Book Highlight: Night School by CJ Daugherty

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Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested.

Again.

This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends.

But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.

When she’s attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.

And that she is not who she thought she was. 

FROM PRESS RELEASE:

The first time a British book series has been produced for an online audience

 

Britain is set to get its first ever web series based on a book, as Little Brown author CJ Daugherty prepares to release Night School the Web Series based on her bestselling YA novels.
 
Set to release on Friday 12th December and produced by Trailermade Films,Night School the Web Series tells the story of Allie Sheridan, a school girl at Cimmeria Academy, an exclusive British private school that hides a dark secret. At the heart of Cimmeria is Night School, a Bullingdon Club style secret society whose members are both destined to run the country and mentored by the world’s most powerful people. When Night School members become involved with a series of student murders, the secret society implodes and Cimmeria Academy becomes the scene of a civil war between teachers, students and Night School members. With no-one to trust and friends getting murdered all around her, Allie finds herself caught up in a love triangle between two of Night School’s most powerful members; Sylvan and Carter.
 
The brainchild of a husband-and-wife team: BAFTA-nominated Director Jack Jewers and author CJ Daugherty who penned the scripts, Night School the Web Series does not attempt to adapt the books on film, but instead presents six original stories set within the world of the books.  Night School the Web Serieswill be launched on the Night School YouTube channel which has already had 300,000 views and counting for its book trailers.
 
CJ Daugherty says Night School fans tell me the books feel REAL to them. I wanted to make the story even more alive. I am barraged with emails and messages every single day from fans asking for a TV series or film of Night School. This was a way to give them what they want and to be at the cutting edge of something brand new.
 
Jack Jewers Says YouTube now accounts for more than 50% of everything we watch. It’s the future and the present. This is the way we will all be watching television soon. America is already way ahead of us in transforming books into web series and I’m really excited that we get to be the first people to launch a web series based on a book in the UK.
 
Each webisode in Night School the Web Series is less than ten minutes long.  One webisode will be released each week, beginning 12 December and continuing through January. The webisodes use the same cast as the cult hit Night School book trailers and aim to unite action with the complex emotional and political issues inherent in the books.

 

The books and subsequent Web series tie-in beautifully with our Reading Theme of Social Media in YA as YouTube is bringing the books to a larger audience.

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