. She'd figured my recent dreams, which were less action-packed than the ones I was having before, were just brain twitches and I should be grateful. "If you don't take a brief respite from the Lady Inspector shenanigans, you'll run yourself ragged," she'd said. But I begged to differ. It seemed unfair to have to let go of something that I was just starting to get good at. Or rather, I was happy to run myself ragged if it meant more fun.

    Ludo's Supper Club was so trendy I almost walked by it. Old New York to the core, Becca tends to pick restaurants that have been in business since the American Revolution. As for this place, it was so new I could practically smell the construction fumes. The sidewalk spillover included a bullfrog of a bouncer and a reality television crew to document the beautiful people shivering on line. It was so not Becca, but it was also the only Ludo's in sight. I rose to my tiptoes and peered into the window.

    "Looking for something?" Andy was standing in the shadows of the doorway. He was staring at me like I was something beautiful and I felt a kick in the...

About the Author-
  • Lauren Mechling is the coauthor of all three 10th-Grade Social Climber books. She has written for the New York Times, Marie Claire, and Seventeen. She lives and writes in New York City. You can visit her at www.laurenmechling.com.

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