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Guile
ISBN: 9780544936911
Author: Cooper, Constance
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: March 2017
Retail: $9.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: Supporting herself by investigating enchanted objects that deceive people, sixteen-year-old bayou resident Yonie, assisted by her guile-discerning cat, LaRue, investigate a series of darkly charmed objects linked to secrets in her own family.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fantasy.
Families; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017006588
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Science Fiction, Mystery, Middle School, High School, Fantasy
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Sixteen-year-old orphan Yonie supports herself in the Bad Bayous by interpreting the "guile" in objects customers bring her. After seeing clients with unusually malevolent objects, Yonie embarks on a quest that reveals secrets about guile and also about her family's history. Cooper's fresh fantasy boasts a new kind of magic, a compellingly original watery world, and memorable characters (including a talking cat). Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Yonie Watereye, the memorable heroine of Cooper's debut, lives with her talking cat, LaRue, in a city reminiscent of New Orleans. Orphaned and rejected by her surviving relatives, 16-year-old Yonie makes a modest living thanks to LaRue, who is sensitive to guile, a magical substance that suffuses the river. A series of adventures, initially episodic and rushed, leads Yonie to seek out her relations—both the bayou-dwelling paternal cousins she grew up with and the mysterious High Town family of her disowned mother. Before long, the ever-curious Yonie and her smitten cousin Gilbert are headed upriver in a sentient houseboat, on the run from a terrifyingly irresponsible villain, and on track to discover the origins of guile. A slower pace in the second half, despite the ramped-up suspense, allows for more exploration of Yonie's world and character. Cooper adeptly captures the transition from adolescence to adulthood as Yonie faces temptations and hard choices, but the real star of the show is LaRue, whose primness amuses while her mutual loyalty with Yonie gives the story its heart. Ages 12–up. Agent: John Silbersack, Trident Media Group. (Mar.)

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