Dickensen Academy

Dickensen Academy

Book - 2018 | First Mainstream Fantasy Rose edition
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Dickensen Academy isn't a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there. Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs. When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school's secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?
Publisher: Adams Basin, NY : Wild Rose Press, Inc., Mainstream Fantasy Rose, 2018
Edition: First Mainstream Fantasy Rose edition
ISBN: 9781509221233 (paperback)
1509221239 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: Y GRABOWSKI
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 21 cm

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christinegrabowski
Oct 29, 2018

The audio version of Dickensen Academy is in the works.

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Rtrryan
Oct 05, 2018

There are so many things that I enjoyed about Christine Grabowski's first book, Dickensen Academy. It is a wonderfully written book that takes place in the mountains of the northwest. You are taken on the journey of Autumn's first year at a mysterious boarding school. It shows the deep relationships she has with friends at school, family and how each of those change. Each time I put the book down I was left wanting to come back and read more! It is a refreshing, clean read that would be great for tweens and teens. I enjoyed it as an adult as well! At the conclusion, I was left wanting to hear more and learn about what happens in the rest of Autumn's high school years. I'm looking forward to reading more of Christine Grabowski's books!

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edrubenstein
Oct 03, 2018

I thought that Dickensen Academy was an exciting book that would have you relating to each page, and clinging to each word. I would recommend this book to anyone above 6th grade. The themes that you can relate to are hard parents, accidents, and school. This book is one of my favorites for many reasons. You will be rooting for Autumn throughout the book. One last thing: Don't read it unless you have a few hours because you are not going to put it down.

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theresalane
Sep 26, 2018

Though this book is written for teen girls it was a pleasure to read it as an adult. It was fun to be transported into the unpredictable world of Autumn Mattison’s new life at Dickensen Academy. Reading from the view point of Autumn really let me feel what she was going through in all the ups and downs she experienced in her first year at the school and had me on the edge of my seat many times. I can see teen girls really relating to and enjoying this book.

Dickensen Academy has a magical and Harry Potter like feel. I am impressed by the author’s imagination and very clever theme. The story goes in so many interesting directions and would make a great fantasy type movie.

I can easily see this storyline being a series of books and hope the author writes more to continue the adventures of Autumn Mattison and her friends to see what transpires in the rest of their years at Dickensen Academy.

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salarsen
Sep 24, 2018

I really enjoyed this book which kept me roped in from the first page, although it probably will be best loved by my teenage daughter. This well written story follows Autumn Mattison as she enters a private boarding school in the mountains near Seattle and her experience as she uncovers the school’s secrets. It captures all the angst of going to a new high school, not knowing any one, and handling a variety of new experiences, and rules. Living in Seattle, it’s also fun to have places and local experiences described in great detail, such as their ski trips to Stevens Pass. It’s a quick fun read, and ends leaving you hoping that it is the start of a series and another is soon to follow.

This is a young adult, coming of age fantasy set in Seattle and a secluded location in the Cascade Mountains. It is written by Christine Grabowski, a local author. You can watch the Book Trailer under the "More" tab.

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Skindra
Sep 22, 2018

I am always looking for great books for my teen daughter and when I started the reading the first paragraphs of Dickensen Academy I was hooked. It is sometimes hard to understand my teen’s mind and reading about the experiences of the main character, Autumn , was great insight into teen challenges. It was fun getting immersed in Autumn’s new life at a new school through her eyes as the book takes you through interesting twists. Dickensen Academy is a true fantasy with some elements of realistic fiction about a young girl and the challenges she faces starting at a new very “unique” school. It really stretches your imagination and its setting is in the beautiful Evergreen state. The author Christine Grabowski does a great job making you feel like you are truly in the Pacific Northwest.
This is a fantasy story that will take you through a teen’s thoughts about her relationship with her family, friends, teachers, boys, and of most importantly herself. As the book progresses you can really feel the maturity of Autumn’s character evolve.

The unforeseen events, twists, and unconventional school life makes Dickensen Academy a page turner. Every young adult can relate to this story and will find themselves rooting for Autumn as her character, and the characters built around her, are so believable and wonderfully appealing.

I highly recommend this book to parents looking for a great book to add to their tween or teens reading list!

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lisavold
Sep 19, 2018

I read this book as an adult and loved it, but I also will get it for my two nieces who are 11 and 14 and I think they will both love it. It is perfect for teen/tween because it has mystery but isn't graphically violent. I loved so many things about it, particularly the setting in the dark woods of the northwest and the school which is hiding some secrets. I really enjoyed the main character Autumn and her budding romance with her friend Ben. And my favorite part was the secret that eventually the freshmen students learn about that is going on at the new school they have been recruited to. Another thing I enjoyed about this book is how many directions future books could go, because I could even imagine Autumn as a teacher down the road at this school. For a book for teens, I loved the way each chapter ended with a pull to want you read the next chapter. I think this is a book many ages could read, and you could also feel very safe having your tweens/teens read it. I can't wait to purchase my nieces their copies and then have a little "book club review" with them! And I am looking forward to more books from this author.

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Lorikell
Sep 17, 2018

This book gave me chills from the start. Autumn is selected to attend a unique, invitation-only boarding high school in a remote area of Washington State. When she arrives, she and the other freshmen have no idea that the school has a secret curriculum of dream-creating and conveying. Christine describes dream-making in a way that makes it seem like a real possibility. The book's protagonist, Autumn, deals with typical teenage issues such as boys, friends and homework and is a very likable and relatable character who has some misgivings about her abilities. I found myself rooting for her in her successes and empathizing with her struggles as Autumn unravels the mysteries of her school. I really hope there is a second book; it left me wanting more and I'd love to see this story continue.

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bbutt
Sep 15, 2018

Great story! Great writing!
In a unique private high school in the Pacific Northwest, Autumn is an incoming freshman. Leaving home and away from her family (including her hovering dad), Autumn is nervous. Will she be able to make friends? And why does the school seem so familiar? Autumn is so genuine! She’s anxious and frustrated at times, but she is also strong and insightful.
This book immediately pulled me in. The characters soon felt like old friends with whom I felt comfortable. The characters are well-developed, deep and filled with energy and life.
This book is the perfect mix of self-discovery, romance and action. The writing is superb. The romance is tender, the plot original and the book fast-paced. Surprises in one chapter lead quickly to the next event which unfolds in ways that captured my interest and drew me on.
A terrific book!

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Sep 06, 2018

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This secluded high school may be her dream come true...or her worst nightmare.

Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?

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christinegrabowski
Sep 06, 2018

Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.

Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.

When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?

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christinegrabowski
Sep 22, 2018

"If you work hard, your dreams may become your reality."

"If you work hard, your dreams will become your reality."

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