Impossible by Nancy Werlin

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A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin

Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?

About Nancy Werlin

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NANCY WERLIN was born in Massachusetts, where she still lives. In writing for teenagers, she always strives to combine the emotional intensity of a coming-of-age story with the page-turning tension of a suspense thriller. Nancya (TM)s books have won numerous awards and accolades, including the Edgar award for The Killera (TM)s Cousin, which was also named one of the a oe100 Best of the Best for the 21st Centurya by the American Library Association. Her most recent book, The Rules of Survival, was a National Book Award Finalist. Visit her web site at
Published August 11, 2009 by Speak. 385 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this modern-day fairy tale, 17-year-old Lucy and her loved ones apply 21st-century rationality to their quest to escape an ancient curse.

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Unlike past generations of women in her family, Lucy has love and support on her journey to end the curse that makes Scarborough women crazy (literally) on the birth of their first child.

Apr 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Impossible

The Bookbag

The only fly in the ointment is Miranda Scarborough, Lucy's birth mother who, having given birth to Lucy at eighteen, promptly went mad and vanished from Lucy's life leaving her in the care of Leo and Soledad MarKowitz.

Apr 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Impossible

Suite 101

Boy is a coming of age story for every ordinary teenage girl.

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Teen Reads

Lucy bands together with her foster parents and Zach to successfully complete the tasks and break the curse once and for all.Edgar Award winner and National Book Award finalist Nancy Werlin has created an intriguing and amazing tale.

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Common Sense Media

Lucy's teenage friend refers to her own sexual experience with an ex-boyfriend before offering to answer any of Lucy's questions (nothing explicit).

Sep 17 2008 | Read Full Review of Impossible

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Teen Writers Blog

The story takes place in present day Massachusetts and because initially the plot has elements that could be a part of any realistic YA novel — prom night, track practice, falling in love with your best friend —the incorporation of the magical elements of the tale and their stark contrast to the ...

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