'Dreaming of Amelia is the story of Amelia and Riley. They're bad kids from the bad crowd at bad Brookfield High, and they've just transferred to Ashbury. Brilliant, mysterious and probably evil, they have the rich kids at Ashbury spellbound. But just who are Amelia and Riley? Tantalisingly aloof, they are somehow managing to have an extraordinary impact on all the HSC Ashbury students, and the staff.
Told through memoirs written as part of the gothic fiction elective in the HSC English exam, Dreaming of Amelia is a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femme fatales - and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realise that the future's come to get you.'
Note: This work represented differently by its American publisher (Arthur A. Levine Books imprint 2010):
'This is the story of Amelia and Riley, bad kids from bad Brookfield High who have been transferred to Ashbury High for their final year. They've been in love since they were fourteen, they go out dancing every night and sleep through school all day. And Ashbury can't get enough of them. Everyone wants to be cooler, tougher, funnier, hoping to be invited into their self-contained world.
'But strange things are happening at Ashbury this year. Emily Thompson is certain that a ghost is haunting the Art Rooms. Lydie Jaackson-Oberman's parents have left for Tuscany and there are nonstop parties at her house. Toby Mazzerati has taken an unusually strong interest in local history. And the new kids are hiding a secret that no one could have expected, and that could ruin more than just senior year.
'Jaclyn Moriarty returns to Ashbury High for a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femmes fatales, and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realize that the future's come to get you.' (From Arthur A. Levine Books website.)