Hannah's Touch

Hannah's Touch

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by Laura Langston
     
 

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When sixteen-year-old Hannah gets stung, she rises out of her body, where she's greeted by her dead boyfriend, Logan, and a loving but unseen presence. She wants to stay with them. They say no. She must go back. There's something she must do. But Hannah can't figure out what it is. Nor can she make sense of the weird things happening around her. Since the sting, she

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When sixteen-year-old Hannah gets stung, she rises out of her body, where she's greeted by her dead boyfriend, Logan, and a loving but unseen presence. She wants to stay with them. They say no. She must go back. There's something she must do. But Hannah can't figure out what it is. Nor can she make sense of the weird things happening around her. Since the sting, she seems to have the ability to heal. Hannah doesn't know what to think. And then she faces another challenge: Logan has a purpose in mind for her new gift. And it's a purpose Hannah can't bear to face.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Over a year after his death, Hannah is still mourning the loss of her boyfriend Logan. She is angry at her friends, particularly Ted, who she holds responsible for Logan's drunk-driving accident. She also blames herself for not trying harder to stop Logan from driving. She desperately holds on to Logan's St. Christopher Medal much as she holds on to his memory. A bee sting on a sunny day, however, changes her life. Hannah has a near-death, out-of-body experience following a severe allergic reaction. She hears Logan's voice asking her to do something, but she is not sure what he means. Strangely, Hannah discovers that after touching a crippled dog it can walk. Doubting this ability at first, she finally is convinced that her touch is healing, but now she simply feels freakish. Hannah struggles with her anger and grief as she comes to realize what it is that Logan wants, and, finally, she is able to heal herself. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
CM Magazine
"Hannah narrates the magic realism of her experiences with a sarcastic wit that adds humour to the book...The low vocabulary format does not inhibit Langston's ability to intricately and realistically convey the lingering emotions following a traumatic loss and the paralyzing effect of guilt and anger...Recommended."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee
"With a topic that is acceptable for children of many ages, this book would be a good addition to a middle or high school Orca Soundings collection."
TeensReadToo.com
"Offers a quick glimpse into the world of miracles. It's an easy, fast read most teens will enjoy."
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"While still dealing with real life situations and utilizing the coming of age theme, Langston reaches out to readers who also crave a bit of the unexplained...Langston does a wonderful job capturing the teenage voice in this novel. Hannah struggles with forgiveness and guilt...[and] as the story is told in first person, the reader has firsthand knowledge of Hannah's thoughts and feelings, which helps keep the reader connected throughout the story."
Booklist
"Like other books in the Orca Soundings line, this is a quick, plot-driven read with a compelling premise that will appeal to fans of supernatural dramas."
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"Langston writes about real life tragedy with a supernatural twist, told in a teenage voice which young adult readers will relate to and appreciate."
Kim Coyle
Hannah is a 16-year-old still coping with the death of her boyfriend. Her average day consists of work, school, home, and thoughts of Logan. Everything is normal in Hannah's life until the day she is stung by a bee. The near-death experience gives Hannah the one thing she has been hoping for since Logan died—a chance to see him again. But that chance comes with a price: Hannah is given the unique power to physically heal people. It is a power that Hannah cannot take lightly. With the help of Logan's spirit, Hannah must choose whether or not she is going to use her power to heal the one person responsible for causing Logan's death. Hannah's Touch is an emotional tale of forgiveness and learning to let go of one who has passed. Although the novel is a short and easy read, Langston realistically conveys the guilt and anger over losing someone special. Reviewer: Kim Coyle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554694761
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
839,064
File size:
179 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

I was going to die in the parking lot of Bartell Drugs, wearing that stupid red vest and with short hair. Mom would hate burying me without my long hair.
    What a waste, I thought, seeing my body on the pavement. My first bee sting, and it's fatal. It was almost as stupid as Logan getting in that car.

Meet the Author

Laura Langston is the award-winning author of internationally acclaimed books for children and young adults. A former journalist with the CBC, Laura also writes non-fiction for such publications as Canadian Gardening magazine. When she's not writing, reading or walking her Shetland sheepdog, she can be found in the garden or the kitchen. Laura lives with her family and assorted pets in Victoria, British Columbia. Visit www.lauralangston.com for more information.

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Hannah's Touch 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book you should totally read it!!!!!! :)
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It's been a year since the death of her boyfriend, Logan. Hannah is struggling to put her life back together. One thing that helps a little is her job at the local drugstore. She has gotten to know the regular customers, even grouchy old Maude O'Connell, who insists Hannah call her M.C. The woman's strange little dog named Kitty just adds to her eccentricity. One day while on her break, Hannah is stung by a bee. Imagine her surprise when she learns she is deathly allergic and ends up having a near-death experience that lands her in the hospital. In the middle of her emergency, she remembers M.C. and Kitty lending a hand to comfort her, and when the excitement settles down, they are crediting her with healing them. M.C. still needs her walker, but she is noticeably more spry than before, and the ancient Kitty is suddenly full of doggy energy. Hannah tries to avoid the crazy idea that she had anything to do with their improved health, but when something similar happens again during her cooking class, she realizes there may be something to it. The more she focuses on each individual event, the more she remembers. There was a tingling followed by a soft feeling and renewed energy. She also must admit that the voice of Logan spoke words of encouragement during each episode. All this is difficult to talk about. Most people, except for M.C., don't take her seriously. Is what she's experiencing a miracle or some sort of strange curse? Laura Langston's HANNAH'S TOUCH offers a quick glimpse into the world of miracles. It's an easy, fast read most teens will enjoy.