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The Art of Saving the World

by Corinne Duyvis

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One girl and her doppelgangers try to stop the end of the world in this YA sci-fi adventure.

When Hazel Stanczak was born, an interdimensional rift tore open near her family's home, which prompted immediate government attention. They soon learned that if Hazel strayed too far, the rift would become volatile and fling things from other dimensions onto their front lawn—or it could swallow up their whole town. As a result, Hazel has never left her small Pennsylvania town, and the government agents garrisoned on her lawn make sure it stays that way. On her sixteenth birthday, though, the rift spins completely out of control. Hazel comes face-to-face with a surprise: a second Hazel. Then another. And another. Three other Hazels from three different dimensions! Now, for the first time, Hazel has to step into the world to learn about her connection to the rift—and how to close it. But is Hazel—even more than one of her—really capable of saving the world?

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"The representation of mental health issues is at times so painfully accurate that the novel becomes difficult to read but at the same time, impossible to put down...A midnovel twist takes the standard chosen-one plot formula and tips it on its head...A compelling narrative based around the subversion of generic fantasy and science fiction fodder." - Kirkus Reviews

"Duyvis' rich, layered character development—grounded in Hazel's raw, first-person perspective—offers an authentic exploration of questioning sexuality and asexuality, what makes us who we are, and what our responsibilities are to ourselves and to others." - Booklist

"The main characters are unique and empowering, and sure to entertain. Duyvis is a cofounder of the website Disability in Kidlit and the creator of the #OwnVoices hashtag. This is a fast-paced adventure story with the perfect mix of fantasy and coming-of-age realistic fiction." - School Library Journal

"Duyvis capably balances a zippy sci-fi plot that barrels along at a breathless pace with an intriguing look at how one girl in five different worlds could be both the same and different" - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Corinne Duyvis

Corinne Duyvis is the critically acclaimed author of young adult novels Otherbound, which Kirkus called "original and compelling; a stunning debut," and On the Edge of Gone, which Publishers Weekly called "a riveting apocalyptic thriller with substantial depth" and which won the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award. She is also the author of the original Marvel prose novel Guardians of the Galaxy: Collect Them All. Corinne hails from the Netherlands. She is a co-founder of the website Disability in Kidlit and the originator of the #ownvoices hashtag.

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