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NO ANGEL by Helen Keeble


by Helen Keeble

Age Range: 12 - 18

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-208227-5
Publisher: HarperTeen

Keeble applies a heaping helping of wit to explore the question of what it’s like to be the answer to someone else’s prayers.

Raffi Angelos thought admission to St. Mary’s School for Girls and Boys was a dream come true—after all, it’s only just started admitting boys, so the girl-boy ratio is bound to be amazing. But he hadn’t counted on being the only male on campus. It isn’t long before he realizes his troubles are just beginning. There is something dramatically wrong at St. Mary’s, as well as with Raffi himself. The headmistress’s daughter, Faith, has been praying for help to rid the school of demons, and she just knows that Raffi is an angel in disguise. When he suddenly sprouts wings and a halo, he realizes there are things he’s never known about himself. But there’s more to being an angel than wings. Why has no one told him about the different types of angels—like that some of them have multiple sets of eyes orbiting their heads? Finding a balance between his normal life and his new paranormal talents, Raffi must fight off adoring middle graders, lecherous teachers and threatening demons—and save Faith from a fate worse than death. After all, Faith is his soul mate…isn’t she? The plot is tried and true, but Raffi’s likable voice, well-drawn characters and dead-on humor makes it good fun anyway.

An angel book with a sense of humor. (Paranormal humor. 12 & up)