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The Leaf Reader (Hardcover)

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Marnie knows she doesn't fit in; she and her brother have been raised by there eccentric grandmother ever since their mother disappeared; and she has taken up reading tea leaves after reading a book found buried on a bookshelf. Soon everyone wants a reading, but when Marnie starts reading signs outside teacups, she finds herself in the middle of solving her town's biggest missing person case. 
A smart, thoughtful tale of suspense... with tea!
— From Shannon's Picks


Emily Arsenault (The Rose Notes) makes her YA debut with a "page-ripping whodunit" about Marnie Wells, who comes face-to-face with the occult when she discovers her ability to read tea leaves might help solve the mystery of a classmate's disappearance.

Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It's not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who's been their guardian since Mom took off is . . . eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows--and hopes everyone else does too--that none of it's real.

Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. He's been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. And while they'd always denied they were romantically involved, a cloud of suspicion now hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association.

Suddenly, the readings seem real. And, despite the fact that they're telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous, she can't shake her initial attraction to him. In fact, it's getting stronger. And that could turn out to be deadly.

About the Author

Emily Arsenault is the author of several literary mysteries, including In Search of the Rose Notes, a Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year; The Broken Teaglass, a New York Times Notable Crime Book; and The Evening Spider. She lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter. The Leaf Reader is her first young adult novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616957827
ISBN-10: 1616957824
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English