(US: 1st May 2012)
NOTE: Pippa Dee is the open pseudonym for adult crime fiction author P. D. Martin, who’s published with Pan Macmillan (Australia) and Mira (US/UK).
Fourteen-year-olds Sasha, Andy, and Justine become entangled with an ancient curse, and must race against time to save each other from the deadly virus.
This fast-paced middle-grade futuristic urban fantasy adventure should appeal to junior high students with its blend of technology, the paranormal, and warriors. It’s also a tale of forging friendships and fighting for one’s tribe. And for young teacher Ms Brown, it’s about turning a curse into a gift, and mentoring the new generation of Others.
The Wanderer is just plain clever. An electronic virus causing a physiological virus? Genius! That’s what gives the novel its futuristic edge, though more of the future in the world-building would’ve been appreciated.