by Nancy Springer
Cover Artist: Tristan Elwell
Review by Gayle Surrette
Walker Books for Young Readers Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780802796493
Date: 02 October 2007 List Price $16.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Dusie was named for her Aunt, her mother's sister. That's no big deal until you turn thirteen and wake up with a head of snakes instead of hair. That's not quite the time you want your mother to confess she's a gorgon and well those sculptures she does, well, there's a reason they look so lifelike. It's no use to explain that the snakes are all non-poisonous because it doesn't change the fact that you've got snakes for hair -- and you can't go back to school because you "statued" the cute guy you have a crush on and it's all over the news. The only good news is no one saw you do it. Guilt. Weirdness. Anger. How are you supposed to act with a head full of snakes that talk to you? From official release/information:
Book Description: Dusie always knew puberty was going to be confusing, but she never realized it was going to be catastrophic—until she wakes up one morning to find that her hair has turned into a writhing mass of slithering snakes and discovers the real truth about her family: her mother is a Gorgon—right out of Greek mythology—and she was named after her mother's younger sister, Medusa. Her mother had hoped that Dusie's being half-mortal would protect her from inheriting the family curse.
Still reeling from this revelation, Dusie tries to keep her snakes under wraps. But after a boy she likes in school almost exposes her, she discovers another family secret—just one look from Dusie's snakes has the power to send someone right into his own personal Stone Age. Talk about "if looks could kill"!
Dusie better figure out how to control her snakes and her rage, and find a way to get her life back—before anything else disastrous happens.
(Source: Walker Books for Young Readers)