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James Patterson's previous international number one bestsellers include CAT AND MOUSE, WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, POP GOES THE WEASEL, CRADLE AND ALL, ROSES ARE RED, 1ST TO DIE, SUZANNE'S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS, VIOLETS ARE BLUE, FOUR BLIND MICE, THE LAKE HOUSE, and THE BIG BAD WOLF, along with MIRACLE ON THE 17TH GREEN and THE BEACH HOUSE with Peter de Jonge, and 2ND CHANCE, THE JESTER and 3RD DEGREE with Andrew Gross. He lives in Florida. KISS THE GIRLS was made into a number one hit movie, and the film version of ALONG CAME A SPIDER is currently out on video.
The Angel Experiment James Patterson. Warner, $6.99 ISBN 0-446-61779-2. Thriller writer Patterson takes characters that first appeared in his adult novels When the Wind Blows and its sequel, The Lake House, and places them in a story pitched at young adults. Ages 12-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Nonstop action carries this page-turner breathlessly from start to finish Speed, suspense, excitement Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews MAXIMUM RIDE is a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy adventure that children will love Age, Melbourne 4/6/05 - Age, Melbourne This skilled and compulsive tale is so involved about kids being brave against the odds The Sunday Times, 3/7/05 - The Sunday Times'A fast-moving, thrill-a-minutes, neo future adventure that pits good against evil in a most significant way... It's imaginative, it's exciting, it's touching - but it's also damn scary considering what some scientists are up to already.' - The Northern Echo 'The characters are so well written that you'll really root for them. It's edge of your seat, thrilling stuff.' 5 Stars. - Flipside
Gr 7 Up-A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting SF thriller that's not wholly original but is still a compelling read. Max, 14, and her adopted family-Fang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6-were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The youngsters are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. The novel ends with the promise that this journey will continue in the sequel. As with Patterson's adult mystery thrillers, in-depth characterization is secondary to the fast-moving plot. The narrative alternates between Max's first-person point-of-view and that of the others in the third person, but readers don't get to know Max very well. The only major flaw is that the children sound like adults most of the time. This novel is reminiscent of David Lubar's Hidden Talents (Tor, 1999) and Ann Halam's Dr. Franklin's Island (Random, 2002).-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.