All Our Hidden Gifts
author: Caroline O’Donoghue
illustrator: Stefanie Caponi
After Maeve finds a pack of tarot cards while cleaning out a closet during her in-school suspension, she soon begins giving eerily accurate readings to her classmates at St. Bernadette’s Catholic school. But when Maeve’s ex–best friend, Lily, draws The Housekeeper, an unsettling card that Maeve has never seen before, the session devolves into a heated argument that ends with Maeve wishing aloud that Lily would disappear. When Lily doesn’t return to school, Maeve learns her ex-friend has vanished without a trace.
Shunned by her classmates and struggling to preserve a fledgling romance with Lily's gender-fluid sibling, Roe, Maeve must dig deep into her connection with the cards to search for clues the police cannot find—even if they lead to the terrifying Housekeeper herself. Set in an Irish town where the church’s tight hold has loosened and new freedoms are trying to take root, this sharply contemporary story is witty, gripping, and tinged with mysticism.
“Ghostly menace, queer liberation, and sweet nonbinary romance all find room in this modern Irish contemporary. . . . O’Donoghue infuses fierce integrity and an understanding of self-worth into a hilarious voice.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)