The Elementals by Saundra Mitchell

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Frequent point-of-view shifts and a certain floridness in Mitchell’s prose make it difficult to care about the characters, and uneven pacing means that some characters get far too much page time for their importance to the plot.
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Kate Witherspoon has lived a bohemian life with her artist parents. In 1917, the new art form of the motion picture is changing entertainment—and Kate is determined to become a director.

     Meanwhile, midwestern farm boy Julian Birch has inherited the wanderlust that fueled his parents’ adventures. A childhood bout with polio has left him crippled, but he refuses to let his disability define him.

     Strangers driven by a shared vision, Kate and Julian set out separately for Los Angeles, the city of dreams. There, they each struggle to find their independence. When they finally meet, the teenage runaways realize their true magical legacy: the ability to triumph over death, and over time. But as their powerful parents before them learned, all magic comes with a price.

 

About Saundra Mitchell

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Saundra Mitchell is a screenwriter and author. Her companion novels The Vespertine, The Springsweet, and The Elementals have been praised for their rich historical settings, evocative language, and heart-pounding romance. Her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, was a 2010 Edgar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALAN Pick. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and her two children. Visit her website at www.saundramitchell.com.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 307 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Mar 27 2013

Frequent point-of-view shifts and a certain floridness in Mitchell’s prose make it difficult to care about the characters, and uneven pacing means that some characters get far too much page time for their importance to the plot.

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