Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb - OPTIONAL

Whitcomb, Laura The Fetch, 379 p. Houghton Mifflin, 2009. $17.

For centuries, Calder has existed as a Fetch, a spirit who appears to someone who is dying and escorts them through a Door, down the Hall and on to their afterlife. But twice now, Calder has seen a beautiful girl/woman and is certain that they are meant to be together. So, he defies all Fetch wisdom and commonsense in pursuit of a woman who is not what she seems to be. Now he is stuck in the body of Rasputin, his love is the now dead Queen Alexandra and Calder must cross the world with two of Alexandra’s children in tow in order to find his Key and his Door in order to escort the two to their destiny.

Should I mention that Rasputin is causing (or preventing) a rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls? Students who know something about the Russian Revolution and about Rasputin will understand this book much more than those who happen upon this. While this is aimed towards the YA audience, I think adults will enjoy it much more than teens.

HS –OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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