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The riddles of Epsilon
Christine Morton-Shaw
Teen Fiction MORTON

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With a title that may make readers think they are headed for a literary journey into the depths of the solar system, Morton-Shaw?s debut novel, written diary-style, instead delves into ancient mysteries and secrets (though not without some time travel touches). Jess White moves to the island of Lume with her artist parents after she gets expelled from school for alcohol and drug use. The 14-year-old communicates with her friend Avril via what she believes to be a ?private? chat room, yet Jess soon receives online messages from a stranger (whom she later discovers to be the titular Epsilon). Under his guidance, Jess finds an abandoned cottage and, buried within it, clues rendered in symbols. By deciphering several of these riddles, she unravels a sinister mystery that threatens her mother?s sanity (?She keeps making funny little sketches in black. But she won?t show me those. Yet she leaves the others all over the place?the ones of that haunting face. A woman?s face.? Jess also begins to dream of a 19th-century boy?whom she discovers is also dreaming of her. Jess must decide whom she can trust when everyone seems to hover between good and evil?an evil that will surface at Lume?s annual Greet festival. In a gripping story that recalls Susan Cooper?s The Dark Is Rising sequence, Morton-Shaw creates a captivating fusion of an ancient, powerful mythology and modern technology?and it will likely have broad appeal. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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main characters Jessica White
Age: 14
Trying to adjust to her family moving; becomes friends with a spirit; must find a relic in order to save her mother from going insane.

Jessica's friend; speaks only in riddles, songs, and poems.

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