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Beneath

Title: Beneath
Author: Roland Smith
Series: Beneath #1 
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 272 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION SMITH, R.

Synopsis: What waits Beneath? Pat O’Toole has always idolized his older brother, Coop. He’s even helped Coop with some of his crazier plans — such as risking his life to help his big brother dig a tunnel underneath their neighborhood in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Coop is . . . different. He doesn’t talk on the phone, doesn’t use email, and doesn’t have friends. He’s never really cared for anything but the thrill of being underground and Pat. So it’s no surprise to anyone — even Pat — that after a huge fight with their parents, Coop runs away. Exactly one year later, Pat receives a package containing a digital voice recorder and a cryptic message from his brother. He follows the clues to New York City, and soon discovers that Coop has joined the Community, a self-sufficient society living beneath the streets. Now it’s up to Pat to find his brother — and bring him home.

This is a Rebecca Caudill nominee for 2018.  I think the premise is great, with the community living under the city of New York.  This is also a fast read. There is suspence around every corner. It is a little unbelievable with the technology that the secret community has installed.  I think that kids will definetly enjoy the book.  I am going to check out the next book in the series to see how it ends.

 

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Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Adventure, Teen

 

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The Unwanteds

UnwantedsTitle: The Unwanteds
Author: Lisa McMann
Series:The Unwanteds 
Recommended for: 4th – 8th Grade
Pages: 390 pages
Call Number/Link:  J MCM

Synopsis: In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

An excellent adventure series.  A group of thirteen-year-olds from Quill are brought to the death farm to be killed for being creative.  The group is shocked when they are not killed at the death farm, but welcomed to Artime. Artime is a secret, magical world where creativity is celebrated.  Alex is a twin and the head mage is afraid to teach Alex magic because of his twin connection.  The causes a lot of conflict between Alex and his classmates and also internal conflict for Alex.  When he is finally allowed higher training that is when we see the bond between Alex and Aaron become a problem.  This book sets up the series of seven books. (At this point)  I have finished the first six books and it is a great series that I think children will enjoy. In each book you learn more about the world and its history.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Fantasy, Juv

 

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