Gates of Thread and Stone

1 MP3-CD. 9 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2014. $9.99. ISBN 9781491525494.
Gr 7 Up—In this debut fantasy, 17-year-old orphan Kai struggles to earn credits that will help her rise above her station. Kai has a special ability, which the author chooses to reveal slowly—she can manipulate time. Reev is an older orphan boy who rescued Kai when she was eight years old and adopted her. They remain close, and it's this bond that drives Kai to search for Reev when he goes missing, even if it means getting caught up in a revolution. The suspense builds as Kai wrestles with her developing feelings for Avan, the shopkeeper's son. Jessica Almasy does an excellent job of portraying Kai, and her reading will have listeners rapt until the end. Teens will wonder about the final outcome of the relationship between Kai and Avan and will look forward to the sequel.—Sheila Acosta, San Antonio Public Library, TX

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