Midnight Dark Star
By R.T. Martin
Minneapolis: Darby Creek, 2017.
Thriller 88 Pages Grades 7 and Up Reluctant Readers
This reminds me of an old sci-fi movie and perfect for reluctant readers who need a fast pace thriller. Claire is not doing well in high school science class—she is getting desperate and when her teacher offers Saturday night extra credit—Clare has no choice but to cancel her plans with friends. Misery loves company and soon her friends join her Saturday night extra credit. It was the new smart girl, Val, who came up with going out to the bluffs to watch the meteor showers. But, she does not know the history of the
bluffs—the bluffs where a whole senior class disappeared many years ago. But this mysterious new girl has a dark side, a very dark side and Claire and her friends will not soon forget the night they spent at the bluffs—if they survive.
By S.A. Bodeen
New York: Feiwel and Friends Book, 2015.
Grades 5 and Up Pages 137.
It has been a Bodeen Week. After finishing The Compound this week I went right into the second book of the Shipwreck Island series! Shipwreck Island starts off like most shipwrecks—a deserted island and minimal supplies. But Bodeen spins a new blended family together with a somewhat creepy island—with some unexplained weirdness.
In this second installment the weirdness turns sinister. The family ends up with an addition as they find a girl, Cashmere, who became stranded on their island—a pirate robbery of sorts. But once on the island she tells of a story that she was held captive by the “curator” and just narrowly escapes. Next, Dad, one of the brothers go missing causing Sarah and Marco to head off to find them but they find more than they bargained for—weird and dangerous animals — like a shark that comes ashore because it now has legs.
Stay tuned as island becomes more dark and sinister than you ever thought possible! A great, quick read for reluctant readers!
Next in the series, Trapped.
By Kenneth Oppel
New York: Simon & Shuster, 2015.
Grades 6 and Up 244 Pages
I loved Kenneth Oppel’s, Airborn it was both magical and adventurous so I wasn’t quite sure what was in store for me in The Nest. I knew that it was a thriller—but it was one of the strangest book I have read in a long time!!
It is always strenuous when a new baby is brought home but even more strenuous when the family brings home a sick baby. Baby Theo has some congenital issues and is going to need heart surgery as soon as he is strong enough—so a lot of time and attention toward this new baby has put siblings Nicole and Steven lacking some attention. Steven has anxiety issues and now that summer is upon them he has become anxious about the wasp nest growing outside the house. Steven’s daytime anxiety rolls over into night but recently his night dreams have become soothing he believes that the creatures with the white bodies and big eyes are angels that have come to “fix” baby Theo if Steven will agree to the ‘contract’. Well Steven gets stung by a wasp, finds out he is allergic and the angels in his dreams are the queen wasps and his dreams now have become nightmares both at night and during the daytime! Read this anxiety ridden thriller as Steven tries to find his place in his family.
A quick unique read!
Kenneth Oppel Website