Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
“She will fall in seven days,” say the crows. “As she falls, so do we all.” Who falls? wonders M. The ominous, supernatural message starts M on a quest that could save more than one life. But what if the person in danger happens to be her nemesis? Along the way, M meets up with Gray, a Cree boy with his own hopes of saving a runaway Indigenous girl. As they begin a wild journey through the city and into the bleak northern woods, M grasps for the true meaning behind the crows’ messages and pushes deeper and deeper into worlds she doesn’t know or understand, holding fast to a questionable dream that she might be a modern-day Joan of Arc.
About the author
Before transitioning to writing, Barbara Radecki was an established actor with many film and television roles and hundreds of commercials to her credit. In recent years, several of her screenplays have been optioned or sold. As a screenwriter, her most recent film, Modern Persuasion, will be out in 2020. Born in Vancouver and now based in Toronto, Radecki was nominated for the Kobo Emerging Writers’ Prize for her first YA novel, The Darkhouse
"Messenger 93 is a driving story that twists and turns and entertains. Barbara Radecki has written a poignant book that asks hard questions about compassion and belonging."
Ken Murray, award-winning author of <i>Eulogy</i>
"This brave novel by Barbara Radecki tackles bold subjects — missing girls, celebrity culture, white privilege and cultural appropriation — as it explores one girl's pilgrimage of self-discovery."
Diane Terrana, acclaimed author of <i>The World on Either Side</i>
"Radecki's masterful turns of suspense and mystery send M, and the rest of us, on a thrill ride from downtown to the deep woods. It's a can't-put-down, must read adventure!"
Thom Vernon, award-winning author of <i>The Drifts</i>
"Centring a cast of well-developed and intricate characters, this intense and haunting novel pulls readers along on a complicated quest, and asks critical questions for readers to return to long after M’s journey comes to an end."
The Miramichi Reader