For Ages: 12 and up
The world’s safest town might actually be a deadly kind of dangerous. And Nica Ashley is about to learn the hard way.

Nica Ashley is accustomed to traveling the globe with her journalist mother, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows, she’s in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There’s even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents.

On Nica’s first day at school, she meets Jackson Winters and finds out he went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash—and the next morning the power has gone out and all the birds are dead.

But secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and some of her friends discover they now have abilities best described as “super,” they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442431287 | 
  • August 2013 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
List Price $17.99
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Mark H. Kruger

Mark H. Kruger is a screen and TV writer specializing in edge-of-your-seat thrillers and supernatural suspense. He has contributed to many television series and movies, but is best known for having written and produced for The 4400, Necessary Roughness, and the upcoming Damien, and for working with filmmakers Clive Barker and Wes Craven. Mark lives in Los Angeles and is the author of Overpowered and Overtaken.