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White Cat

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White Cat

The Curse Workers Series, Book 1
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail—he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail—he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.
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  • Holly Black's first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens and has been translated into twelve languages. Her second teen novel, Valiant, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, was a New York Times bestseller. Look for Valiant and the Spiderwick books available on audio from Listening Library. Visit her online at blackholly.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from April 12, 2010
    In this beautifully realized dark fantasy, which launches Black’s Curse Workers series, Cassel Sharpe is a talented con artist who works as a bookie at his snooty prep school. But skilled as Cassel is, it’s nothing compared to the rest of his family, who are curse workers, able to control people’s memories, luck, or emotions with the touch of a finger (curse work is illegal, and all citizens wear gloves to safeguard against being taken advantage of). Three years ago Cassel murdered a friend, the daughter of a crime lord, and now, not by coincidence, he’s having nightmares about a white cat (“It leaned over me, inhaling sharply, as if it was going to suck the breath from my lungs”) and sleepwalking on the roof of his dormitory. Complex plots unfold around Cassel, and he eventually realizes that he can’t even rely on his own memory. With prose that moves from stark simplicity to almost surreal intensity in a moment, Black (Ironside
    ) has created a believable alternate America where mobsters are magicians and no one is entirely trustworthy. Ages 14–up.

  • AudioFile Magazine Cassel Sharpe is a grifter, a member of one of the East Coast mobster-like families of curse workers (magicians). Jesse Eisenberg vibrantly portrays the boy's confusion over his bouts of sleepwalking, his self-loathing over a hushed-up childhood incident, his irritation at being bullied by his older brothers, his excitement when conning a mark, and his ambivalence at being suspended from private high school. Whether Cassel is explaining betting odds to his roommate or trying to put together a masterful and dangerous con, Eisenberg's skills at increasing tension allow listeners to suspend disbelief and immerse themselves in this smart and fresh approach to the paranormal genre. C.B.L (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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