Great book with appeal for lots of different reader groups. It reads mostly like a mystery or adventure story with a supernatural fantasy element. Pro...moreGreat book with appeal for lots of different reader groups. It reads mostly like a mystery or adventure story with a supernatural fantasy element. Prot. meets a group of kids who each have a special power. They believe they will lose their powers at age 13, but they become determined to try to figure out why this happens and keep it from happening again. This leads them to study the history of their town and learn the origin of the powers, but their search is not without danger!
I'm so excited this made it onto the 2012 Children's Choice list because it definitely has a lot of kid appeal factors.(less)
This amazing book combines elements of magic and mystery, the realities of life and death, and the consequences of choices along with complex characte...moreThis amazing book combines elements of magic and mystery, the realities of life and death, and the consequences of choices along with complex characters, plot twists, and a rich setting to tell an unforgettable tale.
After Evie's mom dies, her dad decides he wants a fresh start, so he buys an orchard in New York and they move. It's a great idea since her dad loves trees, but the locals all believe the orchard is cursed. Evie doesn't believe in curses or fairy tales anymore ... but she has a hard time explaining the pale, cold-handed boy who shows up one day, looking exactly like the 10-year-old boy whose funeral she witnessed on her way into town. Maggie, the sister of the man who owned their house and orchard, tells Evie some stories about her father finding the original Garden of Eden, and now Evie doesn't know what to think.
I picked this up to review as a possible Battle book since many of our patrons enjoy reading scary books, and I was so impressed with it, as a scary book and as a simply beautiful book that tells the deep truths of life. I would recommend it to readers aged 3rd grade and up who like suspense, and also readers who like books like Madeleine L'Engle's books, which recognize the reality that there is more to this world than we can see with our eyes. Highly recommended.(less)