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Adam Canfield is back in the sequel to Adam Canfield of the Slash.  Still overbooked with sports, homework, and after school activities, Adam is rushed as usually, but still working on investigations for the paper.  After being mugged while shoveling snow, Adam’s co-editor and reporters come up with the idea of doing a story on bullying.  But Adam has bigger things on his mind and more stories to investigate.  But he gets into a slump and finds it hard to get up the energy to do any reporting.  Will this be the end of Adam?  Luckily Jennifer, his co-editor, is there to spur him on and soon Adam is back in action showing that the science fair is not fair and a major business is trying to ruin the town forever. 

Once again, Adam shows that a small school paper does have the power to change things, but this time they might have bitten off more than they can chew.  The book ends in a cliff hanger and it will be interesting to see what happens next.  I can’t wait!  I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered a sequel toe Adam Canfield of the Slash.  I thought it was a stand alone novel.  These are great books and the characters are so three dimensional you feel like you might know them in your life.  Winerip accurately captures the life of a middle school student and the stresses and pressures put upon them.  A great story and one that will be a sure favorite with kids. 

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 Cotton Malone has retired from the American special forces unit he was in after his work in he Templar Legacy.  Now he is running a bookstore and quite content until his ex-wife shows up one day to tell him their son has been kidnapped.  An organization wants information only Malone has and are willing to kill to get it.  So Malone sets off with his ex-wife to find their son.  But soon they stumble onto something bigger than Malone has been art of before.  A secret society is trying to destabilize Israel and Saudi Arabia by showing that Israel is not the chosen land of the Jews.  Malone, of course, knows nothing of this.  The only place that might have the original documents is the Library of Alexandria, long believed to have been destroyed.  But it is actually protected by a group of people called The Guardians who issued invitations to view it to a select few.  Malone is not one of those few, but uses the keys left to someone else to track it down dragging his reluctant ex-wife with him. 

This is a fast-paced, action packed book that is full of intrigue and plot upon plot.  Berry keeps you guessing til the last and does not disappoint with a half-finished ending.  Everything it resolved to my satisfaction at the end of the book.  This is an interesting book in that Malone brings his ex-wife in his jaunt (although not willingly).  I like his writing style and the stories he picks to write about.  It reminds me of Robert Ludlum. 

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Not only is the name of this book secret, so is the plot.  In this humorous book, the author takes the reader on a mad-capped adventure with some interesting characters.  Suitably vague?  I don’t even know if I can talk about the book.  But the author has a way of writing that while not new is certainly clever.  Tell someone to not do something will make them do it right?  And that is-in a sense- what the author is doing here.  He makes a children’s book into a tale of possibly the most secret society on earth (except you don’t know what it is or does)  I enjoyed the point of view of the story and how the author breaks for chapters (sometimes informing readers that they should use the bathroom because the next chapter is a long one).  But what of the story?  Well it centers around Cass and Max-Ernest two seemingly ordinary kids that turn out to have a few tricks up their sleeves.  What makes this story so interesting is not necessarily the secret that is never told, but rather the characters.  Even minor characters are well fleshed out and lend interest and insight into the overall story.  Though a bit long I can see this book becoming a favorite of many. 

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I am so not into animal books.  I tried Redwall, but it was a definite no go.  I read Tale of Despearaux and got through it, but it was not really my thing.  So I was not really looking forward to reading a book about warrior cats, but I knew I should since it has gotten so unbelievably popular this past year.  So I read the first book in the series: Into the Wild.  And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised (not surprised enough to read the next books in the series however). 

This is the story of a house cat (Firepaw) that goes to live in the wild.  There are four clans of cats who fight for survival in the forest.  One clan has decided to take over the rest of the forest and it is up to Firepaw’s clan to stop them.  The cats act like cats and it is a believable representation of cats that live in the wild (for the most part)  Great for the kids who like animal fantasy. 

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