OverviewIt was a gamble for Eleanor to rejoin humanity, but she was driven to it. She'd been too successful forgetting. The last vestiges of her family hung by a thread in her transformed brain and drove her to be reckless. Ten years later, Eleanor hides in plain sight. She is an average girl getting average grades in a small Wyoming town: poor but happy, lonely but loved. Her mother, Tabitha, is there for her and that's all she's ever needed. But now her mother is sick and David has returned. The only friend she'd ever had, the only other person who knows her secret, is back. And Eleanor again becomes reckless. Eleanor is a modest girl, unremarkable but extraordinary, young but old, malleable but fixed. She is scared and confused. She is a liar and a thief. Eleanor is not what she appears to be.
Reviews"Worthen deftly sketches a flawed and enthralling character in Eleanor. She's a complex mixture of vulnerable and dangerous . . . Readers will clamor for more of the lore surrounding her past [...] A riveting supernatural character study wrought with the pains of first love and the struggles of self-acceptance." —Kirkus Reviews
"A fast-paced paranormal story of love and family, remembrance and survival . . . Worthen's handling of the volatile issues of racism, societal inequalities, gossip mongering, peer pressure, bullying, death, and abandonment will provide readers with numerous opportunities for in-depth discussion." —Sabrina Carnesi, School Library Journal
"A riveting supernatural character study wrought with the pains of first love and the struggles of self-acceptance."—Kirkus Reviews
"Worthen has created a compelling and mysterious character and crafted an intriguing story for her that unfolds with a fierce, graceful elegance. I was captivated from page one. Bravo!" —Anne Hillerman, author, Spider Woman's Daughter
Author BiographyJohnny Worthen has a master's degree in American studies from the University of Utah and is the author of Beatrysel. He lives in Sandy, Utah.