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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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5.88 X 8.37 X 1.38 inches | 1.12 pounds

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About the Author

Mark H. Kruger is a screen and TV writer specializing in edge-of-your-seat thrillers and supernatural suspense. He has contributed to many television series and movies, but is best known for having written and produced for The 4400, Necessary Roughness, and the upcoming Damien, and for working with filmmakers Clive Barker and Wes Craven. Mark lives in Los Angeles and is the author of Overpowered and Overtaken.


When Nica Ashley's mother travels to Antarctica for work, Nica is sent to live with her estranged father in the small town of Barrington, Colo., a far cry from the lively overseas locations she's used to, like Bangkok. Barrington is a Stepford community, with a nightly curfew, private security everywhere, and disconcertingly friendly residents. Nica's travels have helped her hone her observation skills, and she soon discovers the town's bizarre secret: nearby Barrington Tech is conducting strange experiments, which somehow imbue Nica and several other teens with superpowers. Forming an unlikely alliance with a peppy cheerleader named Maya, geeky Oliver, and rebellious love interest Jackson, Nica sets out to get to the heart of a mystery that started before she was born, while aware that Bar Tech is ruthlessly hunting those with powers. Though Nica's voice is at times stiff, screenwriter Kruger brings big-screen sensibilities to his debut novel. Comic book tropes, conspiracy theories, intrigue, and romance all come together, fleshed out with memorable characters. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)--Publishers Weekly