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Thursday, November 09, 2006

teensreadtoo.com reviews HOMEFREE

HOMEFREE by Nina Wright
Category: Paranormal
Age Recommendation: Grades 6+
Release Date: 9/1/06
Publisher: Flux
Reviewed by Sally Kruger

Rating: 5 Stars

Easter Hutton thinks she “just might have the worst life in the world”. Her parents are divorced, she’s had her fair share of step-dad/boyfriend experiences, and now her mother is pregnant. Add to that a temporary home in a rundown Florida trailer park and a new school where her classmates would rather throw raw eggs at Easter than talk to her, and the reader will agree that her life is not the greatest.

If all that is not bad enough, Easter has begun “astral-projecting”. One minute she is in French class and the next, she’s back in her old apartment in Atlanta with a blind man and a mad parrot. What is going on?

As her personal life seems to be exploding around her, Easter’s strange new experiences bring her in contact with other teens who have similar special abilities. With the help of some old friends and new acquaintances, Easter discovers there’s a place for special people – Homefree – and she’s been invited.

In HOMEFREE, author Nina Wright creates a wonderful mix of reality and fascinating paranormal activity. Easter’s less-than-perfect life is so believable that when the “weird” stuff starts happening, the reader just hangs on and goes along for the ride. This book would be a great addition to any classroom or library.

I couldn't agree more. I'm a teacher, and I use this book to show my students that you can be an outsider and be very, very gifted and special. I'm eager to read the sequel.
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