By: Marit Weisenberg
“It had always been a fact of life that we were biologically different—better—and that it had to be kept secret.”
Seventeen-year-old Julia Jaynes has the perfect life. She’s beautiful, freakishly athletic, and extremely smart. That’s because she comes from a race of highly-evolved humans living in the heart of Austin, Texas.
In order to protect their anonymity and preserve their elite society, Julia’s powerful father forces her to suppress her abilities. When she accidentally demonstrates her super human prowess in public, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her feel inferior: public high school. Thrust into the confusion and humiliation of a normal high school, Julia is just trying to keep her head down when John Ford strolls into her life. An outsider and tennis jock, John is immediately attractive to Julia as a curiosity. She can even read his mind. But as Julia's newfound powers over John grow, so do her feelings.
When she discovers her father has been hiding dangerous secrets, for the first time in her life, Julia begins to question her restrictive upbringing. Caught between the prejudices of her manipulative father and the allure of an outsider’s life, Julia must decide how she will define herself—and who she will betray.
Author & Illustrator Bios:Marit Weisenberg, author
Marit Weisenberg has a master’s degree from UCLA in Cinema and Media Studies and worked as a film and television executive for a number of years. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. Select is her debut novel.
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Julia Jaynes has always known she's special, just as she's always known she has to hide her special talents and abilities; she's a member of a select community of just a handful of families: human in many respects while so much more in others, they live among ordinary people but hold themselves apart. Her father has made it very clear that to be accepted into their clan, she must maintain a low profile, keep her abilities under wraps, and never, under any circumstances, mingle with an outsider but stay only with her own handful of beautiful young peers. Her own glossy, well-groomed white family, Julia notes, looks "like they'd externalized being members of the One Percent." She wants to do as he asks, to be included in the tribe when they relocate to their next place, but she knows that she's different. And when a chance meeting with a handsome, young outsider with tan skin and "almond-shaped eyes" shows her a new and very possibly unique ability, she's faced with a choice: to blend in and be accepted or to live a very singular life out on her own. Weisenberg frames teen issues in an eerie, unusual environment where nothing is quite as simple as it seems. Julia narrates, slowly revealing the rules of her peculiar community in a first-person narration that relies on concept rather than style to turn the pages. Readers who stay with Julia have a mighty twist at the end to look forward to.
ISBN: 978-1-63289-642-1 EPUB
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Ages: 14 and up
Page count: 352
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 8. Standards 0-0, 0, 0, 00
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 9. Standards 0, 0, 0, 0, 00
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