OK, so today's spotlight book sounds creepy in a "it could totally happen to you" kind of way. DANCERGIRL (Harlequin Teen) is a mystery/thriller/romance that explores the scarier side of becoming famous in today's world. Here's the summary, from Goodreads:
The videos went viral...
EVER FEEL LIKE SOMEONE’S WATCHING YOU?
BUT LATELY IT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN MY ROOM.
WHEN I’M ALONE.
A friend posted a video of me dancing online, and now I’m no longer Alicia Ruffino. I’m dancergirl. And suddenly it’s like me against the world—everyone’s got opinions.
My admirers want more, the haters hate, my best friend Jacy—even he’s acting weird. And some stalker isn’t content to just watch anymore.
Ali. dancergirl. Whatever you know me as, however you’ve seen me online, I’ve trained my whole life to be the best dancer I can be. But if someone watching has their way, I could lose way more than just my love of dancing. I could lose my life.
Wow. Anybody who's ever had photos or videos of themselves up on the Internet has probably imagined something like this happening to them. And if they haven't, they probably should. This book sounds so good! I'm also interested because Carol M. Tanzman has a background in the arts. Her previous YA novel, The Shadow Place, was on ALA’s Quick Pick List of Recommended Books, the National Council of Teachers of English ALAN List of Best Books, and the California Collection for both Middle and Senior High Schools. Ms. Tanzman is an award-winning theatre director and nationally recognized arts educator!
DANCERGIRL is the first book in Tanzman's "Linked WiHi" series. The second book, CIRCLE OF SILENCE comes out in August of next year.