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Hannah's Touch
By author: Laura Langston
Selling Points: "Paranormal, faith, death"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL490L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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I was going to die in the parking lot of Bartell Drugs, wearing that stupid red vest and with short hair. Mom would hate burying me without my long hair.
    What a waste, I thought, seeing my body on the pavement. My first bee sting, and it's fatal. It was almost as stupid as Logan getting in that car.

When sixteen-year-old Hannah gets stung, she rises out of her body, where she's greeted by her dead boyfriend, Logan, and a loving but unseen presence. She wants to stay with them. They say no. She must go back. There's something she must do.

But Hannah can't figure out what it is. Nor can she make sense of the weird things happening around her. Since the sting, she seems to have the ability to heal. Hannah doesn't know what to think. And then she faces another challenge: Logan has a purpose in mind for her new gift. And it's a purpose Hannah can't bear to face.



Bookvacations.wordpress.com - March 5, 2011
"While still dealing with real life situations and utilizing the coming of age theme, Langston reaches out to readers who also crave a bit of the unexplained...Langston does a wonderful job capturing the teenage voice in this novel. Hannah struggles with forgiveness and guilt...[and] as the story is told in first person, the reader has firsthand knowledge of Hannah's thoughts and feelings, which helps keep the reader connected throughout the story."
ALAN Review - June 1, 2010
"An emotional tale of forgiveness and learning to let go of one who has passed. Although the novel is a short and easy read, Langston realistically conveys the guilt and anger over losing someone special."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee - January 1, 2010
"With a topic that is acceptable for children of many ages, this book would be a good addition to a middle or high school Orca Soundings collection."
Book Notes (Center for Children's/Young Adult Books, MSU) - December 1, 2009
"Langston writes about real life tragedy with a supernatural twist, told in a teenage voice which young adult readers will relate to and appreciate."
Booklist - October 1, 2009
"Like other books in the Orca Soundings line, this is a quick, plot-driven read with a compelling premise that will appeal to fans of supernatural dramas."
TeensReadToo.com - October 1, 2009
"Offers a quick glimpse into the world of miracles. It's an easy, fast read most teens will enjoy."
CM Magazine - September 4, 2009
"Hannah narrates the magic realism of her experiences with a sarcastic wit that adds humour to the book...The low vocabulary format does not inhibit Langston's ability to intricately and realistically convey the lingering emotions following a traumatic loss and the paralyzing effect of guilt and anger...Recommended."

Awards

CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2011

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