- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
- Series: The Edge of Nowhere
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (September 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670012963
- ISBN-13: 978-0670012961
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 235 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 7 Up-George makes her YA debut in this series opener. Becca King and her mom are on the run from her stepfather, who has used Becca's ability to hear what other people are thinking to make illegal money. Becca is to find refuge in the home of her mother's friend on Whidbey Island, near Seattle. Meanwhile, Becca's mother is to continue on to Canada in search of safety. Things don't go as planned when no one is there to pick Becca up at the ferry. She is taken in by Debbie Grieber, a woman who runs a motel and has a strange past. She meets Derric Nyombe, a 16-year-old Ugandan orphan who was adopted by the town's deputy sheriff when he was 10. He has a secret that no one on the island knows about, and Becca thinks she is the only person who can help him. Several other characters have their own troubles. All of these issues collide when Derric has a terrible accident. The book leaves readers wondering if Becca will continue to live her life on the run. George has created an interesting set of characters and plot twists that teenagers who like adventure and mysteries will enjoy.-Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George
“George has created an interesting set of characters and plot twists that teenagers who like adventure and mysteries will enjoy.” —School Library Journal
“...strong appeal to fans of Beth Kephart and Nancy Werlin.” —BCCB
"In her first foray into YA fiction, Ms George (a beloved adult suspense novelist) has hit the nail on the proverbial head with this action-packed, mysterious, and somewhat 'creepy' novel....the writing is superb from Ms. George, as always but...it's the combination of great characters and relationships that truly have this novel raising the bar when it comes to today's YA fiction."
Edgar Award nominee
Agatha Award nominee
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This book is so full of awkward, badly written teenage angst, I just wanted to slap everyone, including the adults. The plot is half-baked, an obvious setup for an unfortunate series, which not only leaves a lot of loose ends but seems to end in the middle of itself. There is far too much exposition and description, with teenage and adult characters who are incoherent, at best, and stupid, at worst. And the adults are as bad as the teens, with one exception--Seth's grandfather is the only character who rings true for me.
I can't imagine why George's editor accepted this book (maybe she isn't that familiar with YA lit?), and I can't fathom why George herself, an apparently accomplished writer, didn't realize the book was so badly written. The only reason I finished reading this book was because of the snatches of memory of Whidbey island it awakened. Otherwise I'd have trashed-canned it after the first chapter.
This was my first Elizabeth George book, and it will be my last.
Where to start? Maybe with the humorless, wooden, shallow characters. Or perhaps the dreary, boring storyline. I actually went back and checked TWICE that this was actually the same writer I had enjoyed so much before, because I just couldn't believe it!
Of course, it is not unknown for successful authors to have an occasional book just bomb. James D, Doss comes to mind. To cut the misery short, there was absolutely no pleasure in sloughing through this book. The most enjoyable characters were the dogs. They didn't speak.
When Becca reaches the other side, no one comes to pick her up. Finally, she follows the map her mother left her with and makes her way to the woman’s home only to discover she has just died. No place to stay and with no contacts, fourteen year old Becca is left to fend for herself. It sounds like I’ve told you a lot, but this all happens in the first few pages… the rest of the story is a cavalcade of characters who bully, intimidate or help Becca along the way.
This book is a more complicated than many YA market books and it’s long (442 pages!) but becomes a captivating read. I stayed up until 2:30 AM reading it last night and finished on my lunch break. I confess I purchased the book because of writer Elizabeth George’s name and it was billed as paranormal—except for Becca’s gift for hearing other people’s thoughts, there is no other paranormal. That was a big disappointing because I expected more, but had I not thought it was a paranormal story, I wouldn’t have been.