By Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Reviewed for High School, 2012

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill has a secret: If you give her an item of yours, she can see all the way into your past, present and future. When her powers get her in trouble in her small Ohio town, her parents ship her off to New York to live with her uncle until the situation blows over. Not long after her arrival, her uncle, a professor and paranormal expert, recruits her to help him catch a serial killer whose deeds may be tied to a belief in the occult. Can she crack the case without revealing her strange secret? Set in Manhattan in the '20s, this book is a well-woven mystery with lively, defined characters and a plot that rivals those of most feature films. The Diviners also inadvertently introduces high schoolers to early 20th century American history and, perhaps most important of all, helps teens realize that, no matter when or where it was, teenagers have always gotten into trouble. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $11.51)