When Hal, Callie, and Nia first met Amanda Valentino, they had no idea their lives were about to change. But Zoe did. Zoe knew exactly the kind of effect Amanda would have on Endeavor High because, a long time ago and far away, Zoe and Amanda had been friends.
As Zoe and the other guides follow Amanda's trail on a wild scavenger hunt, they learn that the real reason Amanda chose them is rooted in their pasts, tied up with a sinister program their parents went through. They've each developed strange abilities as a result, but even as they master these powers, the same people who are searching for Amanda are circling closer and closer. . . .
Now it is a race against time to find Amanda—before their pursuers find them.
When Amanda Valentino went into hiding, Nia, Callie, and Hal were shocked to learn that everything they thought they knew about her was false, even her name. But from the clues she leaves behind, they discover the danger that forced her to lie and then drove her underground. Despite the risks, her friends are determined to help Amanda.
Following their latest lead, Nia unearths a series of mysterious symbols scattered throughout town. It’s a code used by the secret organization that is hunting Amanda and proves just how powerful and far-reaching the group is. Luckily Nia, Callie, and Hal are not alone, as a new player emerges from the shadows to join their search. But will it be enough? All they know is that Amanda chose them for a reason and there’s no going back now. . . .
This title has Common Core connections.
Callie Leary has exactly one thing, and one thing only, in common with Nia Rivera and Hal Bennett: They were each chosen by Amanda to be her guide. When Amanda arrived at Endeavor High, she told Callie she moves around a lot and always picks one person to help her navigate the choppy waters of a new school. Why did Amanda lie?
Following a course that they suspect Amanda deliberately plotted, Callie, Nia, and Hal piece together some cryptic clues. But they find more questions than answers and quickly realize that before they can figure out what happened to Amanda—the girl who changed their lives—they'll need to solve the most important mystery of all: Who is Amanda Valentino?
The paperback edition includes an exclusive interview with the author and a list of discussion questions for book clubs.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
Edgar Award nominee for YA
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title
Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book
Horn Book Fanfare title
TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick