Sidekick | Young Adult Fiction
Gold winner (English category): Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature 2009
Katie Holmes, aged 17, lives with her adoptive mother, the housekeeper of a fabulous house in Camps Bay belonging to the gorgeous hunk Finn O’Reilly. Finn has the ability to stop time, to move into what is called “untime”. Katie can’t stop time but, uniquely, can function in “untime” and works as a partner, a sidekick, to Finn.
A fantasy novel rooted in very real teenage issues, it maintains a level of suspense and intrigue all the way through.
The writing has a lively and sophisticated edge which makes the story more suitable for older teens. Certainly girls will love the strong, honest relationship of Katie with the mysterious Finn, and if we can get boys past the fact that the main protagonist is a girl, they will be intrigued by the idea of moving into “untime”, and they will love the Porsche that Katie drives and the “action” sections of the story.