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Thursday, May 10, 2007

James Patterson's New Series for Reluctant Readers

Title: Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Author: James Patterson
Illustrator: Publisher and/or Distributor: Little, Brown and Company
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Pages: 404
ISBN: 978-0-316-11280-1
Price: 16.99
Publishing Date: May 07
Reader: Bob Spear
Rating: 5 hearts

This tween young adult thriller is about Max and her friends, who have been genetically altered to become “Bird People.” They have escaped their laboratory of origin and are fighting to save the world from wolf-man mutations from the same lab and its evil scientists. A threat to her relationship with her best friend “Fang” causes her group to split forces in a fight against the greedy lab-owning multinational corporation that is attempting to wipe out much of the world’s population while taking over the remains of the planet. At the same, Max learns who her real parents are.

James Patterson continues to demonstrate his incredible range of genre mastery with this reluctant reader series, which is absolutely impressive. All the needed elements for this age of readers are there—humor, coming of age, fantastic fantasy, a fast paced plot, and characters that readily endear themselves to our hearts. We rated this book a solid five hearts.

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