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The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman
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Aug 19, 11

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I found this book at a book sale and thought it sounded like a good story. Well, I was wrong. It is a GREAT story!

The plot hearkens back to the day when a young girl walks out of the woods and into a colonial New England town. She has the ability to call the birds to her (sparrows) and thus is given the last name of Sparrow. From her untimely death to the present each of her female descendents is given a special ability on her thirteenth birthday. Each one is unique and serves a different purpose.

This story centers around Stella who is six generations descended from Rebecca. Stella's unique ability is being able to see how a person will die. This reader followed with keen interest the blend of past and present in an attempt to turn what could be a tragic gift into one that serves a more noble purpose.

The characters in this book are well defined and memorable. The setting is pure Massachussets.

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