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Thin Places
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Thin Places
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A dazzling story told in verse, of sixteen-year-old Declan Lynch and the girl whose centuries-old voice rings in his head.
One day, Declan Lynch, a regular teenager, starts hearing a girl’s voice inside his head. Eventually, he even begins to see her. Though he’s not certain the girl, Rebecca, is real, Declan finds himself falling for her. She shows him visions of places and people he has never seen — places he feels compelled to find in hopes of meeting her.
His quest takes him to County Sligo, Ireland, and its “thin places,” spots where two worlds, two times or places, seem almost to touch. His slightly crazy Uncle Seamus takes him in, as Declan’s search has him wondering which world he belongs in — his, or the one belonging to a girl who might not even be real.
A dazzling story told in verse, of sixteen-year-old Declan Lynch and the girl whose centuries-old voice rings in his head.
One day, Declan Lynch, a regular teenager, starts hearing a girl’s voice inside his head. Eventually, he even begins to see her. Though he’s not certain the girl, Rebecca, is real, Declan finds himself falling for her. She shows him visions of places and people he has never seen — places he feels compelled to find in hopes of meeting her.
His quest takes him to County Sligo, Ireland, and its “thin places,” spots where two worlds, two times or places, seem almost to touch. His slightly crazy Uncle Seamus takes him in, as Declan’s search has him wondering which world he belongs in — his, or the one belonging to a girl who might not even be real.
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  • Lesley Choyce is the author of over ninety books. His previous verse novel, Jeremy Stone, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize, and the Ann Connor Brimer Award.

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  • Kirkus

    June 1, 2017
    Feeling increasingly isolated from the world, 16-year-old Declan Lynch falls for a girl whose voice he hears in his mind.From a young age, Declan has heard voices in his head. Though his New Age-y mother tries to help him manage his situation, Declan constantly clashes with his science-driven (and extremely hostile) father because of it. The actual story kicks off when Declan begins to hear the voice of a girl named Rebecca. As she shows him visions of unfamiliar landscapes and people, Declan retreats further inward, fearing that their connection is weakening and thus becoming determined to meet the mysterious girl. Soon he flies to Ireland for answers and reconnects with his offbeat uncle Seamus. Choyce devotes much of the novel's first half to defining Declan's Irish roots, contrasting Declan's immigrant father's distaste for his homeland with Declan's journey of self-discovery in Ireland. Declan scours the Irish seaside in hopes of finding a "thin place," a sacred spot where the physical and spiritual worlds meet. Once he does find it--and Rebecca--the story takes a bizarre turn, ending on a beautifully melancholic note. However, occasionally stilted language pops in throughout the story to break the lyrical rhythm of the free-verse text. The romance element builds at an unbelievable pace, and the rather odd characterizations of mental health seem misplaced. More baffling still is the author's choice to use the specter of a school shooting as a plot device to get Declan to Ireland. Poignant at times but ultimately a frustrating read. (Verse fiction. 14-18)

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    July 1, 2017

    Gr 8 Up-This novel in verse focuses on the relationship between 16-year-old Declan Lynch and the surprising new voice in his head. He hears a young woman who introduces herself as Rebecca, and she claims to have been looking for him. Declan falls in love with her almost immediately and without much just cause. While he has heard voices in the past, his conversations with Rebecca feel different. Declan tells a trusted friend and his parents about his experience, though his father remains insensitive about Declan's mental health. Through a series of images provided by Rebecca, the protagonist comes to understand that he must travel to Ireland to find her. Once Declan arrives in Ireland to stay with his uncle Seamus, readers will feel more invested in the teen's journey. His uncle helps him travel around the island to search for the mystery girl. Celtic mythology plays an important role in the plot, especially in the titular "thin places," where the spirit realm meets the physical world. The discussion of mental illness is not particularly nuanced, and while Declan has a support system, not much is offered in the way of hope by the story's end. The poetry is simple and highly readable, which will appeal to teens looking for accessible modern fantasy. VERDICT A fine addition for YA shelves.-Gretchen Hardin, Sterling Municipal Library, Baytown, TX

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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