Crossing Over by Anna Kendall

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Roger Kilbourne has the ability to "cross over" into the land of the dead and speak with its residents. It is a startling gift, and not a pleasant one. Roger manages to escape his brutal uncle, who has exploited his talents for years; after he gets a job in the palace laundry, he thinks he will be safe. Instead, there are worse dangers. First, he falls hopelessly in love with the bewitching, willful Lady Cecilia; next, he is pulled into the midst of life-threatening court intigue. Soon Roger is using his gift as a way to get the life he dreams of-even if it means bringing the dead back to the land of the living.


About Anna Kendall

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Anna Kendall was born in Ireland and emigrated with her parents to the United States at age twelve. For several years she taught fourth grade. Anna lives in Seattle, where she plays a lot of chess. Crossing Over is her first novel.
Published October 14, 2010 by Viking Children's. 356 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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An imaginative dark fantasy is marred by opaque worldbuilding and clunky characterization.

Oct 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Crossing Over


Authentic and true to the world it takes place in, Crossing Over will leave readers looking at their own world in a different light.

Sep 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Crossing Over

The Bookbag

Summary: Roger can cross over into the Country of the Dead, and there are plenty of people to take advantage of his talent.

Dec 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Crossing Over

Starburst Magazine

However, unlike Hobb’s work, Kendall has a looser grip on her world, and many of the situations the hero of Crossing Over encounters seem overly contrived and slightly jarring;

May 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Crossing Over

Strange Horizons

However, Roger says he's always found that only country folk believe that some people can cross over, which seems to be verified when we later find that the Queen's consort has long insisted that crossing over is just a country superstition.

Oct 08 2010 | Read Full Review of Crossing Over

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