Wednesday, 2 June 2010

11+: Gifted: Finders Keepers - Marilyn Kaye


Dead people don't make great companions, something cute, athletic Ken finds out the hard way when, following an accident on the football field, he starts hearing ghostly voices. It's not the kind of gift he would have asked for - especially when it gets him involved in a love triangle with his dead best friend's girlfriend - but there's nothing he can do about it, until an anonymous note invites him to a seance. Completely convinced by the medium he meets, Ken tries to tell her about his secret. Only his gifted classmates can save him from revealing the truth - and finding himself in terrible danger...


Having started Marilyn’s writing after a couple of these titles had been out for a bit I did wonder if it would be just a tale for the younger female audience. What unfurls within will win readers of both genders as the author has a good grasp of creating realistic characters that whilst struggling with their own unique gifts find ways to help others alongside forging friendships. This offering is perhaps the strangest and perhaps best to date as we follow the tale of a boy who can speak with the dead.

Add a descent story arc, a selfish character or two and you know that theres something for every young reader to get from this offering as the author promotes self sacrifice, friendship and other positive attributes. A great thing to do in this modern age and one that will definitely appeal to many as we’re all pretty unique in this world.

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