New York City, 1926: Evie uses her secret supernatural gift to help investigate a series of murders. She uncovers an awakening evil that threatens all mankind. Author’s note.
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JLG Release: Jan 2013
Awards & Honors
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2012, Fiction; SLJ Best Children’s Books 2012, Fiction; Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2012; 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, Nominee; Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2012 Teen Books; YALSA 2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults; Booklist 2013 Top 10 Books for Youth, Historical Fiction; Booklist 2013 Top 10 Books for Youth, SF/Fantasy
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
School Library Journal
Set in 1920s New York City, this literary tour-de-force from Printz Award-winner Bray offers grand themes, complex characters, and suspense. After her secret gift for divining information from objects lands her in trouble, 17-year-old Evangeline O’Neill is sent from Ohio to live with her uncle, who runs a museum s [STARRED REVIEW]
Set in 1920s New York City, this literary tour-de-force from Printz Award-winner Bray offers grand themes, complex characters, and suspense. After her secret gift for divining information from objects lands her in trouble, 17-year-old Evangeline O’Neill is sent from Ohio to live with her uncle, who runs a museum specializing in folklore and the occult in Manhattan. Evie is a quintessential flapper: not really bad, but rebellious and yearning to fly free of her Babbitt-like existence. Although she starts out her new life like the party girl she was back home, her pursuits become more serious when her uncle is asked to help solve a series of strange murders. She crosses paths with Memphis Campbell, a black numbers runner in Harlem, whose power to heal by laying on hands failed him when he tried to save his mother. Other characters include a homosexual composer who meets people in dreams, a Ziegfeld girl with a past, a pickpocket searching for his family, and a young research assistant with his own secrets. Bray develops each of these characters and their gifts, gradually bringing them together in a chilling and thrilling battle with Naughty John, a paranormal serial killer. Over the course of the novel, people (mainly good) smoke, drink, and use other illegal substances. These peccadilloes are contrasted with the values of the hellfire-and-brimstone cult that spawned Naughty John. The compelling and dramatic supernatural plot explores self-actualization, predestination, the secrets everyone hides, and, of course, good versus evil. An absolutely terrific read and, thankfully, the first in a planned series.—Nina Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME
6" x 9"
Level 4.8; Points: 23;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.5; Points: 35;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Illustrations/Images: Blood/Gore, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
Psychic ability, Occultism, Murder, The 1920s, New York City,