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THE DIFFERENT GIRL
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
An interesting premise with an unconventional execution. In many ways, Dahlquist’s first YA is a success — a mysterious, compelling page-turner. His choice of narrator is odd, and it translates into several frustratingly clueless passages, but overall the bizarre setting and unwitnessed events are likely to draw in sci-fi and mystery fans.
Veronika is one of four girls, identical except in hair color, who were shipwrecked on an island years ago by a storm that left them orphans. They are cared for by two adults, Irene and Robert, and their days more or less follow a pattern: They wake up; they learn; they sleep. It becomes obvious that Veronika and the other island dwellers are far from normal, when May, a very different sort of girl, washes ashore. (DUTTON, Feb., 240 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 9780525425977, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed By: Ellen Parsons
Published: February 2013