SIGNAL by Cynthia DeFelice


Age Range: 9 - 12
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At the end of the school year, 12-year-old Owen McGuire and his father moved from Buffalo to the rural Finger Lakes region, so Owen’s spending the summer with only his dog Josie for a companion. Then he discovers Cam, a mysterious green-eyed girl, in an abandoned house in the woods. He only half believes her story of her extraterrestrial origins, but he helps her stay hidden from the Feds she says are looking for her and a frightening thug who’s asking questions. Owen agrees to help Cam build a signal to help her people find her, and since his father remains busy at work, Owen decides to accompany Cam when she leaves. When the truth is revealed both Owen and Cam find their futures looking brighter. Owen’s loneliness, his lingering feelings of loss over his dead mother and his relationship (or lack thereof) with his father are so realistically delineated that they anchor this otherwise slight mystery tale. Younger readers won’t see the too-pat finale coming, but more sophisticated readers will not be fooled. Worthy but not vital. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-374-39915-3
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2009


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