SOHO Teen Presents…Deviant by Helen FitzGerald
When 16-year-old Abigail’s mother dies in Scotland–leaving a faded photo, a weirdly cryptic letter, and a one-way ticket to America–she feels nothing. Why should she? Her mother gave her away when she was a baby, leaving her to grow up on an anti-nuclear commune and then in ugly foster homes. But the letter is a surprise in more ways than one: Her father is living in California. What’s more, Abigail discovers she has an eighteen-year-old sister, Becky. And the two are expecting Abigail to move in with them.
After struggling to overcome her natural suspicions of a note from beyond the grave (not to mention anything positive) Abigail grows close to her newfound sister. But then Becky is found dead, the accidental victim of an apparent drug overdose. As Abigail wrestles with her feelings and compiles a “Book of Remembrance” of her sister’s short life, she uncovers a horrifying global plot aimed at controlling teen behavior: one that took her sister’s and mother’s lives, with vast implications.
I’ve only read an excerpt of this one so far and my mind is already buzzing around the possibilities! First off, Abigail is a Scottish foster teen. And from the way she describes it, it pretty much resembles the crumbling foster system that I am used to working with with my foster home youth. She was abandoned as a baby and given to a woman to live with who was the only family that Abigail had ever known. At the age of nine, the woman tells Abigail she has cancer and within a week, she is dead, thrusting Abigail into the System.
Now, seven years later, Abigail finds out her birth mother has died and left her a large sum of money, a letter telling her her father is alive, and a ticket to Los Angeles. So many questions for a young girl who trusts no one…
I cannot wait to read the rest of this one!!!! I’m already on pins and needles wanting to know what will happen next!
Today is the last day to enter the SOHO Teen giveaway!!!! We will announce the winners on Monday! Good luck and have a great weekend!
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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