Grades 9 - 12
Grade level Equivalent: 4.7
Lexile Measure®: 650L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Not Available
- Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles
- Death, Grief, Loss
- Magic and Supernatural
- Running Away
About This Book
Whenever Jem meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die.
Burdened with such an awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem notices that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today's number. Today's date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem's world is about to explode!
* "It's a gritty tale, unsparingly told, and debut novelist Ward demonstrates exceptional control of her material. Her characters remain true to themselves and their bleak circumstances..." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Ward’s debut novel is gritty, bold, and utterly unique. Jem’s isolation and pain, hidden beneath a veneer of toughness, are palpable, and the ending is a real shocker. Teens who read Charles De Lint, Holly Black, and Melvin Burgess will take to this riveting book and eagerly await the upcoming sequel." — School Library Journal, starred review