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Stranger
by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith


Overview - Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change, arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change, arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. "Las Anclas" now resembles a Wild West frontier town where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed.
Teenage prospector Ross Juarez s best find ever an ancient book he doesn t know how to read nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780670014804
  • ISBN-10: 067001480X
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 416
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Told in alternating third-person narratives by teenage citizens of Las Anclas (a desolate future Los Angeles), this dystopian novel follows a town’s attempts to survive after a solar storm ravaged the world and mutated some of its inhabitants. The setting is both bizarre (deadly “singing” trees can kill humans) and familiar—the story has a “wild west” atmosphere as the town battles the elements and invaders with only basic weaponry. When Ross Juarez, a wandering prospector, shows up at the town’s gates half-dead and clearly hiding something, his arrival deepens the growing animosity between the Norms and the Changed. Soon, Ross has the attention of two of Las Anclas’s most eligible bachelorettes, the suspicions of the town’s leaders, and the eye of a bounty hunter who has been paid to capture him. The story’s characters and their tightly woven relationships are well developed, and Brown (All the Fishes Came Home to Roost) and Smith (The Spy Princess) provide plenty of narrative diversity, making each character’s entry feel fresh, distinctive, and unexpected. The buildup to the action-packed ending does not disappoint. Ages 14–up. (Nov.)

 
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