The Diviners (Hardcover)

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Midwestern teen Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her sleepy hometown to
stay with her uncle Will in bustling New York City during the roaring
20s.   Will is the curator of the Museum of American Folklore,
Superstition and the Occult, also known as the Museum of Creepy
Crawlies.  Evie believes she has gotten the better end of her punishment
and takes advantage of bachelor Will, spending her evenings in
speakeasies dancing and gallivanting across the city and is basically up
to no good.  Uncle Will turns a blind eye to Evie's behavior until one
grisly murder turns into two and then three and it is obvious that an
unspeakable evil has been unleashed in New York.  Will has been enlisted
to help by the NYPD and Evie just can't help but become involved.
Before long, the two, along with Evie's friends are caught up in the
investigation and might be the key to stopping the evil that lurks at
bay.  It's up to Evie to put her mysterious power to work and stop the
killer before it strikes again and save the fate of mankind.  The
Diviners is a dark and wild ride that will leave you wanting the next
book in the series as soon as possible.  This is a great cross-over
books for older teens and adults who don't shy away from the
supernatural and occult. Ages 15 and up.

— Bess

Fall '12 Kids List


“If you want to be immersed in the sights and sounds of the 1920s, this is the book for you! Evie O'Neill is a true flapper, too wild for her staid hometown of Zenith, Ohio. When she is banished to stay with her Uncle Will in Manhattan, she looks forward to her exciting new life -- until it turns out to include dead bodies, mysterious intruders, and a supernatural evil that only Evie has the power to sense. Creepy and fun, The Diviners is frantic and full of slang, a love letter to the Roaring 20s. So much fun!”
— Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY

Description


A young woman discovers her mysterious powers could help catch a killer in the first book of The Diviners series--a stunning supernatural historical mystery set in 1920s New York City, from Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray.

Evangeline O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....

About the Author


Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestseller Beauty Queens, the 2010 Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at www.libbabray.com.

Praise For…


A Publishers Weekly Best YA Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Editor's Choice
A Kirkus Best YA Book of the Year
A Top Ten Amazon Best Book of the Year for Teens
A Library Journal Best YA Book for Adults
An Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Finalist


"The Diviners delivers an addictive and terrifying story of young New Yorkers investigating a rash of occult-based murders. Bray sustains a breathless energy throughout this ambitious series-starter, deftly evoking the exuberance of 1920s city life and the evil lurking beneath it."—Entertainment Weekly

* "1920s New York thrums with giddy life in this gripping first in a new [series] from Printz winner Bray...The intricate plot and magnificently imagined details of character, dialogue and setting take hold and don't let go. Not to be missed."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

* "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."
School Library Journal (starred review)

* "The book is big and wants to be the kind of thing you can lose yourself in. Does it succeed? It's jake, baby."—Booklist (starred review)

*Everyday moments and a romance or two help lighten the mood of this creepy, dark, twisted tale of things that go bump in the night."—VOYA (starred review)

* "The book is engrossing, spooky, and thought-provoking."—Library Media Connection (starred review)

" [A] lavish supernatural thriller...Wisecracking Evie is a likable heroine, and all signs point to intriguing complications and more malevolent spirits on the rise in succeeding books."
The Horn Book
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316126113
ISBN-10: 031612611X
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 18th, 2012
Pages: 592
Language: English
Series: The Diviners
 

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