Whidbey Island may be only a ferry ride from Seattle, but it's a world apart. When Becca King arrives there, she doesn't suspect the island will become her home for the next four years. Put at risk by her ability to hear "whispers"--the thoughts of others--Becca is on the run from her stepfather, whose criminal activities she has discovered. Stranded and alone, Becca is soon befriended by Derric, a Ugandon orphan adopted by a local family; Seth, a kindhearted musician and high school dropout; Debbie, a recovering alcoholic who takes her in; and Diana, with whom Becca shares a mysterious psychic connection. This compelling coming-of-age story, the first of an ongoing sequence of books set on Whidbey Island, has elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance. Elizabeth George, bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley crime novels, brings her elegant style, intricate plotting, incisive characterization, and top-notch storytelling to her first book for teens.
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by Elizabeth George
by Jean Craighead George
by Beth Lewis
"In George's debut young-adult fiction, Amy McFadden portrays Becca, a teen who is on the run from her stepfather, a con man who used her psychic powers to extract money from the elderly. McFadden seamlessly combines paranormal events with the normal adolescent crises of a teen who finds herself on her own. Becca is befriended by Debbie, a recovering alcoholic, and Seth, a musician who is also on the fringes of society. Plagued by a learning disability and problems with his love life, Seth sounds whiny and too young for his 17 years, but McFadden skillfully portrays the troubled Becca and the voices that haunt her. McFadden also creates strong portraits of secondary characters such as Debbie's ebullient grandchildren. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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