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Triskellion 2: The Burning


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Will Peterson is the pseudonym of Mark Billingham and Peter Cocks. Mark is the acclaimed, award-winning author of the bestselling Tom Thorne crime novels, including Sleepyhead, Scaredy Cat and Lazybones, while Peter is a popular children's TV writer and performer. As TV writers, Mark and Peter have worked together on many much-loved programmes such as Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, Knight School and The Cramp Twins.


Gr 6-9-This action-packed sequel picks up immediately where its predecessor left off, with 14-year-old Adam and Rachel fleeing their mother's childhood village in England after discovering that they are descended from an ancient alien-human pairing. Instead of going home to Manhattan, however, they are held prisoner at the remote Project Hope compound. Although the scientists claim to be engaged in archaeological research, they seem more interested in studying the twins' telepathic abilities and the supernatural powers of the Triskellion amulet that the siblings found in their previous adventure. Adam and Rachel escape the compound with another set of twins and are joined by Gabriel, the mysterious teen from the first book. Their quest to find the second Triskellion takes them across Europe to North Africa. Along the way they are joined by two more sets of twins, and the young people begin to hone their powerful talents. Peterson provides a short prologue with a thumbnail summary of the first novel, but there are still gaps that may puzzle and frustrate readers unfamiliar with it. Though imaginative and centered on two likable teens who are reluctantly uprooted from their normal lives, the novel is far too long. It begins to feel repetitious halfway through the story. Older teens with the patience to finish it may have a hard time identifying with Adam and Rachel, who sometimes seem much younger than 14. Despite these flaws, fans of Triskellion 1 (Candlewick, 2008) will probably enjoy it.-Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

An action packed thriller with twists and turns at every stage. Mystery, intrigue and the supernatural combine in this gripping read. * New Books *

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