Megan Crewe (www.megancrewe.com) finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and three cats (and does on occasion say "eh"); she tutors teens with special needs; and-thankfully-the worst virus she's caught so far is the garden variety flu. She is also the author of "Give Up the Ghost."
Gr 7 Up-Kaelyn, 16, returns to her Canadian island home after living for a time in Toronto. She finds that things have changed and she misses her former best friend, Leo, who now is in school on the mainland. She regrets their fight and starts a diary to share her thoughts until she can set things straight with him. But that time may never come because a strange virus begins to attack island residents, and Kaelyn becomes very involved in its progress because of her father's works as a microbiologist. Her diary entries reflect how fear and paranoia slowly take over, both on the part of the government and the residents. Acts of hoarding and stealing escalate into attacks and even the killing of some of those who are sick in the hope of containing the disease. While Kaelyn looses much that she holds dear, she also forms new bonds of friendship and finds an inner strength she didn't know she possessed. Sisi Aisha Johnson narrates Megan Crewe's novel (Hyperion, 2012), giving Kaelyn a slight accent that sets her location apart and brings out the personalities of the other characters.-Edie Ching, University of Maryland, College Park (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.