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Archive for the ‘Thrillers’ Category

GENIUS: THE GAME, by Leopoldo Gout

December 14, 2016

The story: Two hundred of the best–geniuses–have been chosen to compete in teen tech billionaire Kiran Biswas’s Game. Rex, Cai, and Tunde all have a reason to need to be there: Rex is desperately searching for his lost brother, Cai is trying to find who’s corrupted her Chinese businessman father, and Tunde is trying to […]

WOLF BY WOLF, by Ryan Graudin

October 7, 2016

The story: After Hitler and the Germans win World War 2, the resistance goes deeper underground. Ten years later, one of Himmler’s successful (but forgotten) science experiments–a shapeshifter–sets out to gain revenge by winning a race and assassinating der Fuhrer. Does Yael have what it takes to beat 19 hardened racers and come out in […]

ZERO DAY, by Jan Gangsei

September 29, 2016

The story: Addie was kidnapped 8 years ago, long before her father was President. When she “escapes” her captors, everyone is overjoyed. But something happened to Addie during those 8 years, and it’s about to change the fate of the United States forever. Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you liked Michelle Gagnon’s “Don’t Look Now” series, or […]

LONGBOW GIRL, by Linda Davies

September 21, 2016

The story: Merry and James are best friends, though their families have been feuding for 800 years–since the day Henry VIII declared that one of Merry’s family had to be ready to serve as a longbowman in his army forever. When Merry finds an ancient manuscript that seems to promise treasure, she follows its directions […]

PYRAMID HUNTERS: THE IRON TOMB, by Peter Vegas

September 21, 2016

The story: What starts out as a school-break visit to his uncle in Egypt turns crazy and dangerous as Sam Force finds out that his mild-mannered archaeologist uncle Jasper is on the trail of Akhenaton (who might just be MOSES in disguise!) and the lost Ark of the Covenant. And of course, there are plenty […]

CODE OF HONOR, by Alan Gratz

March 28, 2016

The story: Kamran’s brother Darius is accused of being of a terrorist, and Kamran’s family are detained by Homeland Security and questioned over and over. Kamran refuses to believe his brother is a traitor–and he thinks he can prove it by helping the authorities decode clues that Darius has been leaving in his video rants […]

CHARISMA, by Jeanne Ryan

February 29, 2016

The story: When super-shy Aislyn has the chance to secretly help test a gene therapy that may cure her, she’s all over it. But it’s not long before all the kids who were recruited start having bad side effects–and some of them even die. Worse, it looks like the virus that loads the gene is […]

THE CIPHER, by John C. Ford

January 25, 2016

The story: Smiles has lived his whole life in the shadow of his father, tech giant Robert Smylie. Wanting to do something amazing on his own, he figures our a plan to help his neighbor Ben sell a top-secret mathematical formula to the government (and keep a cut for himself, of course). Everything goes along […]

INFECTED, by Sophie Littlefield

November 30, 2015

The story: Carina’s uncle is dead, and now she’s an orphan. Even worse–she’s infected, a result of the top-secret research that killed both him and her mother. Before she knows what’s going on, she’s passed the infection on to Tanner, the only person left to love in her life. As they track down the pieces […]

MASTERMINDS, by Gordon Korman

October 21, 2015

The story: Five kids discover the unthinkable–they’re all clones of criminal masterminds, being studied like smears on a microscope slide. Each brings his/her talents to work on the Main Task: escape from the tiny New Mexico town that is really a prison built to keep them in. The question: who can they trust? Certainly not […]