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Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins?

Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins? 288p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763674113. LC 2014944676.
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Gr 4–6—Eighth grade seems pretty normal to Jessica Jenkins until the day her best friend Izzy tells her she started going invisible during geography class. The two girls work hard to find out how and why this is happening and in the process discover that there may be other kids who have developed superpowers. The explanation for these powers is science-based and surprisingly believable, considering the fantasy aspects of the story. Jessica and her newfound allies struggle to come to grips with the changes not only in their own capabilities but in their relationships with each other and those around them. It all comes to a head when Jessica and her friends discover that the source of their powers are threatened. The mix of kids from different backgrounds and social groups makes for an interesting look at the challenges of crossing cultural and social barriers. A light, fun read that is sure to be popular among fans of Kessler's other works, including the "Emily Windsnap" and "Philippa Fisher" series (both Candlewick).—Heidi Grange, Summit Elementary School, Smithfield, UT

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