MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC by Jodi Lynn Anderson. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017. 257p. ISBN: 9780062393548 hc. $17.99 Gr. 9-12 YA FIC
In this science fiction story that takes place in 2065, characters and historic events are connected over the span of 115 years. Adri Ortiz is one of the smartest, most driven people on the planet and that's how she became a candidate for the Mars program. Her only flaw seems to be a reluctance to socialize. That could be attributed to the loss of her parents at an early age and the absence of any family members....until now. While waiting for her launch date into space, Adri has been sent to an aged cousin, Lily, who lives on a a Kansas farm near the government colonization center where Adri will be training. While helping Lily clean out closets, Adri finds a bundle of mysterious letters written by Lenore in England at the end of World War I in 1919 and a diary written by Catherine who resided on this very same Kansas farm during the Dust Bowl in 1934. The common thread between all the female characters is their willingness to follow their dreams, even if it means traveling to new states, new countries, or a new planet.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI