"Delaware: The morning of April 19. It's Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan is turning eighteen. Even as she celebrates with her best friends, Gavin and Gina, April is preoccupied by an eerie sense of unease. Just four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April's rare supercharged memory has her recounting the many tragedies to have befallen the world in the month of April-the cruelest month, after all. And what about that mysterious gathering under the bleachers? Did Gavin see what he thought he was seeing? Nebraska: Lincoln Evans is struggling to pay attention in Honors English, but the enigmatic Laura Echols, sitting directly in front of him, has a secret only Lincoln knows. Ms. Heslip tries to hold her class's attention, but even she can't help wondering what's going on with her students-particularly after what Adrian George whispered to her the day before. Idaho: Phube Ringling is having second thoughts about the Plan. It's only a matter of time until the Mastermind's cross-country ploy, strategized for months via an anonymous Internet forum, will finally start to unfold. Are the Assassins' goals worth the price she's paying in heartache? With tightly interwoven narratives told over the course of one unforgettable slice of time, The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers balanced on the brink-and the hope of moving from the darkness of shame and isolation into the light of redemption."
by Sarah Dessen
by Sarah Weeks
by Sarah Dooley
"Narrators Lauren Ezzo and Todd Haberkorn create an intense audio experience, requiring the listener's undivided attention. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, from Delaware to California, in a three-hour timespan, something ominous is brewing. Ezzo and Haberkorn enter the minds of seven people--from April Donovan to the Mastermind to members of The Forum--as they contemplate the consequences of what they're setting in motion. We're immersed in their thoughts, feeling their anger, fear, confusion, shame, and hope. We hear their panic as the hour draws near and doubts begin to chip away at their commitment to the plan. Using pacing, tone, and inflection, the narrators give characters unique voices that let the listener keep them straight and know them as individuals. N.E.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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