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Sixteen-year-old Easter Hutton’s world has changed completely, and hopefully for the better. Recently she has discovered that she is not crazy and that there is a good reason why she has become a weird outcast in school --- she has a special ability to astral project! And there are other teens just like her. Easter has been invited to join Homefree, a program specifically designed to help teens master their metaphysical gifts. She travels to Fairless Grove Academy in Saint Augustine, Florida, with her best friend Andrew, who can read other peoples’ memories, and Cal, who is able to move objects with his mind.

The weird thing is, since classes don’t start for three months, the school is practically deserted --- no teachers, no dean, and only the Prefect named Kayla and her baby to keep an eye on them. Of course, Madam Papinchak, a Homefree advisor, is only a teleportation away and seems to be able to monitor them from wherever she is.

Even though it’s summer vacation, Easter, Cal and Andrew receive assignments, strange though they are. The first one is to think about how their gifts could help humanity…think about, not attempt; the three are supposed to refrain from using their talents until they’ve learned how to control them. The second assignment is to go on one of the many ghost tours available in the area. Though they mock the assignment all the way to the tour, Easter, Cal and Andrew get a shocking surprise when they discover an actual ghost! This ability to see the dead proves that all three are Sensitives. Andrew, however, seems to be more in tune as he sees many spirits, and it doesn’t sit well with him.

The next assignment is to find a summer job, and even this proves to be a bit on the strange side. Easter gets hired at a French restaurant, but there rarely appears to be any guests, the front sign is covered with weedy vines and Easter’s new boss seems just a tad familiar. Easter grumbles about these assignments and the strict rules at the new school, but still, life has improved with separation from her alcoholic, out-of-control mother. Finally, Easter gets the chance to be the kid instead of the parent. But her mom didn’t seem to get the change in plans. She calls Easter constantly on the cell phone, as drunk as ever, complaining about her new husband and her horrible life. As Easter tries to work through all these challenges, she uncovers some surprising family secrets that explain so much.

Nina Wright has delivered another exciting book about the paranormal mysteries. Readers will connect with the energetic Easter, feeling her blossoming out from under her mother’s destructive control, her impatience with school rules, her growing affections for Cal and her worries for Andrew. As Easter delves deeper into the metaphysical world, readers will beg for more, devouring each page quicker than the last. We can only hope that Wright is working on a third!


Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on October 18, 2011

by Nina Wright

  • Publication Date: October 8, 2007
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Flux
  • ISBN-10: 0738711705
  • ISBN-13: 9780738711706