Walker Books 2014 $19.99pb 461pp
ISBN 978 1 9221 7962 3
Themes: DNA/ Fantasy/ Grief/ Love stories/ Magical realism
An unknown killer is stalking her best friend – the aftermath of a now decades old experiment that went horribly wrong. All seventeen-year-old Evie wants is to be able to grieve for her dead mother and to perhaps catch the eye of the wonderful Jamie. But Evie is a Sheild and she doesn’t have a choice. Tense and accessible writing and a popular story line has made this a book that girls from 12 up have been queuing for (I haven’t heard if it has had the same effect on boys) since it came out last month. Two more titles will complete the trilogy – Book Two Stray and Book Three Shield.
Rachael Craw studied classics and drama at the University of Canterbury and now lives with her husband and three daughters in Nelson. More information from her website: www.rachaelcraw.com