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"An intense thriller of life-and-death proportions."

Sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell can't wait for the day she'll leave Gypsum, Missouri, far behind, taking only four-year-old Chub, the developmentally-delayed little boy her cruel drug-dealing grandmother fosters for the state money. But when a freak accident in gym class leaves a girl in critical condition, Hailey feels drawn to lay her hands on the injured girl and an astonishing healing takes place. Before Hailey can understand her new powers, a beautiful stranger shows up...just in time to save her and Chub from hired killers. A desperate race begins, with Hailey as the ultimate prize: there are those who will stop at nothing to harness her gifts to create an undefeatable army of the undead. Now it is up to Hailey and a small but determined family of healers to stand up to the unbelievable and face the unthinkable.

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"An intense thriller of life-and-death proportions."

   —VOYA magazine

"An excellent writer...suspenseful and engaging. The ending will leave you begging for a sequel."
   —RT BookReviews

"Plenty of action, family drama, and the promise of romance...seriously entertaining."
   —School Library Journal

"A well-woven tale."
   —The Atlanta Examiner

"An amazing book about an amazing and complicated girl. Pick it up!!"

"References to Irish folklore, zombies, and disastrous love affairs will appeal to paranormal fantasy fans. Littlefield, who has previously published for the adult market, reveals the details of Hailey's gift both to Hailey and to readers in well-paced scenes that add up to an intense thriller of life-and-death proportions."
   —Hollis Rudiger

"I can't wait to read what happens next!! Great high school or older read."
   —Bite Club (read the full review)

"I felt like I could hear the way their brittle and decaying bones broke near the end."
   —Purple Epidemic Reviews (read the full review)

"Pretty stinkin' awesome...definitely recommend."
   —YA Book Diva Reviews (read the full review)

Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, October 2010, ISBN: 9780385738521
Ember, Paperback, September 2011, ISBN: 9780385738538