Book Review: Banished by: Sophie Littlefield


Delacorte Press

Publish Date:
October 12, 2010

From Publisher for Review


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There isn't much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri - or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Haley Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she'll never belong - not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. At least Hailey has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them.

But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift she cannot ignore.  Nor only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram's house, claiming to be Hailey's aunt Prairie.

There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram's house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decided where to place her trust. Will Prairie's past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning.  

Review: It seems to Hailey like her life sucks - she's got a grandmother who would sell her along with the drugs she already peddles and lives in 'Trashtown'. Her only bright spots are her dog Rascal and her foster brother, Chub. Then one day, Hailey feels a compulsion to heal an injured girl in her gym class and ever since, things haven't been right. She's being watched by 'Men in Black' and an aunt she never knew she had has suddenly returned. Now they're on the run and anything can happen next...

I absolutely-positively loved this book!! I loved the mythos, the characters, and even the bad guys! Of course, now I can't wait for the next book :-) Hailey is someone I'd want for my best friend and I'd love to be part of their world. This is an amazing book about an amazing and complicated girl. Pick it up!!

Banished Series: Banished (1), Unforsaken (2)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review. I have seen this book recently at the store but I wasn't sure if I would like the story line. I'll have to add it to my wish list.


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