# of Pages: 348
RAC Book: Yes
During a hurricane Ret Cooper is the sole survivor of a boat sinking and is adopted by a family who lost their father/husband in the terrible storm. He looks different from everyone else, but is still optimistic as he begins a new school in the fall with his adopted sister. The school principal and Geography teacher are not who they pretend to be and appear to be plotting against him. As they throw obstacles in his way they find that he does indeed have some “gifts” they were expecting. The problem is that he can only assume his full power if he finds the Oracle and no one knows for sure where that is. As Ret slowly learns who he is and what he must do the story gets more and more exciting.
Fantasy lovers will instantly become enthralled with this story. The character development is great, leaving just enough unexplained to push the story along. The tasks Ret must complete make for exciting adventures and danger. The overall goal is explained, but readers will quickly understand how long it will take to fulfill said goal and how difficult it will be for Ret to do as people try to stop him. The premise seems familiar and yet unique all at once so readers will feel right at home. This would be a good one for a classroom read as there is something for everyone.