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Watson, Jude. Premonitions.

WATSON, Jude. Premonitions. Scholastic. 241 p. c2004. 0-439-60095-X. $6.99. JS

Jude Watson, author of numerous children's Star Wars books, has written an intriguing tale of a teenaged psychic who must save her best friend's life. Gracie started having premonitions after a near-drowning experience when she was ten years old. Since then, she knows unexplainable things about people. She even senses that something bad will happen to her mother on a business trip. Following the terrible accident that kills her mom, she is sent to Seattle to live with her eccentric, free-spirited Aunt Shay. Gracie tries to adjust to living with her, but still feels like an outsider. After another horrible premonition, her friend Emily disappears, and it is up to Gracie to piece the puzzle together and find her. She gains an unexpected ally in her cousin Diego as they try to solve the case together. The story builds to a terrifying climax as Gracie's sleuthing puts her own life in grave danger.

Readers will see through Gracie's eyes what it means to lose a parent and deal with the uncertainty of whether she could realistically have intervened. The mystery with its added paranormal subplot will make this boor appeal to a wide range of teens. Recommended for all teen collections. Olivia Durant, Libn., Webster P.L., Webster, NY
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Author:Durant, Olivia
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Date:Nov 1, 2004
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