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The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater

Published by Scholastic Press, 2012
409 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧45-424929

Age 13 and older

Teenage Blue doesn抰 have psychic powers but amplifies the signal for her mother and other psychics who live with them. All of them have foretold that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Blue avoids boys until she meets Adam, a student at Aglionby, the elite prep school in her hometown of Henrietta, Virginia. Adam isn抰 like other Aglionby boys梙e抯 local, and he抯 poor. Attracted to Adam, Blue is also drawn into his circle of friends and the quest of their leader, a boy named Gansey, to locate the ley line in Henrietta that might lead him to the tomb of a Welsh king. Blue has heard of Gansey: It was the name of a boy whose spirit she saw in her one psychic encounter, on St. Mark抯 Eve梐 vision that means he抯 fated to die in the coming year. Against the backdrop of this tense, richly developed supernatural mystery, Maggie Stiefvater weaves a riveting and often poignant story of friendships and families, love and betrayal, money and identity, exploring the themes through the lives of refreshingly complex characters. The elements that draw the four boys together梐nd also threaten to divide them梑ecome more and more apparent as Gansey抯 search continues, his passion for the quest matched only by his desire and determination to keep his friends close and safe. And Blue抯 own struggle梩o assert her independence at home, to deal with her fate梚s amplified as she becomes part of their tight-knit group. With several surprising revelations, Stiefvater抯 immensely satisfying story will leave readers eager for the sequel.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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