It is 1915 and the First World War has only just begun.
17 year old Sasha is a well-to-do, sheltered-English girl. Just as her brother Thomas longs to be a doctor, she wants to nurse, yet girls of her class don't do that kind of work. But as the war begins and the hospitals fill with young soldiers, she gets a chance to help. But working in the hospital confirms what Sasha has suspected--she can see when someone is going to die. Her premonitions show her the brutal horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and the faces of the soldiers who will die. And one of them is her brother Thomas.
Pretending to be a real nurse, Sasha goes behind the front lines searching for Thomas, risking her own life as she races to find him, and somehow prevent his death.
Sedgwick's (The Dark Horse) powerful and haunting WWI story probes ideas of death and healing, fate and free will. Alexandra (Sasha) has the gift, or curse, of foreseeing a person's death. "I was five when I first saw the future," the book begins, as Sasha describes knowing that her friend Clare would soon die. Her next vision comes when she turns 17, and then they occur frequently. She tries talking to her parents about her gift, but it makes them uncomfortable, and they dismiss it. WW I rages in France, and Sasha volunteers as a nurse; she foresees the death of several hospitalized soldiers. Then she dreams her eldest brother Edgar will die in the war; while touching a postcard he sent, she hears his voice say, "I must go now. I am dead." Some time later, Sasha experiences a vivid dream where she sees her beloved brother Tom, also a soldier, being shot. Sasha secretly travels to France hoping to prevent Tom's death. Threre she meets Hoodoo Jack, who can also foresee the future, and who helps her try and save Tom, even as he tries to convince Sasha that her vision will prevail. Readers will be immediately drawn in to Sasha's intimate retelling of her horrific experiences as she recounts her tale from her first vision to her last. Ages 10-up.