cover image Edie in Between

Edie in Between

Laura Sibson. Viking, $18.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-451-48114-6

Athletic, logical, white rising high school junior Edie Mitchell, 17, rejected her inherited magic three years ago. But after her mother dies and Edie moves from Baltimore to her maternal grandmother GG’s houseboat in tiny Cedar Branch, Md., her birthright has become more difficult to deny, especially with her ancestors’ ghosts always hovering nearby. When Edie inadvertently awakens a malevolent spirit, she must rely on two new friends and her mother’s diary—written when she was 18, a year before Edie’s birth—plus a scavenger hunt that her mother left behind to understand her familial inheritance and embrace her true self. Alternating between Edie’s perspective and her mother’s 2003 journal entries, Sibson (The Art of Breaking Things) deftly mirrors their experiences with parental loss and personality elements, adding emotional depth to the tender depiction of grief while allowing two romances to develop: one leading to Edie’s conception, and the other a sweet first for Edie, who feels sparks of attraction for the first time with occultist Rhia, who is Black. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)