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By (author): Carolyn O'Doherty
9781684373727 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (US) from 7 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Time Travel Oct 29, 2019
$11.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 0.68 in 272 pages Boyd Mills Press Boyds Mills Press
In this unique, fast-paced twist on the time-travel genre and the first book in a trilogy, sixteen-year-old Alex is a spinner—one of a rare few who can rewind time to review past events. Alex’s society uses spinners to help solve crimes, but their powers come with a price: no spinner ever lives past the age of twenty.

Hated and feared because of their ability to find the truth, the small population of spinners is restricted to Centers—compounds created to house and protect them. Alex’s society uses the spinners’ skills to solve major crimes, but messing with time comes with consequences. At sixteen, Alex is in her prime—until time sickness strikes early. When she is offered an experimental treatment, Alex sees a future for herself for the first time. But the promising medication offers more than just a cure—it also brings with it alarming consequences.

Series Overview: A mix of time travel, mystery, and crime fiction with “a whiff of endearing romance” creates gripping and unsual fast-paced adventures.

EXCELLENT REVIEWS FOR THE HARDCOVER EDITION, including: “The fast-paced plot…a likable, multiethnic supporting cast and a whiff of endearing romance round out this promising debut. A twisty and satisfying page-turner.”—Kirkus Reviews

A GRIPPING, FAST-PACED ADVENTURE: This mix of time travel, mystery, and crime fiction creates a gripping and unusual fast-paced adventure that is impossible to put down.

“CLEAN TEEN” YA: Perfect for the younger segment of YA—this novel is full of drama, intrigue, and high-stakes adventure, but it’s not edgy or salacious.

FIRST TITLE IN A TRILOGY: Written by a debut author, this is the first title in a trilogy—UNLEASHED (Book 2) is releasing Fall 2019 with the paperback edition scheduled for Spring 2020; Book 3 has already been planned by the author.

GIRL PROTAGONISTS ARE TRENDING: Trilogies starring girl protagonists with special powers are perennially popular, as evidenced by the success of the Wake series by Lisa McMann, the Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and the Numbers series by Rachel Ward. Rewind has the same teen appeal, but adds a fresh twist to ensure it stands out.

Carolyn O’Doherty received her MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two teenage sons. This is her debut novel. Visit

Author Residence: Portland, Oregon

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“This debut set amid the backdrop of Portland, OR, will not disappoint teens interested in fast-paced, supernatural science fiction. Human experimentation, crime investigation, and test of friendships will keep readers engaged and asking important questions about science. This book has good character growth with a strong female antagonist. A great quick pick for reluctant readers.” –School Library Journal

“The fast-paced plot, …(a) likable, multiethnic supporting cast and a whiff of endearing romance round out this promising debut. A twisty and satisfying page-turner.” –Kirkus Reviews

“O’Doherty’s debut drops readers into (the) world of spinners…Her pacing is impeccable; readers will keep turning pages.…(and) will certainly be willing to return to the spinner world.” -Booklist

“O’Doherty’s debut novel skillfully builds a world where…time travel is vivid and believable, and the police thriller aspect makes it exciting. Even reluctant readers will be drawn into this story.” - School Library Connection

“(An) intriguing sci-fi thriller…(with) a solid premise, memorable characters, and a fast-paced plot…this is a worthwhile setup for future installments in the proposed trilogy.” –Publishers Weekly
“The suspense and tension mount to the final page of this debut novel…Great pacing, well-developed characters, and time travel combined with crime solving ensures a broad audience, none of whom will be disappointed.” - VOYA

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