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Gr 10 Up-Set in 1920s New York City, this literary tour-de-force from Printz Award-winner Bray offers grand themes, complex characters, and suspense. After her secret gift for divining information from objects lands her in trouble, 17-year-old Evangeline O'Neill is sent from Ohio to live with her uncle, who runs a museum specializing in folklore and the occult in Manhattan. Evie is a quintessential flapper: not really bad, but rebellious and yearning to fly free of her Babbitt-like existence. Although she starts out her new life like the party girl she was back home, her pursuits become more serious when her uncle is asked to help solve a series of strange murders. She crosses paths with Memphis Campbell, a black numbers runner in Harlem, whose power to heal by laying on hands failed him when he tried to save his mother. Other characters include a homosexual composer who meets people in dreams, a Ziegfeld girl with a past, a pickpocket searching for his family, and a young research assistant with his own secrets. Bray develops each of these characters and their gifts, gradually bringing them together in a chilling and thrilling battle with Naughty John, a paranormal serial killer. Over the course of the novel, people (mainly good) smoke, drink, and use other illegal substances. These peccadilloes are contrasted with the values of the hellfire-and-brimstone cult that spawned Naughty John. The compelling and dramatic supernatural plot explores self-actualization, predestination, the secrets everyone hides, and, of course, good versus evil. An absolutely terrific read and, thankfully, the first in a planned series.-Nina Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, MEα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Absolutely loved this whole series. Couldn't wait for this last book and now I wish there was more! Well done.Published 18 days ago by Love my Amazon
I loved this book! I'm about to start the second and I'm so excited.
The characters are great. Well written and relatable. I adore Memphis and Theta. Read more
If you're a fan of the Gemma Doyle trilogy then you will LOVE this series. Truly enchanting, with a group of diverse, fun, and relatable characters.Published 29 days ago by Laurel Perez
Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Series: The Diviners, book one... Read more
This has been the first book in years that I have read by Libba Bray. I loved her Gemma Doyle series, so I don’t know why it took me so long to read another book by her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elien
The Diviners is the first book of a series by Libba Bray. I first read the book in May of 2013, and was so excited for the sequel -- and heartbroken that it would take so long to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by AJ.
I finally cracked open Libba Bray's The Diviners, which all in all, is a good thing! Had I read this back in 2012, I would've been in tears waiting for the sequel! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica S.