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Published by Flux
ISBN 0738730572 (ISBN13: 9780738730578)
"One winter long ago, Tavian Kimura watched his mother--a kitsune, or Japanese fox-spirit--leave him in the snow for the dogs. But that’s a memory buried beneath eleven years, and he has lived most of his life in America with his adoptive family and his girlfriend, Gwen.
Now he’s back. All it took was an invitation to spend New Year’s with his grandparents, and Tavian finds himself in Tokyo with Gwen by his side. It should be a time of celebration, but it becomes a time of nightmares. A faceless ghost haunts Tavian, warning him that “she” is coming. A gang of inugami--fiercely loyal dog-spirits--wants him dead. Why? The inugami believe he strongly resembles one of their most hated enemies, a kitsune named Yukimi.
Is Yukimi the mother who abandoned him? Tavian never knew her true name. He doesn’t even know his own true name, the key to a kitsune’s magic. And soon his untrained magic threatens to kill him, straining his half-human body. Tavian realizes that finding his mother might be the only way to find answers, before it’s too late."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Karen Kincy is the author of the Other novels for young adults. Her debut novel, Other, was named to the American Library Association's 2011 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list. Unlike her characters, she has never been on the run from the law or bitten by a werewolf, though she has been known to howl at the moon. Kincy is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and lives in Redmond, Washington.