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Astra Young Readers
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6.2 X 9.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Vivian Vande Velde is the author of numerous fantasy and speculative-fiction novels for children and teenagers, many of which were ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She won the Edgar Award for Never Trust a Dead Man, which was also named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit vivianvandevelde.com.


"(W)ith new details in each playback, a gradual explanation of Zoe's background, and a slowly forming bond between Zoe and Daniel, readers will remain engaged and invested in the story line.... For middle school and early high school fans of speculative fiction." -School Library Journal

"Blue-haired Zoe Mahar ducks into a bank to escape a downpour and comes face to face with a robber who's not afraid to use his gun. The violent encounter leaves two people dead, including a friendly young man who shields Zoe from a bullet. But Zoe, 15, has a special ability to turn back the clock 23 minutes just by saying "playback," allowing her to change the outcome of events....Vande Velde brilliantly opens the novel... Zoe comes across as a clever girl with a sense of humor about her own opinionated nature. A gripping page-turner for time fantasy enthusiasts." -Kirkus Reviews

(G)ripping from the start... Zoe is a compelling heroine in a tense situation... an ideal option for reluctant readers--they'll dive in in spite of themselves and likely find it hard to put down.' -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[Zoe] can travel back in time--within limits. She can play back exactly twenty-three minutes and can redo the same time block up to ten times....Just when she thinks she has things figured out, in the next rerun of those not-quite-the-same twenty-three minutes, a fresh revelation clobbers her. Velde strengthens the tension with a third-person point of view that allows readers to be clobbered more deliciously at a distance." -VOYA Magazine