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List Price:
12 to 14
7 to 9
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-441-9
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When fifteen-year-old Zoe Mahar steps into Spencerport Savings and Loan, all she wants is to get out of the rain. Instead, she finds herself caught in the middle of a bank robbery gone horrifyingly wrong. Luckily, Zoe isn’t an ordinary teenager. She has a unique ability to time travel back 23 minutes—enough time, she hopes, to play back the robbery and save the lives of the bank customers, particularly the handsome stranger who went out of his way to be kind to her. But if Zoe’s life in foster care has taught her anything, it’s that things rarely turn out the way she wants. Every playback creates an even more disastrous outcome, and Zoe has only ten tries to get it right before this particular 23 minutes becomes irreversible.   Original and compelling, here is a fast-paced, emotional suspense novel sure to keep readers at the edges of their seats.


"(W)ith new details in each playback, a gradual explanation of Zoe’s background, and a slowly forming bond between Zoe and Daniel, readers will remain engaged and invested in the story line…. For middle school and early high school fans of speculative fiction." —School Library Journal

"Blue-haired Zoe Mahar ducks into a bank to escape a downpour and comes face to face with a robber who's not afraid to use his gun. The violent encounter leaves two people dead, including a friendly young man who shields Zoe from a bullet. But Zoe, 15, has a special ability to turn back the clock 23 minutes just by saying "playback," allowing her to change the outcome of events….Vande Velde brilliantly opens the novel… Zoe comes across as a clever girl with a sense of humor about her own opinionated nature. A gripping page-turner for time fantasy enthusiasts." —Kirkus Reviews 

“(G)ripping from the start… Zoe is a compelling heroine in a tense situation... an ideal option for reluctant readers—they’ll dive in in spite of themselves and likely find it hard to put down.” –The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[Zoe] can travel back in time—within limits. She can play back exactly twenty-three minutes and can redo the same time block up to ten times….Just when she thinks she has things figured out, in the next rerun of those not-quite-the-same twenty-three minutes, a fresh revelation clobbers her. Velde strengthens the tension with a third-person point of view that allows readers to be clobbered more deliciously at a distance." —VOYA Magazine