From School Library Journal
Grade 7-9–Bee, 13, wants to eat the dirt in her mother's garden; Haze believes that he is half-alien; and Stephanie thinks that she is a reincarnated slave girl from the 1800s whose name was Sarah. One day Bee sees a girl in her room who could be her twin. After the girl says, You are me, she disappears. Bee usually doesn't talk to anyone, but decides to ask Haze about the vanishing figure. He explains that she is a doppelganger and that seeing one means your imminent death. Bee hears Sarah sing a Billie Holiday song about lynching and talks to her. The three loners become friends. They crash a party by deciding to be invisible and enjoy drinking and dancing before being caught. They grab hands, run out of the party, and fly away. When they land, Bee finds a poisonous plant in her pocket. The teens figure out that she is a changeling, and the real Bee is desperate to have her body back. The author does an excellent job of integrating background slices of paranormal history and poetry. This slim novel is comprised of short chapters, is quickly paced, and has a surprise ending. It will appeal to reluctant readers, fans of the bizarre, and teens who feel that they don't quite fit in.–Samantha Larsen Hastings, West Jordan Public Library, UT
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Block’s latest is short enough to be read in one sitting, but nonetheless has an impact that will be felt much longer. It is the perplexing and ethereal story of Bee, a 13-year-old who has begun seeing her own doppelgänger. “You are me,” her twin says before disappearing into the dark. She befriends two other kids who exist on the fringe: Haze, a stuttering loner who thinks he is the offspring of an alien, and Sarah, who believes she is the reincarnation of a slave from the 1800s. Together they work out that Bee must be a changeling, a “hideous elf” who was switched at birth with the real Bee. Block’s magical realism doesn’t always hold together (this is the kind of book where characters declare “I wish we could fly” out of nowhere), but the spooky mood she conjures is what will stay with readers—that and her gloriously grotesque descriptions of everyday objects. Inevitably some will find this too precious, but many will be inspired to reach for Block’s back catalog of other dangerous angels. Grades 5-8. --Daniel Kraus