BANISHED by Sophie Littlefield


Age Range: 14 & up
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In this formulaic, not-even-barely credible supernatural thriller decorated with stock characters and tiresome chases, high-school sophomore Hailey Tarbell has lived her entire life as an outcast, along with her drug-dealing grandmother and her developmentally challenged foster brother, in small-town Gypsum, Mo. She wonders about her strange and newly discovered ability to heal injuries and the men watching her from their car with tinted windows until her long-lost aunt, Prairie, arrives and explains their mysterious background. Hailey and Prairie descend from a village of Irish Healers, who immigrated to the United States and became known as the Banished. A mad scientist, under the pretense of love, has been studying Prairie’s DNA, hoping to create his own Healers, which in turn can bring the near-dead back to “life” as an army of zombies, for sale to the highest-bidding government. With the help of Kaz, a Banished descendant from a splinter village in Poland, they rush to sabotage the scientist’s lab in Chicago. A weak ending with an irritating wait-a-minute-I-forgot-something moment leaves room for a sequel. (Paranormal. YA)

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-385-73852-1
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2010


ChildrenUNFORSAKEN by Sophie Littlefield
by Sophie Littlefield