Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas, in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul.
Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. And when a crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.
About the Author
Dia is a librarian currently living in Irving, Texas.
Poor Hanna has had a seriously rough adolescence. It's hard enough for her to accept the death of her beloved father and to manage her escalating mental illness, but when she shows up in the hometown of her mother (whom she's never met), she discovers that her mother wants nothing to do with her. What's more, the town itself has doors that open between worlds, often releasing evil forces onto the residents. Since Hanna has nowhere else to go, her mother agrees to let her stay, if she can prove that she can fit into this guarded, hostile town that considers outsiders merely fresh meat for monsters. Reeves immediately establishes a mysterious, disorienting perspective by allowing Hanna (who hallucinates conversations with her father but, as far as the reader is permitted to know, can also conjure up a swan whose actions impact the actual world) to be the only narrative voice describing the town of Portero and Hanna's efforts to settle into it. The resulting novel is wonderfully baffling,
For Ages: 15+ years old
For Grades: 9 - 12
Number Of Pages: 454
Published: 1st January 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Dimensions (cm): 20.93 x 14.148 x 3.251
Weight (kg): 0.404