Marilyn Kaye is a best-selling American author. Her Replica series, about a genetically altered clone (Random House USA, Hodder UK) ran to over twenty titles and was an international success. Among her other series are Camp Sunnyside Friends, After School Club , Out of This World and Last on Earth. She lives in Paris.
Gr 6-9-School is hard enough without being gifted-and no, not gifted like a 2400 on the SATs. It's a completely different sort. On the surface, Amanda Beeson is the coolest girl at Meadowbrook Middle School, the unrivaled Queen Bee. Who would have guessed that she unintentionally body snatches, taking full control of anyone she feels sorry for? To her disgust, she finds herself living as Tracey, a nerdy nobody. Through Tracey's body, Amanda discovers the school's population of assorted freaks, a future fortune-teller, a sixth-senser, and others. Better Late Than Never continues the rapid page turning of Out of Sight. Jenna, a tough cookie who is able to read minds, meets a man who claims to be her father. Should she give in and finally trust someone, or is he someone to be feared? Kaye draws her readers in from the get-go, satisfying them in each book, but leaving them wanting more. Strong female characters take the lead in each title, but the author also brings in perspectives of the other "gifted" students throughout. Both selections are fast paced and entangling, giving them wide appeal, particularly for reluctant readers.-Emily Chornomaz, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.