By Hilari Bell
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547196206, 288pp.)
Publication Date: November 2010
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In the year 2098 America isn't so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, "secured" doesn't just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die. The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying. Kelsa has the power to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.
Hilari Bell is the author of many science fiction and fantasy novels for children and teens. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
"Plot drives this book from the start to the rousing climax and surprise resolution. Humor will engage readers' interest while the ever-increasing suspense will keep it."—Kirkus Reviews
"The ecological theme and the trendy device of investing a teen with superpowers will doubtless please the author's many fans."—Booklist
"Will sit especially well with readers who prefer their speculative fiction to be character-driven, and they'll appreciate the compelling exploration of the ways the hopeful can cope with uncertainty."—The Bulletin