Teens with paranormal "gifts" need to leave home now. . . .
Homefree (Flux [Llewellyn], 2006) introduces sixteen-year-old Easter Hutton, who just might have the worst mom in the world. Always trying to re-marry for money, Mom can never quite get it right. Now she's hoping her latest slime-ball boyfriend will divorce his wife . . . because Mom is pregnant.
Missing her best friend and her dad—and worried about her mother—Easter doesn't expect to be popular, but she would like to blend in. That proves extra difficult when she starts experiencing involuntary bouts of astral-projection. Easter isn't sure which is worse: these mysterious jaunts or her mom's selfish antics.
Everything changes when Easter is recruited by Homefree, an underground organization devoted to helping teenagers, like herself, with paranormal gifts. Suddenly she doesn't feel like an outsider anymore. Maybe a "normal" life—with real friends and a boyfriend—is possible after all.
Reviews of Homefree:
School Library Journal Review:
WRIGHT, Nina. Homefree. 230p. Flux. 2006. pap. $8.95. ISBN 0-7387-0927-1.
Gr 6 Up--Easter Hutton, 16, an otherwise typical character in teen novels--the disaffected, alienated child of a single, irresponsible parent--develops quickly enough into a determined, if reluctant, heroine, in this unusual paranormal tale. Suddenly, at her new (once again) school, she experiences out-of-body travel to her past, convincing her that she is losing her mind. Then her friend Andrew disappears. The astral episodes seem to become more frequent, and weird; waking dreams take Easter into times and places where she feels she must play a pivotal role, if only she could figure out what it is. Unlikely characters converge in Easter's astral and real worlds as part of the mysterious organization Homefree, which has been set up to help teens in trouble. Crises build, and the protagonist finds herself racing against time, on both planes, to fulfill her role before innocent teens make disastrous, irrevocable moves. This light read is quirky and evocative. The suspense keeps up the pace, and the eccentric characters are just mysterious and alluring enough to hold readers' attention. --Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Author Nina Wright continues to prove that she has a talent for writing. She uses a descriptive flair that helps readers connect with the characters and a sense of humor that adds a few laughs along the way. Homefree is a story filled with imagination and page-turning excitement. And fans can look forward to more mystical adventures with Easter and the Homefree organization --- a sequel is due out in the fall of 2007. --Chris Shanley-Dillman, Author of Finding My Light and The Black Pond, teenreads.com
In Homefree, author Nina Wright creates a wonderful mix of reality and fascinating paranormal activity. Easter's less-than-perfect life is so believable that when the "weird" stuff starts happening, the reader just hangs on and goes along for the ride. This book would be a great addition to any classroom or library. --Sally Kruger, Rating: 5 Stars, teensreadtoo.com
Easter's talents bring her to Homefree, an organization for kids with talents like Easter's. It turns out her old friend Andrew from Atlanta is post-cognitive (he can see people's pasts). A few other people from Easter's past turn out to have paranormal gifts as well, and Easter has to help them all out, even though she's not finished helping herself; could those two be one in the same?
Nina Wright's novel is a quick read and a fun one. Easter is a likeable character, and I hope to see more about her in the future! --Teen Book Review
While I was reading Homefree, I realized that there's a good reason why teenagers, and perhaps all of us, like stories about groups of oddly gifted individuals. Most people feel like outcasts at some point or another in their lives, or at the very least outsiders. What a comfort it would be if someone, say, like the guy in the wheelchair in X-Men or the people in Homefree came along, told us we were special, and provided a safe place for us with other people like ourselves. --Gail Gauthier, Original Content
Sensitive, the Homefree sequel (Flux/Llewellyn, October 2007), follows sixteen-year-old Easter Hutton through her first weeks at Fairless Grove Academy in Old St. Augustine as she discovers what it means to be "sensitive"—able to communicate with the dead. Easter challenges Homefree's Absolute Rules while dealing with her best friend's mental breakdown, her mother's disappearance, and her own sexual awakening.
Reviews of Sensitive:
Now in St. Augustine, Florida, a town filled with quirky residents, rich history, and plenty of supernatural prospects, Easter, Cal, and Andrew have an opportunity to covertly dabble in astral projection, psychokinesis, and post-cognition, despite many rules restricting the use of their talents. Readers will enjoy the story and look forward to another episode. --Heather Booth (Booklist)
Nina Wright delivers another fantastic and fresh book. I was truly pulled into Homefree, and its sequel is even better. There is just something about these books that I love. They are so quirky and original, and I can only hope for more of them. --YA Book Reviews by michelesminionz
Nina Wright has delivered another exciting book about the paranormal mysteries. Readers will connect with the energetic Easter, feeling her blossoming out from under her mother's destructive control, her impatience with school rules, her growing affections for Cal and her worries for Andrew. As Easter delves deeper into the metaphysical world, readers will beg for more, devouring each page quicker than the last. We can only hope that Wright is working on a third! --Chris Shanley-Dillman, teenreads.com
I loved this book. On the last page is the word End. I know it is most likely the last book, but I really enjoyed this series and would recommend it to anyone. I wish there was another one coming out. --reader17 reviews
Funny, chilling and real, despite its paranormal activities, Sensitive moves along briskly and satisfyingly. Filled with kooky and original characters, from the French teacher with fried hair to the blind leader with a crazy talking parrot. Nina Wright will always entertain without fail, and all her books—from the Homefree series to her Whiskey Mattimoe series—are worth picking up. Sensitive is a totally worthy follow-up to the excellent Homefree. --G. Neri, Author of Chess Rumble