I'm looking for a novel I read in the 1990's, probably the mid-90s. In it, a boy comes from the future to take intelligent young people who will be beneficial in their time.

Due to misinformation, a girl he has come back to get is actually dying of some terminal illness, so he somehow takes another girl back instead.

There is a scene, at some point during the novel, where he is playing solitaire, and peeks at the cards hidden in the deck. The girl tells him that is cheating, but he says that that's how you play the game, thus creating a parallel to the situation of him taking the girl from the past to the future to help them.

Any help would be appreciated...

  • Did the boy have red hair and was there a San Francisco theme to the story? – Canadian Girl Scout Mar 10 '13 at 15:48
  • Are you sure it was a novel? I remember reading some similar things in a short story/novelette once – BBog Mar 10 '13 at 18:16
  • It was a Young Adult Fiction and I, as a teenager, disliked short stories and wouldn't not read them. Canadian Scout Girl: I have no memory of the actual setting or the appearance of the boy. I believe he had recently joined the school these teenagers were attending. – padmepandora Mar 11 '13 at 10:35

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