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by Elle Cosimano
John "Smoke" Conlan is in a juvenile rehabilitation facility for a murder that he didn't commit. The jury went easy on him, considering he had just been released from the hospital after his father had killed him. Having being brought back to life after being dead for eight minutes has left John with a gift; one he uses to his full advantage at the "Y", the Greater Denver Youth Offender Rehabilitation Center.
Smoke has earned his nickname by using his new gift to gather information. You see, Smoke can leave his body. He can travel through walls, past guards and around barriers. He is happy to let this gift keep him alive and out of trouble at the Y, a place where he is safe, as long as he has information to trade for that security. But then, while digging up information for another inmate, he stumbles upon someone who can both see and hear him in this altered state. Meeting Pink changes everything. Now he has to get out.
Holding Smoke is a fresh story that will appeal to readers of all ages. Part fantasy, part realistic fiction, I think this is a book that will cross genres. I have ordered it for my middle school library, and think it would work in high school as well. Smoke has a voice that I think many teens will relate to, and even some adults!