Rites of Passage
By: Joy Hensley
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Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave
her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting
push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle
course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who
don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But
dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter
how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they
will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every
corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and
active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.
Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could
have deadly consequences.
"I fell hard for this book. Rites of Passage is a powerful YA debut!"
~ Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits
"Hensley navigates the bonds of family, patriarchal military traditions, and the meaning of courage in a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Throw in just the right amount of swoon and RITES OF PASSAGE is impossible to put down."
~Trish Doller, author of Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine