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The Devil's Intern
The Devil's Series #1
by Donna Hosie

Trade Binding | 240 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823431953 | 08-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: TENTH | Age: 15 up

Themes: Friendship, Humor, Mystery & Suspense, Supernatural, Death, Dying & Grief
Recommendations: A, C, K*, LMC, SLJ*

CCSS Codes:
W. 11-12.3, 3a-e, 4, 6, 9-10
RL. 11-12.1-6, 10
L. 11-12.3, 3a, 4, 4a-b, 5, 5a-b, 6
SL.11-12.1, 1a-d, 3-4, 6

About the Book

"How did you die?"

It's the most popular question in Hell, and Mitchell Johnson has been answering it ever since he was hit by a bus at age seventeen and inexplicably ended up in the Underworld. Now Mitchell is The Devil's intern in Hell's accounting office. Lately, he's noticed a disturbing trend: the volume of new arrivals is straining Hell's limited resources. Then Mitchell overhears his boss discussing plans to limit newcomers with a legendary time travel mechanism. With a device like that, Mitchell realizes, he could change history and prevent his own death.

Mitchell's plot goes awry when his three closest friends—Alfarin, the Viking prince; Elinor, from 17th-century London; and Melissa, from 1960s San Francisco—insert themselves into his plans. It soon becomes clear that the fates of all four are entwined in dangerous and unpredictable ways. With unforgettable characters and a thrilling premise, this original novel is by turns funny, poignant, and thought-provoking.



Donna Hosie is a full-time geek who fell into writing while working as a Warner Brothers fan consultant on movie tie-in video games. Writing reports about different characters and worlds eventually inspired her to create her own stories for young adults. Originally from England, Donna now lives in Australia with her husband, three children, and a crazy golden retriever named Harry (after a certain boy wizard).


YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2014


★ "A comic, time-traveling trip to Hell and back. . . . Just outstanding fun for those who enjoy snarky comedy and suspense."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "Interesting characters, nonstop adventure, and humor with a touch of heart will not disappoint teens looking for a dark comedy."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"In a tale that swings from dead funny to dead serious . . . Hosie incorporates uncommonly savvy thinking about the paradoxes and logical consequences of changing the past."—Booklist


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Write a brief character analysis for Mitchell, Alfarin, Elinor, and Medusa. How does author Donna Hosie introduce and develop each character? RL.11-12.1, 3 / W.11-12.4, 9
2. Use evidence from the book to explain how the fates of the characters are entwined. RL.11-12.1, 3 / W.11-12.4, 9, 10
3. Determine two or more themes or central ideas from The Devil's Intern and analyze their development over the course of the text. How do they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account? RL.11-12.1, 2
4. Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in The Devil's Intern from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony or understatement), referring to the specific part of the book. RL.11-12.6

Readers' Guide
The Devil's Intern Series
Reader's Guide featuring questions for discussion, classroom activities and more for THE DEVIL'S INTERN and THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER.