The Diviners (Paperback)

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Supernaturally superpowered teens in 1920s New York City fight the ghosts of American history in this suspenseful quartet by award-winner Libba Bray. In The Diviners, Bray introduces us to her lovable, diverse ensemble cast: Evie, who can see an object's past; Memphis, who can heal with a touch; Theta, who can start fires with her hands; and Sam, who can render himself invisible, along with several others, find one another in their quest to stop the ghostly serial killer John Hobbes. I've loved this book since it first came out when I was in high school for Bray's beautiful prose, the book's rich, immersive setting, the incredible cast, and the fun, high-stakes adventure. Book three (Before the Devil Breaks You) came out just a few weeks ago, and that and book two (Lair of Dreams) can be found upstairs in the YA section if you've already read book one (or if you're ready to commit to the whole series based solely on how excellent book one looks--I certainly wouldn't blame you). In any event, The Diviners is a perfect Halloween-season read, as spooky as it is enjoyable.

— Allyson

Fall '12 Kids List

“If you want to be immersed in the sights and sounds of the 1920s, this is the book for you! Evie O'Neill is a true flapper, too wild for her staid hometown of Zenith, Ohio. When she is banished to stay with her Uncle Will in Manhattan, she looks forward to her exciting new life -- until it turns out to include dead bodies, mysterious intruders, and a supernatural evil that only Evie has the power to sense. Creepy and fun, The Diviners is frantic and full of slang, a love letter to the Roaring 20s. So much fun!”
— Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY


A young woman discovers her mysterious powers could help catch a killer in the first book of The Diviners series--a stunning supernatural historical mystery set in 1920s New York City, from Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray.

Evangeline O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

When the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfurl in the city that never sleeps. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....

About the Author

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestseller Beauty Queens, the 2010 Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

Praise For…

* "1920s New York thrums with giddy life in this gripping first in a new [series] from Printz winner Bray...The intricate plot and magnificently imagined details of character, dialogue and setting take hold and don't let go. Not to be missed."—Kirkus, starred review

* "The compelling and dramatic supernatural plot explores self-actualization, predestination, the secrets everyone hides, and, of course, good versus evil. An absolutely terrific read and, thankfully, the first in a planned series."—School Library Journal, starred review

* "The book is big and wants to be the kind of thing you can lose yourself in. Does it succeed? It's jake, baby."—Booklist, starred review

* "The book is engrossing, spooky, and thought-provoking."—Library Media Connection, starred review

"The Diviners delivers an addictive and terrifying story of young New Yorkers investigating a rash of occult-based murders. Bray sustains a breathless energy throughout this ambitious series-starter, deftly evoking the exuberance of 1920s city life and the evil lurking beneath it."—Entertainment Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316126106
ISBN-10: 0316126101
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2013
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Diviners