White Cat

. 310p. 978-1-41696-396-7.
Cassel Sharpe is a lot of things-a prep student, a con artist, a bookie, and possibly a murderer-but he knows that he is not a curse worker. In a world similar to our own, curse workers represent the small percentage of the population that can work magic with the touch of a hand: controlling emotions, telling fortunes, making people remember or forget, and, rarest of all, bringing about transformation. Cassel is the only nonworker in his family, and what a family! Mom is in prison, and everyone else curse works for the Zacharov crime syndicate. Then Cassel has dreams that upend his worldview. In them, a white cat tells him that he did not murder his best friend (Zacharov's daughter, Lila) years before and that he could be the most powerful worker in generations. Combining magic, cons, lies within lies, and a healthy dose of mob activity, this work is the first in a new series from Black, a master of teen urban fantasy. Angelina Benedetti, "13 Going on 30", Booksmack! 10/21/10
Cassel Sharpe's family of curse workers (people whose touch can control others) treat him as an outsider. Cassel confronts family secrets that reveal truths about himself--and a murder he can't fully remember committing. Out-conning the mob leads Cassel on an exciting journey that will have readers on the lookout for future series installments.
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