TITLE: See the Samelings
GENRE: Young adult urban fantasy
Eva George glanced at the clock on her cab’s dashboard and sighed; it was exactly three-thirty-seven on what was about to become the second worst day of her life. Not the worst day of her life, of course — no day could ever be as bad as that day, last year’s August twenty-ninth, the day her dad died. And it had already been a pretty unpleasant day, what with the traffic and the detour and that out-of-town kid throwing up in the backseat at Forty-first and Broadway. But this year’s September fifteenth, the new second worst day of her life, was about to go from pretty unpleasant to downright dreadful.
It all began with a hail, and a fairly innocent one at that. But as Eva gave the brake pedal a nudge and coasted into the curb, she spotted the dog — and sighed again. It wasn’t that Eva had anything against dogs or even blind people, but after the day she’d had, after the traffic and the detour and the violent pink vomit that reeked of hot dog, she just knew the thing was going to pee all over the upholstery.
Still, she couldn’t refuse the hail, and not just because it was commission policy: Her father, after all, never would have refused it. So Eva brought the taxi all the way to a stop, waited for some kind stranger to yank open the yellow door, and tried to sound cheerful when she asked, “Where can I drop you?”