Tricia Rayburn is the author of the well-reviewed middle-grade Maggie Bean series. She lives on Long Island with her husband. "Siren" is her first novel for young adults. Visit her online at www.triciarayburn.blogspot.com."
Gr 9 Up-Vanessa Sands has always depended on her older sister Justine's fearlessness and looked up to her. The two always enjoy their summer trips to Winter Harbor, Maine, and hanging out with the Carmichael brothers-Caleb who is in love with Justine and Simon who is in love with Vanessa. Then Justine dives off a cliff and dies and Caleb disappears. Vanessa discovers that Justine had secrets and that their beloved summer town has its own mysteries as male victims are discovered dead along its shores with a smile on their faces. Through a summer job, Vanessa meets the Marchand family and learns that they are more than just beautiful women. Vanessa must stop a town full of Sirens before they can claim more victims. Nicola Barber narrates Tricia Rayburn's suspenseful tale (EgmontUSA, 2010), giving the female characters haunting voices to match their true natures. She changes her tone as Vanessa matures from an innocent victim to a brave survivor. Rayburn has created a believable story about the seductive powers of sirens that are related to meteorological events in the town. Her characters are well fleshed out and the villains are chilling. Give this to listeners who want a break from the usual vampire, werewolf, or angel story. The shocking twist at the end is sure to generate conversation.-Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.