“Eerie and poignant, Carol Lynch William’s powerful MESSENGER will haunt its readers. This book about family and destiny will grab the reader’s heart and refuse to let go.”
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~”Williams’s engaging, supernatural-tinged novel opens in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., on Evie Messenger’s 15th birthday—the day that Messenger women are traditionally bestowed with a special skill that determines their life path. . . . Relatable characters and a down-to-earth narrative carry Williams’s story to a pat yet emotionally gratifying conclusion. . . . Williams (Never Said) makes smart use of her premise to encapsulate what it’s like to straddle the line between childhood and adolescence.” Ages 12–up. PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY
~”. . . . Although this book is set in the present day, the genteel, classic tone hints at a bygone era without seeming dated. All of the characters are fully formed, including the adults, who are often one-dimensional in YA. The Southern setting and manners add to the overall charm. . . . VERDICT A gentle tale with lots of heart that should find an audience with all but the most cynical readers.”–Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT School Library Journal
~“Williams creates a recognizable world with Evie and her working-class, white family, whose colloquial speech (“Now lookit”) provides extra dimension. Even though her Gift may be supernatural, Evie herself comes across as a well-rounded, likable character. Another solid outing from Williams.” (Paranormal fiction. 12-18)
– Kirkus Reviews, 8/1/16