Just in Case

by Meg Rosoff

Teenager David Case is convinced that Fate is out to get him. It starts as a single... read more

Teenager David Case is convinced that Fate is out to get him. It starts as a single thought but soon a sense of doom is defining his life. Determined to trick Fate, David changes his name to Justin, and even changes the way he looks, but still spirals ever deeper into dread. Justin gains some comfort from Boy, a greyhound dog that is invisible to everyone but his friend Peter, Peter’s insightful sister, Dorothea, and Justin’s toddler brother, Charlie, who views his older brother—and life—with remarkable depth and understanding. Agnes, an aspiring young photographer, finds Justin quaint and intriguing when they first meet, but although she genuinely cares about him it’s not long before his anxiety is burdening her life. After months of agonizing paralysis, Justin finally realizes that he stopped truly living the moment he began to fear dying. And that, of course, is when Fate—whose ruthless voice is an ominous presence interspersed throughout the narrative—makes his move. Although Justin’s perspective is bleak, author Meg Rosoff’s is clearly not. She has assembled an extraordinary cast of characters in this compelling, offbeat, surprisingly life-affirming tale. (Age 13 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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