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Children's LiteratureCristina and Lica are best friends. The summer after their junior year, they travel with their journalism teacher and four classmates to New Orleans for a writing seminar. On the plane, Cristina dreams about a boy slicing the neck of a young lamb. She sees the boy from her dream in the airport and later standing outside her hotel window. The trip becomes dangerous when frightful voodoo warnings threaten the girls' safety. Cristina and Lica soon find themselves mixed up in what is the key to Lica's mysterious past. With help from friends, the girls uncover the secret lives of New Orleans's two most powerful secret psychic societies. As the mystery of Lica's past unfolds, the girls find themselves caught in the middle of a battle between good and evil. Discovering powers she never knew she had, Lica helps win the battle. At the end of their unforgettable journey, Cristina returns home, leaving Lica with friends who will help train her for the next time evil attacks. Laura Peble does a wonderful job of portraying New Orleans. Her lyrical descriptions bring to life the different cultures of the Deep South. The city streets and backwoods of Louisiana make an unbelievable plot seem realistic. Young readers will enjoy following every twist and turn as the novel's incredible plot unfolds. 2003, iUniverse, Ages 12 up.