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Utopia, Iowa

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Utopia, Iowa

By Brian Yansky

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763665333, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

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Description
Jack Bell has an unusual gift or curse, depending on your point of view. And he's not the only one. In Utopia, Iowa, anything can happen.
For the most part, aspiring screenwriter Jack Bell is just your typical Midwestern kid. He's got a crush on his hot best friend, Ash. He's coping with a sudden frostiness between his once crazy-in-love parents. He's debating where to go to college next year or whether to go at all. But then there's his gift (or curse): Jack can see dead people, just like the kid in "The" "Sixth Sense." Lately, the ghosts are more distracting than usual, demanding that Jack get to the bottom of their mysterious deaths all while avoiding the straitlaced Detective Bloodsmith, who doesn t believe in gifts or curses and can t help wondering why Jack keeps turning up at crime scenes. Is there a happily-ever-after in Jack's future, or is that only the stuff of movies?


About the Author
Brian Yansky is the author of "Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences "and its sequel, "Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments," as well as "Wonders of the World "and "My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World." He lives in Austin, Texas.
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