THE OUTCAST ORACLE

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Readers will fall for Egan's coming-of-age story, hook, line and sinker. It's unusual and different, and displays the author's wild imagination and vast vocabulary. Egan captures the essence of an innocent teenager and the turn of a decade (the 1960s) perfectly. YA fans will relate to the special relationship C.B. and Charlie share. There's many ups and down will confuse your emotions, but the humorous undertone allows for comic relief when needed most.

C.B. is a jack-of-all-trades. He's a moonshiner, successful con artist, self-proclaimed minister and most recently, guardian to his granddaughter, Charlene Beth Whitestone. Fourteen-year-old Charlie is an aspiring writer who had no choice but to grow up overnight, to care for her grandfather once her parents abandoned her. C.B. works her to the bone, keeping her busy in the small town of Butztown near Lake Ontario, but she's lonely, and most of the time just longs to be a normal teenager. But then, sadly, her grandfather dies, and Charlie is left to fend for herself and continue on with C.B.'s crooked, shady endeavors. A stranger shows up at her doorstep, introducing himself as Blake, and Charlie cannot resist his cowboy charm. He forces his way into C.B.'s former religious schemes, and against Charlie's wishes, names her an oracle, commanding her to perform "miracles." But the biggest miracle of all is falling in love for the first time. (HUMANIST PRESS, Oct., 205 pp., $10.99, ISBN: 9780931779367, e-book, 15 & Up)

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Reviewed by: 
Jaime A. Geraldi