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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416954880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954880
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,721,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "Noted for her fantasy and science fiction for adults, Hopkinson jumps triumphantly to teen literature. . . . Rich in voice, humor and dazzling imagery, studded with edgy ideas and wildly original, this multicultural mashup—like its heroine—defies category."--Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED

* "Mixing mythology and massively ­surreal events, adult fantasy author Hop­kinson (The Salt Roads) explores questions of identity and image in her YA debut, set against the backdrop of a world gone mad. . . . Hopkinson’s use of language and imagery is almost magical, and her characters add much-appreciated diversity to the genre."--Publishers Weekly, *STAR

* "Hopkinson, who grew up in the Caribbean, mixes Jamaican legends, fairy tales, and sheer imagination to create this wildly inventive story that also skillfully addresses essential teen subjects: change, race, identity, love, and understanding cultural differences. Labels are impossible here, so just hand this refreshingly original treat to teens eager for something completely different."--Booklist, *STAR

"[Scotch] proves to be a compelling anchor for a tale in which, for a while at least, it seems that literally anything can happen. Hopkinson’s joy of invention is palpable, and despite its darker edges, it’s that joy in the possibilities of the imagination that I hope comes through to younger readers. Come to think of it, we could all use a dose of it."--Locus

About the Author

Nalo Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous novels and short stories for adults. Nalo grew up in Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana before moving to Canada when she was sixteen. This is her first young adult novel. Visit her online at NaloHopkinson.com.

More About the Author

I'm a novelist, editor, short story writer. I also teach, and I freelance sometimes as an arts consultant. Most of my books have been published by Warner Books, now known as Grand Central Books. If you like knowing about awards and such, my work has received the Warner Aspect First Novel award, the Sunburst Award for Canadian literature of the fantastic, the World Fantasy Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and Honourable Mention in Cuba's Casa de las Americas Prize for literature.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BonnieG on September 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book a lot, which is sort of strange considering I don't normally like the chaotic and anything-goes sort of world. I found Scotch engaging enough that I liked watching all this happen through her eyes. The book is somewhat slow to get to the Chaos, but I enjoyed glimpsing Scotch's life as a story in itself.

This is a tough book to describe without giving things away, but it was well written, inclusive in a way that most books in these genres are not, and enjoyable to read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is trying so hard to be fantastical that it's outlandish and unbelievable.

When the Chaos strikes, the main character, Scotch, has a whole chapter where she is either transformed into (or has a delusion) some type of insect and giving birth, comes out of that delusion, goes back into the bar where she was at when the Chaos struck to find her brother and a volcano appears in Lake Ontario. Yet in the next chapter, she is eating doughnuts in a Tim Horton's as mythological creatures like a Sasquatch wander the street? There are other much better plotted out books in the urban fantasy genre. Please find them!
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By Jacqueline Hill on March 28, 2014
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Nalo always takes me to worlds I could never imagine on my own. I love West Indian folklore and her books are not short of it.
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