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6 OF THE BEST NOVELS FEATURING EVIL KIDS

There are lots of examples of horrible children in novels, but these are six books I particularly like. If rotten kids are a thing you like to read about, you’ll want to pick them up soon. But be warned, no one—and nothing—is safe from them.

1.THE OTHER BY THOMAS TRYON

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Holland and Niles Perry are identical 13-year-old twins. Niles is the good twin and Holland is the evil twin. Really, really evil. They’re spending the summer with family after the death of their father, who died a gruesome death. (Three guesses as to who was involved.) Niles loves his brother, but he wants him to behave. Will they—or anyone else—survive the summer?

2.THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA BY YUKIO MISHIMA, JOHN NATHAN (TRANSLATOR)

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Thirteen-year-old Noboru is part of a gang of kids who resent adult authority, and the concept of adulthood. But he is pleased when a local sailor, Ryuji, starts to woo his widow mother. However, when Ryuji gives up his independent life on the sea for love, he invokes Noboru’s ire. Which is REALLY not good, because Noboru is an evil little monster. (Just ask the poor kitten.)

3.SHARP OBJECTSBY GILLIAN FLYNN

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Reporter Camille Preaker returns to her suffocating small hometown to cover a series of murders. She stays with her awful mother and her teenage half-sister, Amma, who turns out to be the town’s queen bee. Amma lords over the other girls with a vicious streak a mile long, and torments the boys, yet manages to sweet talk her and Camille’s mother into thinking she’s a perfect little angel.

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