The second in The Elemental series is jam-packed with emotion, terrific writing and three-dimensional characters. Gabe especially is a wonderful, multifaceted guy. The wait is on for book three!
Gabriel and his brothers all have special powers. Gabriel can invoke fire — and control it half the time. A new substitute math teacher stands in his way of playing sports and graduating. Luckily, Layne, a mousy underclassman, is willing to help tutor Gabriel. But, by getting closer to him, she risks not only her own life, but the life of her deaf brother Simon as well. (KTEEN, Sep., 432 pp., $9.95, ISBN: 9780758272829, PB, 14 & Up)