Strange Girl

432p. ebook available. Simon Pulse. Nov. 2015. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781481450591; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781481450584.
Gr 9 Up—Fred is an average teenage boy. He's in a band, he's recently been dumped, his bestie is a girl, and he has a major crush on the town's newest resident, Aja. Aja, however, is anything but average. Raised in the jungles of Brazil, Aja brings a storm of controversy with her wherever she goes. Is it coincidence or divine intervention that the sick suddenly become well in her presence? When word of Aja's impressive abilities begins to travel, Fred and the rest of the band take it upon themselves to shield her from the public eye. Fans of Pike's previous work may be disappointed by the lack of conniving characters and dangerous situations usually present in his novels. This title is a departure from the horror genre, leaning heavily toward the paranormal. Descriptions of sexual situations make this title appropriate for older teens.
VERDICT Make room on the shelf for the latest offering from a longtime YA writer.

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