White Cat (The Curse Workers 1)
Cassel is cursed. Cursed by the memory of the fourteen year old girl he murdered. Life at school is a constant trial. Life at home even worse. No-one at home is ever going to forget that Cassel is a killer. No-one at home is ever going to forget that he isn’t a magic worker.
Cassel’s family are one of the big five crime families in America. Ever since magic was prohibited in 1929 magic workers have been driven underground and into crime. And while people still need their touch, their curses, their magical killings, their transformations, times have been hard. His granddad has been driven to drink, his mother is in prison and his brothers detest him as the only one of their family who can’t do magic.
But there is a secret at the center of Cassel’s family and he’s about to inherit it. It’s terrifying and that’s the truth. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen.
White Cat was on the Massachusetts Book Award Must-Read List for 2010, and Texas’s Tayshas Reading List for 2012. It was nominated for the 2011 Andre Norton Award, and for the Best Hero category of the Indigo Teen Read Awards in 2010.
Fans of the author will revel in the sophisticated and slightly-more-realistic-than-usual approach…fascinating and carefully developed characters, and lush setting descriptions.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Dangerously, darkly gorgeous fantasy.
—Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series
…the polish of a noir thriller.
—New York Times Book Review
Teens will empathize with Cassel’s desire to fit in and his occasional clashes with his family while rooting for him to unravel the conspiracy.
—School Library Journal