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The Light Fantastic
by Sarah Combs


Overview - Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything.
Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan's eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April's rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month.
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Overview
Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything.
Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan's eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April's rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. And just what was that mysterious gathering under the bleachers about? Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class's interest, but she can't keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassins' machinations? The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers on the brink--and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763678517
  • ISBN-10: 0763678511
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, another crisis is brewing. Someone known as “the Mastermind” is using an online forum to lure students into becoming assassins. Meanwhile, potential victims carry on with business, regretting mistakes and pondering life, unaware of how their past and present actions could make them targets. In a psychologically taut novel structured in short vignettes that alternate among multiple viewpoints, Combs (Breakfast Served Anytime) delves into the thoughts of could-be killers and their prey to show unique frailties, as well as a common yearning for happiness. Cursed with a near-perfect memory for dates, April only wants to forget the tragedies marking the days of her birthday month. Miles away, April’s childhood friend Lincoln is trying to figure out the mystery of a girl he’s attracted to. Another girl, Phoebe, has trouble finding joy and connection to loved ones after a crushing humiliation. Although readers may feel the author’s hand controlling the characters and plot too heavily at times, the narrative voices are genuine and moving. Unexpected moments of tenderness and salvation cast a shining light into the dark realities presented. Ages 12–up. Agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Literary. (Sept.)

 
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