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Tavian, the half kitsune (fox spirit) from Other (2010), returns to his birthplace to find his true self in this agreeable stand-alone sequel. Tavian hasn’t been back to Japan since his kitsune mother abandoned him, and his trip to meet his adoptive grandparents in Tokyo is fraught with painful memories, even with his half-pooka girlfriend, Gwen, at his side. Tavian, who is suffering from a magical illness that impairs shape-shifting, is also menaced by inugami (dog spirit) gangsters. Somehow all of these troubles connect to his mother, but to save himself, he first has to find her. Tavian’s coming-of-age journey is predictable, but it should emotionally satisfy fans of Other. Grades 9-12. --Krista Hutley
Karen Kincy is the author of the Other novels for young adults. Her debut novel, Other, was named to the American Library Association's 2011 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list. Kincy is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and lives in Redmond, Washington.See all Editorial Reviews