Readers will need patience to untangle the plot’s silver threads, but those who savored Fowley-Doyle’s previous The Accident...

SPELLBOOK OF THE LOST AND FOUND

Everyone in a small Irish town loses something after the annual bonfire, but some losses matter more than others.

Teenager Olive loses a shoe, her jacket, a hair clip, and her cherished close relationship with Rose, her best friend. Hazel, 17, loses only her jacket, perhaps because she’s already lost so much—her mother to alcohol, her grandparents to death and dementia. She and her twin, Rowan, are camping rough in an abandoned housing development, trying to survive until they turn 18. Meanwhile, Laurel went to the bonfire only because someone had stolen her diary and those of her two best friends—the three cast a spell to get the pages back. Items disappear, then reappear as Olive, Hazel, and Laurel, all white, trade off the narrative—but one of the accounts is not what it seems. Fowley-Doyle’s lush, atmospheric storytelling contrasts brilliantly with her characters’ teenage normalcy—drinking, skiving, and cursing while mostly loving their parents and sticking up for one another.

Readers will need patience to untangle the plot’s silver threads, but those who savored Fowley-Doyle’s previous The Accident Season (2015) will relish this as well. (Fabulism. 13-adult)

Pub Date: Aug. 8, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-525-42949-4

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Kathy Dawson/Penguin

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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An immersive tale of brave, vulnerable teens facing threats both real and fantastic.

ALL OUR HIDDEN GIFTS

An Irish teen grapples with past misdeeds and newfound ties to magic.

When 16-year-old Maeve discovers a deck of tarot cards stashed with a mixtape of moody indie music from 1990, she starts giving readings for her classmates at her all-girls private school. Though her shame over dumping her strange friend Lily during an attempt to climb the social ladder at St. Bernadette’s is still palpable, it doesn’t stop her from trying to use the tarot in her favor to further this goal. However, after speaking harsh words to Lily during a reading, Maeve is horrified when her former friend later disappears. As she struggles to understand the forces at play within her, classmate Fiona proves to be just the friend Maeve needs. Detailed, interesting characters carry this contemporary story of competing energy and curses. Woven delicately throughout are chillingly eerie depictions of the Housekeeper, a figure who shows up on an extra card in the deck, echoing the White Lady legend from Irish folklore. Even more disturbing is an organization of young people led by a homophobic but charismatic figurehead intent on provoking backlash against Ireland’s recent civil rights victories. Most characters are White; Fiona is biracial, with a Filipina mother and White Irish father. Roe, Maeve’s love interest and Lily’s sibling, is a bisexual, genderqueer person who is a target for intolerance in their small city of Kilbeg.

An immersive tale of brave, vulnerable teens facing threats both real and fantastic. (Paranormal. 14-18)

Pub Date: June 8, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-5362-1394-2

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Walker US/Candlewick

Review Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2021

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Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises.

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THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

What would you do with one day left to live?

In an alternate present, a company named Death-Cast calls Deckers—people who will die within the coming day—to inform them of their impending deaths, though not how they will happen. The End Day call comes for two teenagers living in New York City: Puerto Rican Mateo and bisexual Cuban-American foster kid Rufus. Rufus needs company after a violent act puts cops on his tail and lands his friends in jail; Mateo wants someone to push him past his comfort zone after a lifetime of playing it safe. The two meet through Last Friend, an app that connects lonely Deckers (one of many ways in which Death-Cast influences social media). Mateo and Rufus set out to seize the day together in their final hours, during which their deepening friendship blossoms into something more. Present-tense chapters, short and time-stamped, primarily feature the protagonists’ distinctive first-person narrations. Fleeting third-person chapters give windows into the lives of other characters they encounter, underscoring how even a tiny action can change the course of someone else’s life. It’s another standout from Silvera (History Is All You Left Me, 2017, etc.), who here grapples gracefully with heavy questions about death and the meaning of a life well-lived.

Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises. (Speculative fiction. 13-adult).

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-06-245779-0

Page Count: 384

Publisher: HarperTeen

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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