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The Blue Girl

by Charles deLint

Published by Viking, 2004
368 pages
ISBN: 0-670-05924-2

Ages 13 - 16

When Imogene moves to a new town, she decides to leave her tough gang-member image behind. She keeps the look, with her punk hair, tattoos, and thrift store attire, but follows the lead of her new friend Maxine by attending high school regularly and even studying for exams. The popular cheerleader clique and their football player cohort try to bully Imogene into conforming, but she defuses their small-minded tactics. Life is smooth sailing, until Pelly, Imogene’s imaginary childhood friend, appears as a living, decidedly inhuman, being. On top of that, the geeky boy who’s been following Imogene around school turns out to be a ghost. The ordinary world begins to slip further into an ominous fantasy mode, and it is up to Imogene and Maxine to discover a way to right the balance once again. More than just one-dimensional heroines, these two young women are well-developed characters -- real teenagers with strengths and weaknesses who just happen to be surfing the Net for tried-and-true strategies against the supernatural. A rousing Halloween climax involving blue paint, vervain poisoning, and soul-eating anamithim offers everything a fantasy reader could desire. CCBC categories: Fiction for Young Adults.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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