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The Possible

by Tara Altebrando

The Possible by Tara Altebrando
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2017
    304 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Another twisty psychological suspense from the author of The Leaving, where a teen searches for answers about her mother's dark history, telekinesis, and the power of will.

What if ... no one knows the truth about you? It's been thirteen years since Kaylee's biological mother, Crystal, once infamous for her supposed telekinetic ability, got a life sentence for killing Kaylee's little brother in a fit of telekinetic rage. Today, Kaylee's living a normal life with her adoptive parents and almost never thinks of Crystal. Until a woman shows up on Kaylee's doorstep, asking to interview her for a podcast about her mother. Was the whole telekinesis thing a hoax, or does Crystal have some kind of special powers? Is it possible that Kaylee has them, too? It would certainly explain some of the stranger things that have happened to her over the years.

What if ... she did the interview? Met her mother for the first time since the trial? Can her mother prove she can make things happen with her mind? Can Kaylee do the same? And what if she has been doing it, all along? As the podcast begins airing, everyone in Kaylee's life - everyone in the country - is hearing this dark history and asking questions that even Kaylee has never dared ask herself.

The Possible is a twisty, surprising story, and an exploration of the power of our own minds, the power of will, and how our histories define us ... or not.

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"Starred Review. Altebrando nails the staccato delivery of popular investigative podcasts like Serial ... Extremely effective in landing emotional punches ... Taut and thoroughly gripping." - Publishers Weekly

"A fast-paced thriller ... Fans of true-crime podcasts especially will feel right at home." - Booklist

"This gripping tale, full of unexpected twists and turns, will intrigue readers who enjoy psychological thrillers with a touch of the paranormal." - School Library Journal

"A narrative deaf to adoption's difficult complexities: the ties that may no longer bind but never disappear." - Kirkus

"The juicy premise is enough to draw mystery/crime fans, and Altebrando unspools details with a deft hand." - BCCB

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Tara Altebrando is the author of several middle grade and teen novels, including The Leaving and Roomies, an ALA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, co-written with Sara Zarr. She lives in New York City with her family.

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