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Broken Circle

co-written with M.A. Powers

• Winner of the Writers’ League of Texas’s Discovery Prize Winner for Middle Grade/Young Adult!

“The Powerses’ worldbuilding and writing will keep [readers] hooked. They will find themselves questioning what is fact and what is fiction and cheering Adam on as he journeys in this new, strange world. A gripping, philosophical paranormal thriller.”
Kirkus Reviews

“In this intriguing tale of life and death (literally, there are soul guides and a grim reaper), siblings J. L. and M. A. Powers explore the intersections of fear and power in relation to limbo, as Adam and his newfound friends try to become everything they are supposed to be....[This] will keep readers on the edge of their seats, wanting more—which is good, considering this is the first

of a series.”
Booklist

“Fans of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare will enjoy this series starter.”
School Library Journal

“You won’t want to put this one down: it’s Hogwarts for soul guides, with family rivalries and developing powers aplenty. The writing flows and the characters have a rich depth to them, even with their own secrets that we may or may not find out before this volume ends. Thank goodness it’s the first in a series; I have more to look forward to and so will you. Give this to your Gaiman fans, for sure; hand it to your Potterheads that are ready to meet a new group of friends. Give it to your readers that enjoy seeing life from a different point of view.”
Mom Read It

“Broken Circle’s exacting mix of myth, science and the paranormal discloses that the whole world’s destiny is at stake if powers and abilities like Adam’s fall into the wrong, crepuscular hands. The Powerses have placed a sympathetic kid and his crew bravely in the midst of some very big questions (it’s OK to think Harry Potter). What happens gives a different spin to everything on Earth and whatever may come after.”
The Center for Fiction / Junior Edition Column

“A very entertaining read.”
Read Explore Repeat

“This novel was well constructed and rich in detail. The characters are well rounded and realistic...I enjoyed this novel very much and am excited for the next book in the series. I would recommend this novel to fans of Reaper fiction and any fantasy.”
Life My Way

Broken Circle is perfect for anyone who has ever been intrigued by figures of death (like the Grim Reaper, or the Underworld), enjoys YA fiction, and also likes boarding school settings.”
Utopia State of Mind

“If paranormal is your thing...give this one a try.”
Reading Through Life

“Adam can’t even grow a man beard yet, but he can do something his friends can’t do—go to Limbo and back. Prepare to root for him as he makes new friends, discovers who he is, and saves a few souls in the process. This is a

fast-paced, page-turning story!”
Skila Brown, author of Caminar

“With a perfect balance of real-world and mythical, Adam’s story explores life, death, and everything in between. Anyone looking for a thoughtful take on life’s big questions will find it here, paired with fresh details, a fast-moving story, and bold world building.”
Amy Rose Capetta, author of Entangled

Interest Level: 9–up | Grade Level: HS–adult | Lexile Level: 660 | Guided Reading Level/F&P: Z+

Adam wants nothing more than to be a “normal” teen, but his reality is quickly leaking normal. Afraid to sleep because of the monster that stalks his dreams, Adam’s breakdown at school in front of his crush Sarah lands him in the hospital. As he struggles to cope with his day-to-day life, Adam can only vaguely comprehend some sort of future. His mother died when he was only four and his eccentric father—who might be an assassin, a voodoo god, the reincarnation of the Buddha, or something even stranger—is never available when Adam really needs him. Even his paranoid grandfather, who insists that people are “out to kill the entire family,” is no help. Adam’s life takes an even weirder turn when a fat man with a gold tooth and a medallion confronts his father regarding Adam’s supposed “True Destiny.” Adam is soon headed toward a collision with life, death, and the entities charged with shepherding souls of the newly dead, all competing to control lucrative territories where some nightmares are real and psychopomps of ancient legends walk the streets of North America.

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© 2021 by Jessica Powers.