Time-Strapped Teens Should REWIND

Lynn: In Carolyn O’Doherty’s Rewind (2018), some people, known as Spinners, are born with the ability to freeze and rewind time. The general public fears the Spinners, but their unique abilities are perfect for solving crimes. Law enforcement agents take babies with this talent from their parents and bring them to training centers where they live and work. Each Spinner is paired with a time agent, and together, they investigate crimes by rewinding time to discover the truth. But this astonishing ability comes with a price: Spinners rarely live beyond 20.

Rewind by Carolyn DohertySixteen-year-old Alex Manning is an exceptionally gifted spinner. She and Agent Ross have been working for months to identify an especially dangerous criminal. They are getting close when Alex experiences her first episode of time sickness. This comes as a shock, since Alex expected to have several more years of good health. When Agent Ross offers Alex a chance at a longer life by undergoing a secret, experimental treatment, she jumps at the chance. But to her shock, she discovers that the treatment gives her even an more powerful ability that could change everything for spinners—and the world.

Part police procedural, part science fiction, all pulse-pounding excitement, this first installment of a planned trilogy provides startling twists and turns and plenty to think about. With door-stop sized science fiction the norm, this fast-paced, large-print read—only 247 pages—is a welcome alternative. Hand this book to time-strapped teens and reluctant readers and be prepared for them to beg for the sequel immediately.



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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