Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

THE RED NECKLACE, by Sally Gardner

The red necklace means that death awaits ...

The red necklace means that death awaits ...

What a great story!  I know that it looks like a girly book, but really – the story is about Yann Margoza, a gypsy boy whose talent is reading minds and throwing his voice.  He works as a sort of side-show performer until the day that his co-workers are killed by the man who holds the red necklace – the same day that he meets Sidonie, a girl who will change his life forever.  Can he figure out how to use his abilities to save Sido?  Can he escape from the evil Count Kalliovski … with his life?

The story is set in France just before the Revolution in 1789, and is the first in a series.  In the next volume, I’m expecting Yann to use his supernatural abilities to help rescue people who are waiting for death by guillotine.  Can’t wait!

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