In Undercurrent, Paul Blackwell's fast-paced teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Callum Harris survives a plummet over a waterfall but wakes to find himself in a life that's totally different from the one he knew.
His parents were separated. Now they're together. His brother, Cole, was a sports star. Now he's paralyzed. And Callum, who used to be quiet and sort of unpopular, is suddenly a jock with two hot girls after him. But there's one difference that matters more than all the others combined: His former best friend wants Callum dead. And he isn't the only one.
Tense and original, Undercurrent is a psychological thrill ride with sci-fi elements that will appeal to fans of Neal Shusterman. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books said, "the riveting opening and intense final scene will keep genre fans satisfied and breathless," while ALA Booklist called it "a menacing, suspenseful thriller."
Paul BLackwell never went over a waterfall himself, but he has jumped off a sixty-foot cliff. Once was enough.
This is his first book for teens. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
“A menacing, suspenseful thriller. Hand this to fans of Mary Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox (2008), Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate’s Eve and Adam (2012), and the novels of Neal Shusterman.” — Booklist
“Blackwell writes with a crisp, clean style, keeping up suspense and providing nicely off-kilter elements in character and detail.” — Toronto Star
“A pure concept thriller…the riveting opening and intense final scene will keep genre fans satisfied and breathless.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Thoroughly enjoyable. A page-turner.” — VOYA