Author: Nancy Werlin
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Remember me to one who lives there.
She once was a true love of mine…
Lucy Scarborough has a terrific life: Supportive foster parents that adore her (and even love her mother, who went mad and disappeared right after giving birth), great friends like her neighbor Zach, and a date to the prom with Gray, a nice guy who seems to really like her. But Lucy doesn’t know that her name carries a terrible curse: Because an ancient ancestor refused to become the true love of the Elfin King, all the Scarborough girls are destined to become pregnant at 17, and then go mad after they give birth to a daughter, who will also go mad, continuing the cycle for eternity, unless they can break the curse.
Lucy knows nothing about her tragic family history – until the day of the prom. Now, she only has nine months to break the curse by completing the three impossible tasks set forth in the famous folk song ‘Scarborough Fair,’ the only inheritance she ever received from her mother, Miranda. While the odds seem horribly long, Lucy has something no other Scarborough girl has had before: A family that believes in her, a friend who will do anything to save her and her baby, and modern technology. Can she do the impossible and break the curse of the Elfin King?
Who will like this book?: Fans of fantasy stories grounded in reality. Fans of Twilight. Romantics who believe that true love can conquer all.
If you like this, try this: The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. The Rules of Survival, also by Nancy Werlin.
Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian