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Repossessed Hardcover – May 29, 2007

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“Funny and clever. A quick, quirky and entertaining read.” (KLIATT (starred review))

“Jenkins’s writing remains lean, mean and to-the-point. Kiriel’s search packs an intriguingly deep wallop.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Jenkins works magic on readers. Warm, heartening message of hope coupled with a little rebellion.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“Funny and heartwarming. The demon’s winning mix of cocksureness and inadvertent bungling should resonate with teens.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

A. M. Jenkins is the award-winning author of Damage, Beating heart: A Ghost Story, and the Printz Honor Book Repossessed, and lives in Benbrook, Texas, with three sons, two cats, and two dogs. Jenkins received the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for night road.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1st Edition/1st Printing edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060835680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060835682
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,663,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The cover of this book led me to expect a kind-of fun, light adventure, but it really isn't. Kiriel the demon longs for time away from Hell and takes over the human body of a slacker-boy named Shaun. Potentially a comic set up. But Kiriel brings with him thousands of years of living in Hell reflecting sorrow and grief back at the damned souls; he feels joy at first encountering the wonders of the world while fearing his bosses from Hell will track him down and make him go back. Not really comic at all. Kiriel/Shaun is a very sympathetic hero who is in a rather desperate situation which, by the end, becomes heartwrenching. Yes, there are lots of funny parts, but as Shaun's love interest, Lane, notes, there's a well of sadness behind Kiriel's eyes.

The author did a couple of things extremely well. The book is a first-person narration, and Kiriel's voice is terrific. This reader really felt his wonder at things like eating Froot Loops for the first time, or experiencing his first kiss. The relationships, particularly the one between Shaun/Kiriel and Shaun's younger brother, are so well done. The author also did a great job maintining suspense--Kiriel never gets to quite settle into his role because things keep knocking him out of it. Despite the pace, however, Kiriel has time to reflect on what is happening to him.

I found the ending perplexing. This reader was really torn by it. On the one hand, we want Kiriel to be able to stay on earth and not return to Hell. Yet we don't want him to go to heaven, which is boring. Yet we're never quite allowed to forget that a human boy, Shaun, inhabited the body before. I think the ending the author chose was the right one, yet somehow I wanted more for Kiriel.

Highly recommended, and more thought-provoking than you might expect from the cover.
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Format: Hardcover
As humans involved in our daily lives, we often take the world for granted. Our days are filled with boring, humdrum activities. A. M. Jenkins creates a new twist on the mundane in his new book REPOSSESSED.

First, meet Shaun, age 17. He is about to take a step in the wrong direction - into the path of an oncoming truck. Next, meet Kiriel, a minor demon in search of a short break from the fires of hell. Put the two together, and you get a whole different view of daily life.

Seconds before the actual truck/teen collision, Kiriel slips into Shaun's body. Kiriel, a demon who prefers to call himself a "fallen angel," sees the perfect opportunity to find that needed break from his dull duties. He wants more out of "life." He wants to feel it and experience it first hand.

Once in Shaun's body, Kiriel is able to experience what he has only previously observed. This is his first actual look at the world through human eyes. Amazing! There's the feel and texture of everything from food, especially ketchup, to clothing against his skin. Fabulous! And that two-and-a-half hours spent in the bathtub make him wonder why humans don't constantly bathe. Kiriel finds himself wondering how humans can live such exciting daily lives and still express the desire for further adventures.

To Kiriel the real world is not all about just the physical experience. As he deals with Shaun's family, a divorced mother and his younger brother, Jason, he learns that love and the emotional side of life can be an unexpected roller coaster ride of its own.

A.M. Jenkins's demon makes us see what is really around us and perhaps makes us more understanding and grateful for how precious life is.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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Format: Hardcover
Don't call me a demon. I prefer the term Fallen Angel.

So starts this tale of a fallen angel's experiences in a teen's body. Instead of wanting to create havoc and destruction the author has the fallen angel want to experience all life has to offer. From the joy of baths, the sweetness of Fruit Loops cereal, to the beauty of a girl's eyes and hair. He even tries to warn a bully--one he knows he'll have to deal with in hell--to the shock and amusement of others.

I really enjoyed this tale. Fun and a fast paced read, you can't help but hope the fallen angel can stay. Also it makes you want to experience the joy and wonder of things we take for granted in our lives.
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Format: Paperback
Repossessed is an excellent book. It explores a lot of the subjects we'd been covering in my Humanities class lately, and I hoped it would be a nice way to finish a unit which included Paradise Lost, Job, Robinson Crusoe, and theodicy in general. Repossessed explores some weighty themes, including rejection, isolation, and faith, without patronizing or preaching. Kiriel's character is easy to identify with, especially for your more instrospective, existential teens. I enjoyed the author's vivid descriptions of Kiriel's first encounters with physical existence. I loved how he explored the world with his mouth, and expressed a desire to go home and look at his feet and other body parts, much like an infant.

However, a caveat: This book is definitely too mature for middle school classrooms and libraries. Kiriel frankly discusses masturbation in the first two chapters. One of three main quests which drives the plot forward is his desire for "sexual intercourse" and his plans for conquest. The author doesn't give explicit details, but the discussion alone is enough to cause squeamishness and confusion in some kids. Repossessed is aimed squarely at the over 14 crowd, and should probably be used as a pleasure read only, rather than teacher assigned.
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