The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine
A MOTHER WHO split for another man.

A father who works 24/7.

An older brother who excels at everything—and
smokes a lot of weed.

A best friend, of the feminine persuasion, who only
wants to be a friend, and who’s shooting a film set
in cool Greenwich Village, New York.

Dylan Fontaine’s life seems to be full of drama he
can’t control. But when he stars in his best friend’s
movie, Dylan discovers that, sometimes, life’s big
shake-ups force you to take risks—and to step into
the spotlight.
Delacorte (May 2008), 224 pages, Ages 14 and up, # 978-0-385-73125-6 (Hardcover)
                                                                       # 97-0-440-23847-88 (Paperback)
"Compulsively readable ... Lurie creates such a sympathetic and engaging character that readers
cannot  help but become invested.  Dylan's story has it all: humor, pathos, family struggles and
great characterizations and voice."  
VOYA  (Voice of Youth Advocates)

"[Lurie] writes with wit, intelligence, and compassion for her characters.  Any reader will care for
each one of them."
KLIATT starred review

"The strong first person narrative ... and the healthy doses of humor balance this well-crafted

"Calling to mind HInton's classic, That was Then, This is Now ... Readers may well be inspired by
Dylan to take some risks and discover their own latent powers."
The Bulletin

"The story successfully walks the fine line of blending humor and drama, and the cinematic ending
is sure to please."  
School Library Journal
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